Summer may be waning, but don’t expect the lines at North Fork wineries to make like the days and grow shorter. Harvest season will be here before you know it, and with that comes parties, must-see fall foliage and limited-edition ciders. But some local vineyards have managed to stay well-kept secrets, offering in-the-know guests an intimate, quiet respite from the crowds. Think quiet gardens, delectable food pairings and a place to sit. There’s time before the weather gets too cold to talk about. Make the most of it by swirling, smelling, sipping and savoring something different at three hidden North Fork wineries.
Take a load off at Diliberto Winery—it’s practically a house rule. There’s no bar in the tasting room, just tables, chairs and a mural designed to make guests feel as if they are at a café in northern Italy. Ditto for the olives, lupini beans and taralle, which come free with a tasting, a concept inspired by a wine bar co-owners Maryann and Sal Diliberto visited in Torino. Go
Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse
When co-owner David Page told friends he was opening a winery on Oregon Road in Mattituck, they thought he was kidding. But those who have ventured off Sound Avenue to try the 2014 Mojo Cabernet Franc, an earthy red so polished it demands a second taste, are glad he wasn’t. Sip it inside the Tuthill-style home, where the tasting room feels more like a zen den. Wooden placards with words like “tranquility” and “serene” remind people why they went north at the fork in the first place. Go
One Woman Wines & Vineyards
A ton of work goes into the wines served inside the tiny, red-shingled shed that fits about a dozen people at a time—and it’s pretty much all done by one woman. Claudia Purita, who grew up on a farm in Calabria, Italy, hand plants the vines and makes the wine. The bottles of white are oft-raved about. One sip of the Gewürztraminer, a floral and dry steel-fermented wine, can have even the staunchest red wino asking for a glass. Go