Raise a Glass, Stomp a Grape This Month

Autumn is as synonymous with wine as it is with pumpkins, fashion and foliage. Relish in the season of grapes and the local wineries responsible for our favorite vinos by the glass or bottle. Four 2016 Long Island wine harvest festivals remind us the glass is always half-full.

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Wölffer Estate Annual Harvest Party

There’s a reason this has been happening for more than a decade. Don’t miss the family affair filled with grape stomping, barrel rolling, live music, wine, cider and cuisine that’s sure to satisfy everyone’s palate. This year, attendees have a chance to win the Lederhosen and Dirndl Contest for best classic German attire. Oct. 8, noon-5pm, $145  Go.

Benmarl’s Annual October Harvest Grape Stomping Festival

image: nancy tunison

image: nancy tunison

Rain or shine, ring in the fall with some old-fashion grape stomping overlooking the beautiful foliage of the Hudson River Valley. Drinking local wine and dancing to live tunes by Redeye and 20/20 is a must during your visit. Oct. 8-9, 11am-7pm, $20 Go.

Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival

A festival with more than 175 wines to taste is worth raising two glasses. Artisanal hors d’oeuvres from Brooklyn and beyond make for a delightful afternoon. Nov. 12, 2:30-5pm or 7:30-10pm, $52+ Go.

NYC Autumn Wine Festival


This celebration of wine in Midtown is accompanied by live Jazz from the Saul Rubin Duo and light fare prepared by NYY Steak’s first class culinary team. Nov. 19, 2:30-5pm or 7:30-10pm, $99+ Go.