Oenophilia reaches a fever pitch in the fall as vintners and vineyard staff get busy harvesting. From the Hamptons to Lake Erie, winos can taste the fruits of their labor at New York wine festivals. Savor the season at five that are not to be missed.
What: NYC Autumn Wine Festival
Where: NYY Steak, 7 West 51st St.
When: Saturday, Nov. 18, 2-5pm or 7-10pm
Why Go: This celebration of wine in Midtown features more than 150 wines carefully selected by NYC-based wine retailer Vintry Fine Wines. Expect lush red and crisp white wines accompanied by light hors d’oeuvres from noted restaurant NYY Steak. Click to go
What: Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival
Where: 233 37th St.
When: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2-5pm or 7-10pm
Why Go: Vino with a view. This festival takes place at Industry City, which boasts a view of the waterfront. Vintry Fine Wines will provide a curated selection of more than 175 wines and ciders for guests to sample alongside small plates from favorite Brooklyn restaurants like Table 87 Coal Oven Pizza. Click to go
What: Benmarl’s Annual October Grape Stomping Event
Where: Benmarl Winery, 156 Highland Ave.
When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 11am-7pm and Sunday, Oct. 8, 12-6pm
Why Go: Stomp grapes to the beat of live music at this annual fall event. General admission includes six wines to taste, tours on the hour and live music. Click to go
What: Wölffer Estate Annual Harvest Party
Where: 139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack
When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 12-5pm
Why Go: Take part in barrel-rolling, grape-stomping and a wine-making relay race at this ever-popular Hamptons winery. Wölffer adult beverages (read: wine and cider) will be available for tastings and there will be kid-friendly attractions like a petting zoo and hayrides. Click to go
Lake Erie Wine Country
What: Lake Erie Wine Country Harvest Celebration
Where: Various wineries
When: Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 10-12, various hours
Why Go: Hit the road for a three-day harvest celebration full of wine and food pairings. A recipe book and complementary wine glass are included with admission. Click to go