Over the last month, I’ve been taking Pulse readers on a digital version of the ultimate wine tour. I’ve highlighted some of the unique, sometimes missed attributes that Long Island’s public wineries and vineyards possess. Being placed in one category doesn’t mean a winery doesn’t fit the bill for another. A word of warning: Don’t take the labels too seriously. A winery with live music may also have great food. Like wine, it’s all in good fun and a matter of personal taste. Here’s to that, our final installment of the series and all Long Island wineries.
Long Island Winery With a Noted Tour
Many Long Island wineries offer educational tours of their vineyards, allowing guests to learn about the vine-to-wine process. One in particular continues to receive high praise.
Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, Peconic
Voted fifth in 10 Best’s list of best wine tours in the US by a team of editors and readers, Sannino Bella Vita offers a wide range of tours made for novices and the most discriminating aficionados. The viticulture, processing facility, barrel cellar and vine to wine tours offer behind-the-scenes looks at the wine making process. Those who want to try their own hand at the process can opt for the VIP wine blending class with Anthony Sannino. After a tour of the winery, attendees can taste wine and make their own custom blends as they nibble on lunch. Phone: 631-734-8282 | Address: 1375 Peconic Ln. Click to visit
Family-Friendly Long Island Winery
Though the little ones can’t sip and savor at Long Island wineries until they toast to their 21st birthday, this spot offers some kid-friendly attractions.
Harbes Family Farm, Mattituck
The mecca for pumpkin and apple picking on the North Fork, Harbes Family Farm also boasts a vineyard and wine barn. A renovated 100-year-old potato barn, the rustic space includes wooden ceiling beams and floors, a sofa and tables and chairs. The blanc de blanc is something special—at least that’s what the judges at the NY Wine & Food Classic thought when they awarded it a gold medal. Bonus: During the fall, wine tasting is also available at Harbes Farms in Jamesport and Harbes Orchard in Riverhead. Phone: 631-298-9463 | Address: 715 Sound Ave. Click to visit
Long Island Winery for Rosé All Day
Don’t believe the rumors—rosé is not just a Hamptons thing. Case in point? This Long Island winery is always thinking pink.
Croteaux Vineyards, Southold
This seasonal spot is the only vineyard in the country dedicated to making exclusively dry, fresh and fruity rosé. Guests can taste it in the rustic wooden tasting barn, which is lined with large windows to let the sunlight shine through on a warm August day. The spacious outdoor area has plenty of picnic tables and Adirondack chairs and, on occasion, food trucks. Phone: 631-765-6099 | Address: 1450 Harbor Rd. Click to visit
Long Island Wineries for Bragging Rights
As Long Island wineries have grown in popularity, the trail has gotten longer and lines of traffic larger. Reach these vineyards towards the end of the North Fork wine trail and raise a glass to your efforts.
Kontokosta Winery, Greenport
The last vineyard on the trail, Konkosta Winery rewards guests with plenty of wow and wine. The tasting room’s interior is a sight to see. The large white-walled space features floor-to-ceiling windows, keeping the ambiance bright and elegant, not rustic. There are copper tables for savoring, a concrete bar for tastings and high ceiling for ooo-ing and ahh-ing. But on a warm day, opt for a seat outside for a view of the Long Island Sound. The wine is anything but an afterthought. The 2015 Field Blend is quirky and unique—it manages to simultaneously have a crisp and oily mouthfeel. The medium-bodied 2014 Cabernet Franc, a product of wet summer and dry harvest, has flavors of freshly-picked raspberries and dried figs. It’s not as brooding as its reserve sibling, instead fitting a more seamless, easy-drinking profile that a wider range of guests can appreciate. Address: 631-477-6977 | Address: 825 North Rd. Click to visit
The Old Field Vineyards, Southold
This small vineyard has a major view. It’s the only bayfront vineyard on the North Fork and each summer, guests can take advantage with a bay view tasting experience. The afternoon includes a tasting, food plate and free logo glass. The staff is known to be unpretentious, the resident rooster entertaining and the white wines standouts. Take the 2014 barrel fermented Chardonnay. Aged seven months in oak barrel, its finish is a well-balanced blend of creamy and acidic. Phone: 631-765-0004 | Address: 59600 Main Rd. Click to visit
Arguably Long Island’s most favorite area, the Hamptons are known for glitzy parties, ocean beaches vibrant art scenes and home owners with an affinity for hedges. But the South Fork also has formidable wineries that attract everyone from Baldwins to beach bums.
Duck Walk Vineyards, Water Mill
Duck Walk Vineyards teams up with the Parrish Art Museum and the windmill to welcome visitors to Water Mill. It’s just around the bend when the dual-lane road merges to one, and the distinct wines make it a worthy pitstop if one has a DD. Founded in 1994 by Dr. Herodotus “Dan” Damianos, the man behind Pindar, Duck Walk’s wines lives up to the family name. Consider going off the Pinot-beaten-path and sipping the 2014 Blueberry Port. Crafted from wild Maine blueberries, this dessert wine is sweet yet hearty and displays intense berry flavors. The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is another popular choice. It has a round mouthfeel but a clean and refreshing finish full of grapefruit and lemon flavors. On a warm afternoon, glasses can be enjoyed outdoors, where the wines pair perfectly with a sprawling 130-acre vineyard view. On the other Fork? Duck Walk has a tasting room in Southold. Hamptons: Phone: 631-726-7555 | Address: 231 Montauk Highway Southold: Phone: 631-765-3500 | Address: 4435 Main Rd. Click to visit
Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Sagaponack
The furthest stop on the Hamptons wine trail, Wölffer is often credited with helping to spearhead the rosé revolution on the South Fork. Summer in a Bottle sells out in a Long Island minute each summer. It’s also known to host a celebrity or two—Alec and Hilaria Baldwin renewed their vows there during the summer of 2017. Phone: 631-537-5196 | Address: 139 Sagg Rd. Click to visit
Channing Daughters Winery, Bridgehampton
This vineyard is home to a sculpture garden full of pieces by founder Walter Channing and wines inspired by northeast Italy. The 2016 Scuttlehole Chardonnay is balanced with tropical notes. The staff suggests pairing with white fish. For something truly unique, sample the 2012 Envelope—it’s not red, white or even rosé. It’s orange. OK, it’s technically a white wine fermented on grape skins, which gives it the distinct orange color Brooklyn-ites are loving. It’s complex yet inviting and worth a sip. Phone: 631-537-7224 | Address: 1927 Scuttle Hole Rd. Click to visit
No-Fork Long Island Wineries
Not all wineries are on the Twin Forks. There’s plenty to dig into (and sip) at these Long Island wineries out West. For more information, see our Guide to No-Fork Wineries.