Long Islanders can enjoy dazzling sunsets, wine tastings and picturesque views by taking a quick trip to the South Fork. While the North Fork boasts countless wineries like Palmer Vineyards and Jamesport Vineyards, the South Fork has a few gems for wine tasting, too. Take advantage of the weather and appreciate these charming views near the Hamptons.
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Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Sagaponack
Summer was made for sipping rosé, and Wölffer Estate Vineyard has taken the seasonal luxury to the bottle. Known for its “Summer in a Bottle,” the floral drink was added to the rosé collection in 2013 and explodes with fruit flavor. The vineyard also boasts great views of the East End and features live music. Visit the winery for Twilight Thursdays or Sunset Fridays and Saturdays at the Montauk Highway outpost to enjoy wine tastings and jazz music. Address: 139 Sagg Road | Phone: 631-537-5106 Click to go
Duck Walk Vineyards, Water Mill
Head to Duck Walk Vineyard for heavenly blends of sauvignon blanc, pinot meunier, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and five different dessert wines. Those with a heavy sweet tooth should definitely try the 2014 Blueberry Port crafted from wild Maine blueberries. It is sweet with strong berry flavors. Outside the tasting room, there is a pond, tables, chairs and a sprawling 130-acre vineyard view making the experience even grander. Address: 231 Montauk Highway | Phone: 631-726-7555 Click to go
Channing Daughters Winery, Bridgehampton
Reds, whites and rosé, this vineyard has it all and then some. While blends like the Scuttlehole Chardonnay and Merlot get a lot of hype, visitors can also try a unique “orange” wine called the 2012 Envelope. It is a white wine fermented on grape skins, which gives it the distinct orange color. Head to the winery with a group and spend $18 on a flight of six wines or explore the sculpture garden with pieces by founder Walter Channing. Address: 1927 Scuttlehole Road | Phone: 631-537-7224 Click to go