Long Island Wine

 

Long Island, New York is a relatively new wine region. It encompasses both Suffolk and Nassau counties, a.k.a. the North and South Forks (Hamptons), and their smaller islands. Most of the vineyards are located on farms that once grew potatoes and other crops, with tasting rooms in converted barns. Louisa and Alex Hargrave established the first commercial winery, Hargrave Vineyard, in the town of Cutchogue in the North Fork in 1973. Others soon followed, with the Hamptons AVA established in 1985 and the North Fork AVA in 1986. The catch-all Long Island AVA was established in 2001 to allow producers a wider range of grape sources from all sections.
 
Long Island is moderated by the Atlantic, Long Island Sound, and Peconic Bay. The bodies of water cool hot summer temperatures, but can also lead to nasty storm damage during unpredictable late summer/early autumn hurricane season, which can damage crops. However on average, most vintages yield well-balanced grapes which have been given long Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Long Island View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

Subregions of Long Island

Popular Wineries in Long Island View all

  • Macari Vineyards & Winery

    Macari Vineyards, located on the North Fork of Eastern Long Island in Mattituck, is owned and ope...

  • Martha Clara Vineyards

    In 1978, the Entenmann family agreed to sell their family company and move on to greener pastures...

  • Wolffer Estate

    Wölffer Estate an American Winery in the Classic European Tradition. Sagaponack, New York: Her...

  • Waters Crest Winery

    Welcome to Waters Crest Winery, one of the North Fork of Long Island’s finest family-owned and op...

  • Pellegrini Family Vineyards

    The Pellegrini Family traces its heritage in winemaking to the early 1900s when brothers Nello an...

  • Bedell Cellars

    Bedell Cellars is among the oldest and most prestigious wineries on the North Fork of Long Island...

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Long Island on Snooth

  • This offer from Ian Cauble looks worth trying:  ATA RANGI, MARTINBOROUGH PINOT NOIR, “CRIMSON”WAIRARAPA, NEW ZEALAND 2016 It’s not news to Pinot Noir lovers that New Zealand has a few appellations capable of producing world-class Pinot Noir. Central Otago, on the south island and home to the most southerly (as in, close to Antarctica southern) v... Read More

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  • Pellegrini Vineyards Rose North Fork of Long Island 2016

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    Fruity bubble gum floral aromas with fresh peach and gummy candy on the nose. A bit tart, a bit zesty and a bit bold on the palate with good depth of cranberry and cherry fruit and a long streak of earth on the finish. Read More

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  • Lieb Cellars Cabernet Franc Reserve North Fork of Long Island 2015

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    Light cherry and raspberry fruit aromas with a candied sugar quality and a hint of wildflower. Nicely fruited and pleasantly herbed on the palate, with dark raspberry and crispy cranberry fruit flavors, good fresh acidity and a palate that's light on its feet, a touch of blueberry and warming tannins on the finish. Read More

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  • Lieb Cellars Cabernet Franc Reserve North Fork of Long Island 2015

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    Light cherry and raspberry fruit aromas with a candied sugar quality and a hint of wildflower. Nicely fruited and pleasantly herbed on the palate, with dark raspberry and crispy cranberry fruit flavors, good fresh acidity and a palate that's light on its feet, a touch of blueberry and warming tannins on the finish. Read More

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  • Croteaux '181' Merlot Rose 2016

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  • Lieb Cellars Blanc de Blancs Reserve 2011

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    Soft hay, white blossom and pear aromas. A hint of sweet spice on entry, this tingles on the palate and comes with fresh lemon, pink grapefruit and a full texture. Turns creamy on the finish, with pastry cream and butter, a touch of tangerine and a light citrus and apple finish. Read More

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  • Bananas!Kathy - one piece of advice I'd give is that restaurants are ... ... ... doing decent work on Long Island. In Chile too. And it does well in California of course, but there are also a lot of mass-market versions that aren't very interesting.One of the most memorable tastings I ever did was Merlot from different regions. Can't remember... Read More

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  • Thank You, EMARK! I last tried Lyeth several years ago and liked it. Another ... ... Valley and North Fork of Long Island in NY, and Lehigh Valley in PA. I would like to share some info on them with you in a separate message. &nbs Read More

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  • Yeah, Merlot has alays done well on Long Island.  The climate and soil suit it very well.  If I'm not mistaken I think we also made a Can Franc at Hargrave as well.  Cab Franc seems to be less affected by the East Coast's propensity to produce this age-acquired veggieness in some of the other varietals. Read More

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  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime ... ... soil system deeper down.Long Island can at times also be dry, but it's other factors like poor flower set in the Spring and the birds in the Fall that bring their yields down.  As far as other varieties go, when I was there I also produced Sauvignon blanc, Ries... Read More

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  • Big birthday coming up in October and my group of girls and I are thinking of a wine weekend (classes, tastings, food and wine pairings, bed and breakfast accommodations). Anyone have any recommendations for Long Island. We hear it is the up and coming "Napa." I'd appreciate any input. Thanks so much. Cheers!

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