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...

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Popular Wineries in Long Island View all

  • Lieb Cellars

    Lieb Family Cellars operates its tasting room and produces its wines at The Premium Wine Group (P...

  • Paumanok Vineyards, Ltd.

    Founded in the spring of 1983, our 103 acre estate is entirely owned and managed by Ursula and...

  • Lenz Winery

    Open daily for tastings. See out website to sign up for our Newsletter! Lots of special events,...

  • Macari Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Waters Crest Winery

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

  • Long Island Meadery

    Have you ever heard of mead? Have you ever tried mead? Maybe you tried mead while visiting Europ...

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Long Island on Snooth

  • Bedell Malbec 2011

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    Love the smooth fruit forward Malbec! Read More

    Wine review by Teekay9


  • Channing Daughters Sauvignon Blanc North Fork Mudd Vineyard 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by rsk334


  • Channing Daughters White Blend the Hamptons Envelope 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by rsk334


  • These are are faves: http://www.paumanok.com/Great merlot plus a deck with picnic tables overlooking the vineyards. http://www.mccallwines.com/Perfume-heavy pinot noir, friendly staff  Read More

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  • One of the writers on my website did a big North Fork trip last fall and wrote a mini-opus on the visit. Here's part 3: http://pavineco.com/wine-north-fork-long-island-new-york-tasting-notes/ (links to part 1 and 2 are at the top). Hope this helps - feel free to post questions in the comments and I'm sure Jeff will respond. Read More

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  • Hi guys, I have a friend from Brazil in town (NYC town) for a month and she ... she wants to do a North Fork Long Island visit. I haven't been in some time -- has anyone been there recently and knows what is good to try these days (I realize that "good" for LI wines is a bit of a stretch, but...).I remember Pindar was nice for picnics and I th... Read More

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  • Surprise! I pretty much found jack shopping locally. I searched our biggest wine store, for every wine you guys mentioned (and most of the wines in GdP's article)...and only came up with the Beringer Founders Estate and Chateau Ste. Michelle (both their chard and their cheaper stimson estate chard). I put myself on the waitlist for Ceritas...not... Read More

    Forum post in the topic I'm Liking Napa Chardonnays


  • I have visited Portugal twice,once to Lisbon and the Algarve and once to the island of Maderia and both times I thought it a lovely place but it was a long time ago.Happy 4th of July to you all although,funnily enough,it is not a festival celebrated here in the UK. Read More

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  • Pellegrini Vineyards Chardonnay 2011

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    i'm not a white wine person, but this is lovely. light and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by misskittyxoxo17


  • Bedell Red Blend North Fork First Crush Red 2009

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    great, affordable table red. Read More

    Wine review by misskittyxoxo17


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