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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • 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

  • Raphael

    The winemaking philosophy is based on an understanding of the cycle of nature, the climate and so...

  • Wolffer Estate

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

  • Corey Creek Vineyards

    All of the equipment helps us to extract the ripe supple skin tannins of our grapes, but not the ...

  • Lieb Cellars

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

  • Roanoke Vineyards

    Roanoke Vineyards is owned by long-time Long Island Vinyardist Richard Pisacano and his wife Sora...

  • Paumanok Vineyards, Ltd.

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

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  • Sherwood House Sherwood Manor 2007


    Low on the nose and slightly weedy with lots of nutty oak undertones. Smooth and very well behaved, this is a wine built on elegance not power, though it's firmly medium-bodied. Flavors are soft and subtle, showing earthy red fruit flavors along the lines of wild raspberries and red currants with a hint of sweet red plum. The wood shows up more... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Anthony Nappa Wines 'Anomaly' White Pinot Noir 2012


    Big fan of this wine. I most recently enjoyed the 2011 vintage. Let it breathe a bit and the strawberry and cherry flavors shine through ... a balanced wine that has been very versatile and was just as good with roast chicken or turkey as well as heartier dishes like stews. Read More

    Wine review by ftezen

  •  "Just like Napa wines are from Napa Valley, Maine lobster are from ... Victoria, Western Australia, Long Island and Rioja is focussing on the integrity of wine places and demands that a wine's true origin is clearly stated on the label.Please support this initiative by signing the petition http://petition.champagne.us/ &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Demand truth in labelling -...

  • Pindar Vineyards White Blend North Fork Winter White 2010


    Very sweet. Read More

    Wine review by Clare Goggin Sivits

  • Macari Chardonnay Early Wine 2012


    The nose was lively with a bouquet of green apple, melon, stony minerals and a spritz of citrus. On the palate, a wave of semi-sweet citrus fruits turned to green apple acidity with a slight fizz that spread across the senses. The finish was pure, clean yet showed citrusy green melon and left the mouth watering. (89 points) Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  • Lieb Family Cellars Pinot Blanc North Fork Reserve 2011


    Great acidity and a touch of sweetness make this Long Island wine a nice choice with a variety of foods. Read More

    Wine review by Mike Madaio

  • I stumbled onto this list of Top 10 U.S. Wine Destinations at a site called ... Valley, ORFinger Lakes, NYLong Island, NYPaso Robles. CATemecula, CAWalla Walla, WAPalisade, COPlymouth, CAIt's not clear to me how this list was built.  For all I know it was a guy in need of an idea before deadline making up a list from ether.  But it's reasonabl... Read More

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  • Macari Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2011


    The nose showed citrus, green apple, smoky almond and grassy notes. It coated the palate in pineapple and lemony citrus notes with green apple acidity, which lasted through the refreshing, crisp finish. This is easily one of my favorite Sauvignon Blancs from the North Fork. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  • Baiting Hollow White Satin


    One of the best white wines in Long Island. Not as fruity as a Sav Blanc, but nice and light for a hot summer day or a nice fish dinner. Read More

    Wine review by KMandel

  • Palmer Chardonnay Estate 2010


    Delicious and pleasant. Tastes like honey Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

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