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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Clovis Point

    In 2001, the partners of Clovis Point purchased ten acres of farm land with a beautiful barn in t...

  • Medolla Vineyards

    Our family’s wine making can be traced to the base of Italy’s Mount Vesuvius - a region known for...

  • Comtesse Thérèse

    New York . . . the greatest city in the world . . . and a winemaking region. Yes, with almost 5...

  • Roanoke Vineyards

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

  • 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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