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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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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...

  • Clovis Point

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

  • Waters Crest Winery

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

  • Castello di Borghese

    t's altogether fitting that when Long Island's oldest and most respected winery was up for sale s...

  • Raphael

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

  • 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

  • Pellegrini Vineyards Chardonnay 2011


    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


    great, affordable table red. Read More

    Wine review by misskittyxoxo17

  • Duck Walk Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Long Island Reserve 2007


    I first tasted the 2007 Duck Walk Reserve Cab at a North Fork wine tour in the ... of verve and vigor. The best Long Island wine I have had to date, my only regret is gifting the other bottle to a friend who I can't say for certain will appreciate it as much as I d Read More

    Wine review by Cheap Wine Critic

  • 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

  • Sherwood House Unoaked Chardonnay 2011


    A bit coconutty with classic apple, butter, vanilla and baking spice aromas. Bright and juicy in the mouth with a hint of creamy vanilla flavors framing a simple but fresh core of peach, apple and lemon fruit. There's a hint of something slightly vegetal on the back end that adds some apple core complexity to the fairly long and nicely succulent... 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

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  • 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

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