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

  • 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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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...

  • Lenz Winery

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

  • Clovis Point

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

  • Paumanok Vineyards, Ltd.

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

  • Comtesse Thérèse

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

  • Brooklyn Oenology

    Brooklyn Oenology is a wine company headquartered in Greenpoint Brooklyn. We produce our wines o...

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Long Island on Snooth

  • 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

  •  We invite you to experience true creativity and magic of  bubbles in our exclusive Pop Up tasting of Growers Champagne and Premium Sparkling Wine. Join us on August 28th 2012 at 7 pm at this exciting event in New York City in the intimate environment of the Romo Show Room! This Pop Up tasting of exclusive terroir wines is limited to 20 people a... Read More

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  • Channing Daughters Merlot the Hamptons Sculpture Garden 2005


    Not a great merlot; tannins too dusty, doesn't smooth even with air mellowing in the decanting stage. Should be drunk early. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Paumanok Sauvignon Blanc 2010


    I've got to try this again, but it was filled with controlled amounts of light lemon zest and a bready sort-of nose. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872

  • Channing Daughters Pinot Grigio Long Island Ramato 2011


    The nose was intoxicating and ever-changing, like a floral perfume that draws you in with aromas of peach, ginger preserves, danylion, brown sugar, honey and herbal tea leaves. On the palate, it showed brisk acidity with inner floral notes, minerals and dried apricot, yet it lost some of its momentum toward the close and finished clean and weigh... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  •  We have all heard the sage words when it comes to food pairing: white wines with fish and red wines with meat. But this week, we decided to challenge that premise at our office by selecting a number of off-the-beaten path white wines to pair with barbecued faire from Brooklyn’s famed Fette Sau. As soon as the food arrived, there was no other sm... Read More

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