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Suffolk County, better known as the North Fork of Long Island, New York is a relatively young wine region. However the land has a rich agricultural history. 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 1973. Other wineries soon followed throughout the landscape. In 1986, the North Fork was awarded AVA status. Eventually the Hargraves sold their winery to Italian wine-making nobles Marie and Marco Borghese, who converted it to Castello di Borghese in 1999. By then, the North Fork was well on its way to becoming a region known for diverse and quality wines, with dozens of producers. 
 
The North Fork is a peninsula that juts out into Long Island Sound and the Peconic Bay. The climate is maritime, with cooling effects from the water that afford a long growing season. However, it can also be subject Read more »

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  • 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...

  • 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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