Picturesque vineyards spread through the North and South Forks are totally worth the visit. Here are the sceniest wineries of the bunch for your next Long Island outing.
A bit off the beaten path, Croteaux Vineyards, established in 2003, is the nation’s only winery that exclusively produces rosé made from estategrown merlot, cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc grapes that yield a lineup of nine still and sparkling rosés. The vineyard is set against the backdrop of two historic farms, which have been in continuous agricultural production since the 1700s. Post up in the stunning outdoor tasting garden that’s so evocative of southern France for samples and light bites, or swing by the outdoor bar for a quick glass. 1450 S. Harbor Road, Southold.
Paumanok—a Native American word for “Long Island”—was founded by the Massoud family in 1983, and has become something of a wine critics’ darling: Accolades include winning New York Winery of the Year for 2015 at the New York Wine & Food Classic. The Aquebogue tasting room is open all year, offering flights of wine from $6 and a slate of guided tours ranging up to a VIP tour and tasting with a Massoud family member. 1074 Main Road (Route 25), Aquebogue.
Wölffer is arguably the most scene-y of all wineries, not just because of its Sagaponack location on the South Fork, but because of its chic terra cotta-tiled tasting room, manicured thoroughbreds and European-inspired style. Though its rosé is ubiquitous on the East End, winemaker Roman Roth’s reds and sparkling wines (not to mention ciders) are well worth the try. In the warm months, the outdoor Wine Stand is a fine sunsetwatching spot on weekends. 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack.
This domain encompasses 40 acres of vineyards using strictly the traditional Méthode Champenoise process, making Sparkling Pointe the only North Fork winery to produce exclusively sparkling wines. The winery is designed and maintained by Frenchborn winemaker Gilles Martin, formerly of Champagne’s famed Deutz and Roederer estates, who boasts a prestigious master’s of oenology from the University of Montpellier. Adding to the experience, the Tasting House is adorned with opulent crystal chandeliers, high ceilings and plenty of natural light dotted with bright Brazilian artwork that influenced the Cuvée Carnaval sparkling wine labels. 39750 County Road 48, Southold.
Barbara Shinn and David Page, the owners of Home restaurant in NYC, have put their efforts behind an alternatively powered, biodynamically farmed winery that has garnered a following among drinkers who appreciate natural winemaking and the sensibility that surrounds it—not to mention feverous applause from esteemed journalists and wine connoisseurs. A visit to this small and humble North Fork vineyard is more about the enjoyment of its stellar sauvignon blancs and red Bordeaux blends (and Page’s brandies) or an overnight stay at the winery’s Farmhouse Inn, one of the region’s top B&Bs. 2000 Oregon Road, Mattituck.
The Macari family has owned 500 acres of Mattituck waterfront for over half a century, and its vineyard rows share the farm with a menagerie of animals. Visitors to the tasting room, or its satellite in Cutchogue, can choose from a number of flights or wines by the glass, which are best sampled along with artisanal cheese and charcuterie. The top-end red blends like the Bergen Road have developed a cultish following. 150 Bergen Ave., Mattituck.
Photography by: Courtesy of Vineyards