Fantastic Wineries To Visit On Long Island’s North Fork



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1. Paumanok Vineyards, Aquebogue

Its wines are so popular that they have been served at the White House.



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Paumanok is a stickler when it comes to quality. “There’s no substitute for producing great wine if you don’t use the healthiest, ripest grapes,” is their guiding principle.

The vineyard has an airy tasting room and a beautiful outdoor deck facing 80 acres of vineyards.

2. Jamesport Vineyards, Jamesport

Offers a creative food and wine option on the North Fork Wine Trail.



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The grounds at the 30-year-old winery are extensive with picnic tables set up for sipping and enjoying the vineyard’s thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas.

3. RGNY, Riverhead

If you’re into trying different kinds of wine, this is your go-to



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At RGNY, you’ll find interesting twists on tastes and textures. Consider, for instance, the pinot noir and cabernet franc — both are unfiltered, creating a nose, color, and body that will perk up your senses.

4. Macari Vineyards & Winery, Mattituck

Invites you to experience the results of three generations of family-run winemaking in a setting that began as a potato farm.



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The lovely vineyard, set back from Sound Avenue, is a dream for sampling Macari’s many wines, including the signature sparkling “HORSES,” a distinctive expression of petit verdot with a distinctive label and bottle to match.

The wine bar and tasting room offer flights from their selection of cabernet franc, Dos Aguas red blend, sauvignon blanc, and rosé.

5. Croteaux Vineyards, Southold

Do you love rosé? Put Croteaux on your list of must-visit



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Tucked away on a side street shielded by hedges and bordered by extensive farmland, gets my vote for the most romantic vineyard on the North Fork.

You’ll need a map to find it, though — it’s off-the-grid and doesn’t always show up on GPS.

6. Kontokosta Winery, Greenport

North Fork’s most sophisticated vineyard and is in a league of its own.



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Exclusive with a dramatic waterfront setting overlooking the bluffs of Long Island, Kontokosta is all about sustainability in the production of sauvignon blanc, viognier, riesling, merlot, and cabernet.

7. Clovis Point Vineyard & Winery, Jamesport

Produces small-lot artisanal wines in a setting surrounded by cornfields and vines.



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In addition to its selection of award-winning reds and whites, the vineyard has live music on weekends with uncrowded seating indoors or outdoors depending on the season.

8. Bedell Cellars, Cutchogue

40 years of trial and refinement have earned Bedell a recognized name for small-batch, sustainable wines



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I first encountered Bedell Cellars when it was one of two vineyards on the North Fork. Since then, popular Bedell (as it’s known) has matured into one of the area’s most beautiful and established vineyards with equally mature red, white, and rosé wines.

9. Pindar Vineyards, Peconic

A welcoming entity with more than 500 acres of vineyards, a tasting room, and an outdoor area as expansive as you’ll find on Long Island.



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The family-owned icon is overseen by mother-and-son team Barbara and Pindar Damianos, keeping alive the vision and traditions begun 40 years ago by Barbara’s husband.