Long Island can quench your thirst for an escape to the wine regions of California and France. How? Just take a drive East, nearby The Vistas of Port Jefferson community, and still only a train ride away from New York City. If you’re ready for an intoxicating day of wine tasting and sophistication, here are some of the best vineyards and wineries on Long Island.
Channing Daughters, on the East End of Long Island, grows more than two dozen grape varieties, including chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. But what sets this Hamptons vineyard apart is the exclusive products at inclusive prices. Go on wine tastings (and see one of the most interesting art collections in New York) without breaking the bank. Now that’s something worth toasting.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard
Complete your Hamptons experience with a visit to the chic Wölffer Estate Vineyard. Celebrities, Sagaponack vacationers and trend-devotees (Wölffer is the vineyard behind the Instagram-famous Summer in a Bottle rosé) rub elbows at this European-inspired attraction. However, you’ll likely be too consumed by Wölffer’s award-winning wines to notice.
If there’s such a thing as a family-friendly vineyard, Macari Vineyards is it. The 500-acre (202ha) Mattituck property is now run by two generations of the Macari family, whose vineyard rows share the land with Sicilian donkeys, Texas longhorns and other friendly animals. While the vineyard isn’t open to children, discovering the renowned wines for the first time will make you feel like a kid again.
Since the mid-1990s, McCall Wines has drawn on French influences to create pinot noir and merlot varieties, distinguishing itself from its New York peers in the process. The burgundy- and Bordeaux-style reds here transport the taste buds, while features such as a tasting room converted from a former horse stable, and a wind-powered farm, ground McCall firmly in New York.