Did you know New York had a wine country? It sure does, and it’s located right on Long Island, NY! With over 60 vineyards and wineries stretching across Long Island’s North Fork and down in the Hamptons, you can say Napa, who? (for now)! In this Long Island Guide, find some of the best vineyards on Long Island, NY, that are perfect for a day trip from NYC and, of course, local Long Islanders!
Living on Long Island, I can say I was pretty lucky to be within an hour of some of my all-time favorite wineries! Enjoy delicious Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot blanc, Wolffer Estate’s famous Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, and more made locally!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Best Vineyards to Visit on Long Island – Just outside NYC!
- Osprey’s Dominion
- Pindar Vineyards
- Pugliese Vineyards
- Duck Walk Vineyards
- Palmer Vineyards
- Del Vino Vineyards
- Croteaux Vineyards
- Paumanok Vineyards
- Castello di Borghese Vineyard
- Lenz Winery
- Best Time To Visit Long Island Vineyards
- How to Get to the Long Island Vineyards
- Other Things to Do on Long Island North Fork
- Best Long Island Vineyards & Wineries Wrap-up
Best Vineyards to Visit on Long Island – Just outside NYC!
Baiting Hollow Farm and Vineyard
Want to visit a vineyard without going all the way out on the North Fork? Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard is located just about 1.24 hours from NYC and is easily one of the best vineyards on Long Island! This was actually the first vineyard I’ve ever visited, and they have a very chill and laid-back “backyard” vibe.
They are a smaller vineyard, but they have a lively feel, horses, food, and live music on the weekends! Their tasting house dates back to the 1800s!
If you were looking for those typical pictures in the grapevine rows, they are roped off, so you can’t do that here, but it is still a ton of fun if you are visiting for the wine! Furthermore, they are pet-friendly in certain areas, so you can bring the furbaby!
I would also suggest heading to their farm stand, where they sell delicious roasted corn and have a shop that has tons of fresh produce. I’ve personally gone apple picking and pumpkin picking with them, and wine after is the perfect treat!
Check Baiting Hollow Vineyard Facebook page for updates on hours!
Long Island insider tip: When talking about Long Island, the correct way to say it is “on Long Island” although you will see “in Long Island” through this article. This is for search purposes only! To my local Long Islanders, don’t be mad at me! For my Long Island visitors – just know the correct way is “vineyards on Long Island!
Macari Vineyards is a family-owned business that has been around since 1995. This Long Island vineyard has an elegant tasting room, lots of outdoor seating, delicious wine, and the best pizza truck that stays on the property!
If you plan on frolicking through the 500 acres of vineyards, you can do just that here! Macari Vineyards actually have 2 locations, one in Mattituck and one in Cutchogue. I can personally only speak to their Mattituck location, which I really loved!
With wine, pizza, and stunning fields, it’s easy to see why they are one of the best vineyards on Long Island! Furthermore, all their grapes are strictly farmed without herbicide.
If you are looking for a more upscale vibe, you will love visiting their tasting room and fields! Before visiting, you will want to make sure to have a reservation for their Mattituck location.
This winter, they are serving a 3 wine flight tasting with a cheese and charcuterie board per person. They are accepting parties of up to 6 guests for the back deck. This is $40 per guest. Macari has also added some additional experiences that can be fun for groups visiting. The featured wines on the flight are Dos Aguas red blend 2017 and Sauvignon Blanc “Lifeforce” 2020, Rosé 2020.
If you plan your trip in June/July, you should also check out the Lavender by the Bay, which has beautiful lavender fields you can walk through. Learn more about the lavender farms here!
Wölffer Estate Vineyard
Are you heading to the Hamptons? Take a trip to Wölffer Estate Vineyard, which is another top vineyard on Long Island. Located on the South Fork, Wölffer Estate offers a beautiful tasting room of both indoor and outdoor seating along with private tours of their vineyard and cellars.
I personally have never done their private tour, but I hear it’s really nice, especially if you are a wine enthusiast.
While the menu changes every day, a visit to their tasting room offers wine and cider by the glass, bottle, or by flight (4). Flights are generally around $30-35 per order. They also offer small plates, cheese, and charcuterie boards to make for the perfect experience.
Make sure to try a glass of their Summer in a Bottle Rośe, which has made the vineyard so popular among locals. This is one of my favorite vineyards on Long Island to visit during the summer.
Make sure to make a reservation before visiting, which can be done up to 2 weeks in advance for parties of 8 or less. You can make reservations to Wölffer Estate here.
Local Long Island Tip: For a sunset dinner on the water, head to Cowfish in the Hampton Bays.
Looking for a laid back hands-off wine tasting experience? Osprey Dominion has been planting since 1983 under the watchful eye of the Osprey flying over. You can now enjoy 90 acres of Carmenere, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc!
This is the perfect vineyard on Long Island for large groups looking to picnic outside and of course, enjoy some wine! Osprey’s Dominion offers small plates, including guac and chips, however, you are also allowed to bring your own picnic snacks.
They have a large field with picnic tables and usually have live music on the weekend. Additionally, this Long Island winery tends to have fun events going on!
Check Osprey Dominion’s Facebook page for updates on events and live music!
Welcome to the largest vineyard on Long Island, with over 500 acres! Pindar has been in business for 40 years and is considered one of the best vineyards on Long Island among local Long Islanders.
Pindar Vineyards grow 17 different varieties of grapes, producing 23 varieties and proprietary blends that produce 70,000 cases a year.
They also strive environmentally, with more than 80% of our electrical needs met by wind power!
Enjoy visiting their tasting rooms 7 days a week with live music on Saturdays and Sundays. A glass of wine averages around $15 – $30. Currently, they are featuring Dr. Dan’s Gewürztraminer 2020, 2020 Riesling, and Dr. Dan’s White Blend 2020.
You can also be treated with their sunflower fields during the summer months (end of July/August). Their flagship vineyard is located in Peconic, along with a tasting room winery in Port Jefferson, Long Island.
If you are looking to hang out in the fields, I’d suggest heading straight to Peconic!
Pugliese Vineyards is another popular vineyard in Long Island. Established in 1980, this family-owned and operated vineyard specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Niagara, and Merlot.
They have picnic tables and live music! During a visit to Pugliese Vineyards, you can enjoy bottles of wine starting at $10 and small bites, including cheese, crackers, olives, meats, and sweets. Additionally, they offer flights (4) for $20.
Everything is outside, so the weather comes into play when visiting.
This vineyard has a more chill vibe and serves tastings in plastic cups. They also have a Koi fish pond that everyone always seems to be very fond of!
Duck Walk Vineyards
Founded in 1994, Duck Walk Vineyards is another one of the best vineyards to visit, with two locations! With a combined 140 scenic acres, they produce around 5,000 cases of wine a year.
If you are spending a weekend in the Hamptons, you can visit their flagship location with 30 acres to enjoy. Or if vineyard hopping down Long Island’s North Fork is more your scene, they opened a new location in 2007.
Currently, they offer live music at both locations on the weekend on their patio. Tastings are $13 with wine varieties including Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Malbec. Duck Walk Vineyards also offers snacks and cheeses, however, you are also allowed to bring your own “light snacks.” Oh, and they are also pet-friendy
Hours: 11 AM – 5:30 PM
Duck Walk North Address: 44535 Main Rd, Southold, NY 11971
Duck Walk Hamptons Address: 231 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976
If you are looking for another vineyard that is slightly closer to New York City, Palmer Vineyards is located in Riverhead. They have been open since 1983 and are family-owned.
Palmer’s currently serves small plates of food, pizza, and 8 different wines to taste. This vineyard also usually has live music on the weekend! Furthermore, they serve local Peconic Bay oysters from Harvest Moon Shellfish Co., making them one of the best vineyards on Long Island.
Palmer Vineyards are a little more on the expensive side but are still a favorite among local Long Islanders.
Palmer Vineyards is also dog-friendly!
Del Vino Vineyards
Originally built on an apple orchard, Del Vino Vineyards has become one of the best vineyards to visit on Long Island. Located about 50 miles from midtown NYC, Del Vino is another great winery close to the city. They now have 11 acres that host an impressive tasting room, outdoor patio, and vineyards.
Wines to enjoy at Del Vino Vineyards include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling, and more! Additionally, you can enjoy light bites and tapas, including pizza, cheese boards, charcuterie boards, and desserts. They even serve craft beer from Oyster Bay Brewing CO.
If Rosé is your thing, then head over to the Croteaux Vineyards! They are the only vineyard in the USA to make only Rosé! Known for their cute boho vibes that were inspired by the South of France, enjoy relaxing in their tasting garden for still and sparkling rosé flights, glasses, and bottles. Additionally, they also offer light bites, including baguette & herbed cheese spread, lobster roll sliders, North Fork Potato Chips, and more.
Unlike many vineyards on Long Island, they are only open seasonally. The Vineyard is open from Spring through late Fall. During operating hours, it is first-come, first-serve, daily from 12 PM – 6 PM. During wet weather, they have 2 covered barns.
The beautiful property has 11 acres of vineyards and glasses of wine, averaging around $13-$16 USD. Bottles are around $35 – $40 USD. Currently, the Croteaux Vineyards are featuring the 2021 Chloe and Sparkling Chloe. They are both pet- and child-friendly, and they are suitable for well-behaved pups and kids. You can find the tasting and food menu for Croteaux Vineyards here.
Founded in 1983, this lovely 127-acre estate is family-owned by the Massouds’. Throughout their fields, they grow high-quality grapes consisting of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, and Petit Verdot.
Every year, they have an annual barrel tasting and a large outdoor deck where you can enjoy the views while sipping wine. You can also enjoy an array of hot and cold food during your visit, including local oysters.
This Long Island vineyard is open year-round 7 days a week from 11 AM – 5 PM. The last seating is at 4 PM. They recommend making a reservation for seating (especially on the weekend) but do their best to accommodate walk-ins.
Castello di Borghese Vineyard
Another great vineyard on Long Island to visit goes to the first vineyard of Long Island. The first vineyard plants took root in 1973 by owners Alex and Louisa Hargrave. Eventually, in 1998, they sold their vineyard to the owners Ann Marie and Marco Borghese and their children.
They offer a laid-back tasting room where outside food and picnics are encouraged by the winery. They even offer private tours of the vineyard Tuesday-Sunday at 11:30, 1:30, or 3:30, hosted by Giovanni Borghese!
If you are looking for a winery that serves both food and wine, Lenz Winery, located in Peconic, is one of the best Long Island wineries. Purchased by Peter and Deborah Carroll in 1988, they are known to have some of the best varietal wines. They hand-harvest and sort with individual berry selection and fermented in small batches of Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and more.
Their flights range from $25 – $35, and they offer A La Carte cheese, charcuterie boards, sandwiches, and sweets. This Long Island winery has both indoor and outdoor seating, and they are dog-friendly!
When visiting, reservations are preferred, but they will accept walk-ins. The winery is open year-round during the hours of Sunday – Friday: 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM – 6 PM. Reservations can be made here.
Best Time To Visit Long Island Vineyards
Long Island Vineyards are actually open all year round making it one of the best things to do on Long Island! The busiest season is by far the summer, which is also when most events and live music will happen.
The Spring and Fall will be when you can still enjoy nice weather with fewer crowds.
In the Winter, most tastings will be held inside, and the vineyard vines will look bare, but that doesn’t make the wine taste any less delicious!
How to Get to the Long Island Vineyards
Now that you know the best Vineyards on Long Island, how will you get to them? Well, the best way to reach them is by car. You can consider doing an Uber or Lyft if everyone in your party will be drinking.
However, what we locals generally do, is rent a bus or limo to drive us out. Typically, this will include a couple of vineyards.
Lastly, you can try to take public transportation such as the LIRR, however, it will still be pretty difficult to reach the vineyards.
Other Things to Do on Long Island North Fork
When visiting the North Fork, going vineyard hopping is most popular, but there are other things you might want to check out while in the area.
There are tons of farms in the area selling fresh produce, and many times you can pick the farms yourself! Depending on the season, you can go apple picking, pumpkin picking, explore corn mazes, or Christmas tree picking!
You can also check out the Tanger Outlet shops in Riverhead. In terms of outlet stores, they are the best on Long Island, in my opinion, with tons of brands to choose from!
Best Long Island Vineyards & Wineries Wrap-up
This covers some of the best Long Island Vineyards to visit both in the Hamptons and North Fork! I hope you have the best time exploring Long Island’s wine country and remember to drink responsibly and follow each establishment’s rules.
Have other vineyards you love on Long Island that you think should make the list? Let me know in the comments below!