Long Islanders have become spoiled with how many quality vineyards and wineries are located nearby. Besides Napa Valley, Long Island wine country has slowly been making a name for itself with vineyards like Macari and Jamesport. In fact, the East End has become one of the most recognizable regions in the entire country because of its out-of-this-world wines.
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Located on a sandy slope in the North Fork along the Long Island Sound, Macari Vineyards is a family-owned and operated vineyard that’s dedicated to producing balanced, age-worthy vinos. Come out and stop by their Mattituck or Cutchogue Tasting Room to try them first-hand.
When you visit, you will be able to choose from several tasting flights and wines by the glass or bottle that you can enjoy while overlooking the scenic vineyard. Some of their famous, top-flight wines include selections like:
- 2015 Chardonnay Estate
- 2013 Merlot Reserve
- 2015 Dos Aguas White
- 2014 Cabernet Franc
Just remember, no outside food is permitted, but they do sell domestic and imported artisanal cheeses and charcuterie that pair with each wine nicely. The vineyard and tasting room are quite popular during the summer. That’s why advanced booking is recommended, so make a reservation today.
Jamesport Vineyards is a father-son collaborative effort that dates back to 1986, making it one of the oldest vineyards in the North Fork. Their great lawn is the ideal summer location for kicking back and enjoying great wine, live music, light fare and good times all around.
Although it’s closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the tasting room is open every other day from noon to 5:30 p.m. When you visit, you have to try their signature wines like:
- 2013 East End Merlot
- 2013 Demi Sec Riesling
- 2016 Albarino Petillant Naturel
- 2016 Saddleback Preserve
No stop at Jamesport Vineyards is complete without a visit to Little Oak, their North Fork inspired, wood-fired oven restaurant, for some quality Neapolitan pizza.
Southold’s Mattebella Vineyards is located on a small family farm on the North Fork of Long Island wine country. They are dedicated to creating high-quality, old world-style wines that pair well with a wide variety of foods.
They use an environmentally-friendly form of farming, healthy vineyard practices and traditional winemaking techniques. Their tasting room cottage, which is open all year round, is where you can try wines like:
- Famiglia Red
- Old World Blend
- Merlot Blend
At Mattebella Vineyards, they do things the old-fashioned way. Stop by their tasting room this summer for the entire experience.
Long Island wine country rivals even the historic Napa Valley in California, especially at these three incredible vineyards.