The hustle and bustle of New York City is simply mesmerizing. People travel from around the world just to experience the energy it gives off. But those who work day to day on those streets know the residents of the city that never sleeps could use a nap! So where do you go when you need to get out of the city and experience some R&R? Why not take a short trip up to the Long Island Wine Region!
Long Island is filled with quaint towns and picturesque houses. But it’s also home to some renowned wineries. These wineries are scatter between the North and South Forks of the Island. So how do you know which are worth the trip? Take a look at our top 5 must see Long Island Wineries and start planning your next trip!
The North Fork
1. Raphael’s Winery – Raphael Winery will make you feel like you’ve somehow transported from Long Island to a Tuscan Villa. The Winery is simply stunning. When you walk in, you see a round tasting room dotted by twinkle lights that overlooks sprawling vineyards. It’s not a surprise this winery is booked solid during wedding season! If the atmosphere wasn’t enough, the wines are lovely and the people(it’s family run) are even lovelier. Try the 2015 Chardonnay!
2. Lieb Cellars – Lieb’s tasting room is delightfully relaxing. No stuffy air of pretentious wine lovers here. The winery has a branch called Bridge Lane Wines, which specializes in serving their wines in Bottles, Boxes, and Kegs: The perfect equation for any summertime get together with friends. They describe these wines as “fruit forward, food friendly, and at a lower price.” With lots of events, including a Rose Crawl, and regular visits by food trucks, this winery is worth a visit. Try the Sparkling Rose!
3. Sparkling Pointe – What can we say about Sparkling Pointe! It’s a constant party. The owners , Tom and Cynthia, are fascinating lawyers turned wine makers who love Brazilian culture and host their own carnival every year. The sparkling wines are complex and unique and delicious. Quite simply, we want to move in there and never return to our real lives. Seriously, Tom and Cynthia, are you interested in adopting a traveling penniless blogger? Think about it! In the interim, go visit Sparkling Pointe and try their 2013 Brut Rose.
The South Fork
1. Channing Daughters Winery – Channing daughter is quite the uncommon winery. This is not the place to sit with a picnic lunch and listen to live music. But if you want to some serious tastings and meet some seriously cool people, this is the winery for you. The owner, Chris Tracy, is truly a visionary. His experimentation, from Orange Wines to creating seasonal Vermouth’s from the product of the land, is ever changing and fascinating. If you are interested in Italian wines, you want to check out Channing. They mirror their growing season and varietals around regions in Northern Italy with comparable climates.
2. Wolffer Estate – Wolffer’s outside patio is nothing short of breathtaking. We spent a sun soaked afternoon there and we did not want to leave! Rustic tables are scattered along a large open air patio that overlooks their sprawling vines. Vines that horses happen to meander through pretty regularly! If you’re looking for a winery that cares about the environment they work in, Wolffer is for you! Their sustainable farming practices are extensive. But If you’re just looking for a beautiful winery with good wines and live music on the weekends, they do that too! Their Summer in a Bottle is a staple at all Taste of Purple parties now. It’s crisp and light and the bottle is pretty enough to display long after the wine is gone. That’s our definite recommendation for this winery.
You’re ready for your weekend in Long Island! Happy Sipping!