Few people know this, but one of the attractions of Long Island is its vast expanse of vineyards, which is known as Long Island Wine Country. The area boasts of dozens of vineyards that produce different varieties of wines. So it comes as no surprise that Long Island is repeatedly named as the premier destination when it comes to wine tasting. Whether it is your first time or whether you have a refined tasting palette, the following are some Long Island wineries you have just got to visit at least once.
McCall Wines — 22600 Route 25, Cutchogue
While the shed-like tasting room at McCall Wines could seem a bit modest at first sight, there is certainly nothing modest about their estate-grown chardonnay, pinot noir and the merlot. The winery also happens to be the New York Wine and Grape Foundation’s “2013 NY Winery of the Year.” McCall’s is also probably one of the only wine producers of Long Island who seems to have figured out how to produce the best pinot noirs in Long Island.
Channing Daughters Winery — 1927 Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton
Walter Channing, the founder, put quite some thought into the tasting room at Channing Daughters Winery. The tasting room offers a rustic feel with its French doors and brick floors. Here, you will get to taste some of the traditional Long Island varieties of wine, which include sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. Apart from that, visitors will also get to taste some exquisite wines from Italian grapes such as red refosco and tocai friulano.
Paumanok Vineyards — 1074 Main Road, Aquebogue
This 103 acre estate was established by the Massoud family back in 1983. Here, visitors will get to enjoy their favorite wines in airy tasting rooms, or enjoy their favorite vintages along with some cheese on the outdoor deck which overlooks the vineyard.
It is important to remember that there are around 45 wineries in Long Island. Some wineries now offer VIP tours, complete with caviar, chocolate and a private table in the "vines" along with your own personal guide. It’s best to do some research on the wineries that you want to visit before you plan to make your trip. In the end, when it comes to wineries, the vineyards of Long Island have always been a treat for both residents and tourists of Long Island who get to taste delicious Long Island wine.