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Long Island Wine Country

- Wineries and Vineyards on the East End and More

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Photo © Wolffer Estate Vineyard

Wolffer Estate Vineyard

Photo © Wolffer Estate Vineyard
On Long Island’s East End, where the tail of the fish-shaped land form branches off into the North and South Forks, lie thousands of acres devoted to growing grapes, with more than 50 producers of many varieties of wine (and a few are also spread out in other areas of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.) The most popular white varietals on the Island include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, while the popular red varietals include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, often used together for hand-crafted blends.

Blessed with a maritime climate, long growing season and excellent soil, the East End provides a welcoming place for wine grapes to thrive.

Many of Long Island’s wine producers offer tours and tastings, often together with free entertainment. Year-round activities may include live music, art exhibitions and a variety of local foods to complement the wines. Many wineries and vineyards also can host wine country weddings, receptions and other events.

New York State is the third largest wine growing region in all of the United States, and Long Island, the youngest and fastest growing in the state, is viewed by many as the premier NY region for the production of vinifera wines, producing over 500,000 cases of wine annually.

In 1973, there were 17 acres planted. Now, there are approximately 3,000 acres. Each year, the region draws over one million visitors to the various wineries and vineyards.

Wineries in the area include:

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