In the last forty years, agriculture has widened on the East End to include viticulture, or grape growing – specifically, wines have become a fast-growing and popular agribusiness, especially on the North Fork of Long Island, NY. A day spent exploring some of the wineries, either on your own or as part of an escorted tour, is a wonderful addition to a visit at our bed & breakfast in the Hamptons.
In addition to the Hampton’s spectacular ocean beaches, the East End is home to some glorious agricultural land. Originally planted primarily with potatoes and corn, you’ll now find a wide variety of produce and related products available in season at the local farm stands. Many of our farms have been owned and operated by the same families for generations; in some cases, even hundreds of years. A list of farm stands on both the North and South Forks of Long island is available here.
In the Hamptons
Duck Walk (Montauk Highway, Water Mill)…Our nearest winery (about 2 miles away), Duck Walk has quite a vast variety of wines, the advantage of being owned by Pindar Vineyards, the largest wine maker on the East End. We love Mike, the tasting room manager, who is friendly and knowledgeable and appreciates Kim’s cookies. Make sure you try their specialty Blueberry Port with a piece of dark chocolate — wow!
Channing Daughters (Scuttlehole Road, Bridgehampton)…This unpretentious, low-key winery feels like Napa Valley tasting rooms used to be before all the hype: a casual wooden farm building in the center of the vines that offers personalized tastings without the distractions of tours or live entertainment. Channing Daughters is known for their unique blends and artsy vibe.
Wolffer Estates (North Sagg Road, Sagaponack)…A Beautiful Tuscan-style tasting room where tasting is an experience, complete with a hostess to seat you and a menu of tastings and snacks to accompany. A favorite venue for weddings, so check before you head over on a summer Saturday! Also home to the wildly popular Candlelight Thursdays and Sunset Fridays and Saturdays at the adjacent Wine Stand, featuring live entertainment and wine and snacks available for purchase by the glass or bottle.
Some of Our North Fork Favorites:
On the Main Road (Rte. 25)
Clovis Point (Jamesport)…Well-crafted wines in a lovely serene setting with a large covered patio overlooking the vineyard. Knowledgeable and professional staff can answer any questions. We particularly like the chards and the merlots here. Their “Archeology” is exceptional!
Bedell (Cutchogue)…This is arguably the most “serious” winery on the North Fork, with specialty small production wines that can sell for $200 a bottle. Multi-award-winning reds and whites, and a cool vibe in their tasting room.
Peconic Bay (Cutchogue)…Great wines, and as a bonus, great entertainment nearly every weekend on their patio! Light refreshments to complement the wine available for sale too.
Pellegrini (Cutchogue) – hand-painted champagne bottles, great gifts!
Osprey’s Dominion (Peconic)…casual, homey tasting room and some surprising specialty wines as well as award-winning Chardonnay and Meritage.
Raphael (Peconic)…gorgeous Tuscan-style tasting room and wines to match. Because this is such a popular venue for weddings, do NOT visit on a Saturday in summer season!
Paumanok (Aquabogue)…Very professional staff in a tasting room charmingly reminiscent of an old barn. Their full-body chards and cab francs have won multiple awards.
Off Sounds Avenue (Rte. 48)
Macari (Mattituck)…Also a Tuscan-style winery. Especially good: Chardonnay.
Lieb Family Cellars (Mattituck)…We’ve really enjoyed the Rieslings here, but they are also known for award-winning Chardonnays.
Castello di Borghese (Cutchogue)…Originally owned by the Hargrave family, this is the oldest winery in the area: planted in 1972. Especially good: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.