The Best Long Island WineriesThese are the vineyards, tasting rooms, and Adirondack chair-filled lawns you’ll want to be camped out in all summer long.
While it doesn’t have the pedigree of, say, Napa, New York is the third largest wine-producing state in the country, with many of its 450+ wineries located just a few hours away from New York City in Long Island in the North and South Fork.
While you could spend your entire summer spending $35 a flight at different spots each weekend, these are the absolute best places that are worth your time and the fleeting days when it’s actually pleasant to enjoy a glass of wine outside. Expect Adirondack chairs in the sun, lots of cabernet franc, and surprisingly great snack boards that will make your designated driver happy to be there.
True to its name, Sparkling Pointe solely makes effervescent wine. There’s a surprising amount of variety between their wines despite their niche focus on bubbles, from an easy-drinking glass that’s sourced from a single vineyard’s chardonnay grapes to a cuvee rouge that has a deep ruby color, lots of fruity notes, and isn’t too sweet. The space has ornate chandeliers and a wide patio overlooking the vines, but all the niceties mean that a visit will be on the more expensive side (especially if you spring for the $80 caviar service).
Paumanok might not be as shiny or new as some of the other wineries in the North Fork, but it definitely makes some of the best and most interesting wines. You’ll need to navigate its early aughts-era website to make a reservation, but once you arrive, you can enjoy a glass or tasting inside, on the deck overlooking the vineyards, or lounged back in an Adirondack chair on the grass. Make sure to try the chenin blanc—it has notes of bananas and lemonade and is unlike anything else you can find at a Long Island winery.
You’ll see a lot of girls’ trips or smaller bachelorette parties here at Lieb, but the atmosphere is more cozy than it is raucous. The tasting room menu has a bit of everything, so you’ll be happy whether you’re a designated driver snacking on a cheeseboard with treats like ramp pesto (seasonally, which for ramps is approximately two weeks or three blinks), or enjoying a glass of their meritage at the bar while chatting about the wonders of minimal intervention winemaking. They’re known for their pinot blanc, which can be a tabula rasa for all things seafood, but the riesling is also solid and pleasantly floral.
Ev&Em is one of the newest wineries in the North Fork with a gorgeous tasting room and outdoor deck that can accommodate larger groups. It’s worth a visit just to try their barrel-fermented chardonnay and the gewürztraminer, but their light pinot noir is also the perfect candidate for a chilled red you’ll be very into on a scorching hot day.
Bedell Cellars has elements that’ll appeal to just about anyone looking to go wine tasting on Long Island. The space is massive and airy, with a clean farmhouse vibe that looks ripped from a mid-2010s copy of HGTV magazine. They allow dogs outside, and they have an under $20 tasting flight and reasonably-priced snacks. Expect more than a few rich moms or influencers having a glass of cab franc or pinot gris. Just check their website before you head out on a weekend, as they sometimes close for weddings.
McCall’s tasting room is built out of an old stable, complete with saddle displays and cozy tables nestled into the horse stalls. There are also some picnic tables in front of the barn, which is exactly where you should be on a summer Thursday or Friday night when they serve burgers alongside a great glass of Cabernet Franc.
The entrance to Rose Hill’s tasting room is a little difficult to find (the gorgeous farmhouse out front is their inn), but just follow the sound of happy vineyard hoppers to find an oasis of green velvet seating inside, plus lots of shady chairs and tables outside. Rose Hill is a more intimate foil to some of the bigger bachelorette destinations in the North Fork—the subway-tiled bar would look great on your socials—but you won’t see (or hear) an entire sorority delegation surrounding someone in a veil and sash. Rose Hill also works if you did minimal planning for your winery visits, since it’s first come, first served.
Pindar is one of the largest wineries on all of Long Island, and it’s also one of the most affordable. They make just about every type of wine and there’s plenty of space to spread out, so everyone from your die-hard Big Red aunt to your cousin who just turned 21 and likes moscato will be pleased. Their Pythagoras Bordeaux blend is very impressive given its $20-a-bottle price point, and you should grab one to bring to your next dinner party. If you’re around on the weekend, you can spend a few hours enjoying a bottle during their live music nights.
Croteaux is one of the only wineries in the US that exclusively makes rosé, and they’ve really leaned into the “Rosé All Day” ethos. There’s a cute shoppy shop with candles and branded pastel dad hats right when you enter their picturesque courtyard, and the sunny picnic tables have wide, quilted benches that are comfy even when wearing teeny shorts or a sundress. Croteaux also has a big food menu with light, summery options like lobster roll sliders that go great with a glass of sparkling cab franc. Just be warned that the pebbled courtyard and pathways don’t play well with heels, and your fit-pic isn’t worth a twisted ankle.
One Woman Wines is a breath of fresh air compared to the larger, more corporate wineries in North Fork. Their tasting room is more like an enclosed counter with no seating room, but there are a few tables outside where you can gaze meaningfully at the vines while swirling around a glass of their roccio red blend. The more intimate setting is great for catching up with old friends or having abnormally deep conversations with your mom, but you should know it also means that there isn’t an indoor bathroom.
You’ve probably already had Wolffer Estate’s wine or ciders before, but it’s still worth making a trip to their beautiful vineyard or more laid-back wine stand boutique down the road. Wolffer’s location in the South Fork also makes it a great pit stop if you’re driving to or from the Hamptons, and their wines are similarly primed for summer, with selections like a Finca white that’s made for a night filled with clam pasta and a summery rosé that’s so floral and botanical it’ll remind you of your favorite gin. Their Spring In A Bottle sparkling rose is also non-alcoholic and doesn’t taste like juice (in a good way).