North Fork: Four Wineries To Visit In One Day

North Fork: Four Wineries To Visit In One Day

To live this close and not make your way out to Long Island’s wine country should be a cardinal sin. Even if you’re not a drinker, or do not enjoy wine; the scenery, different vineyards and various activities on the north fork are well worth the day trip. We recently stopped by to four of Long Island’s most popular vineyards on a one-day trip. If you’d like to recreate our trip with a few of your favorite companions, follow on through for where we visited.

Palmer Vineyards
Aquebogue, NY 11931
631-722-9463
{Website | Flickr | Google Map}

Palmer was the first stop on our tour and one of the first vineyards that we came across after exiting at the very end of the Long Island Expressway. The vineyard is pet friendly and we saw at least 10-12 small and medium sized dogs with their owners on any of the outdoor chairs (the dogs looked as relaxed as their handlers.) Open since 1986, Palmer is one of the most distinguished wineries on Long Island’s east with multiple awards over the years. Our party of eight tried the “Palmer Sweet Selections Flight” and the “Reserve Red Flight” while dining on the outdoor patio.


Photo Credit Mark Brandon Photography


Photo Credit Mark Brandon Photography


Photo Credit Mark Brandon Photography

Macari Vineyards
150 Bergen Avenue
Mattituck, NY 11952
631-298-0100
{Website | Flickr | Google Maps}

Stopping by their Mattituck tasting room, Macari really shined. The Macari family has been out in these parts for about 60 years and their vast property extends hundreds of acres. Open in 1995, this isn’t one of Long Island’s oldest wineries, but one of the most well known. Their wines are as varied as the people who visit and the Macari family hopes to keep on shining in the area into the far future.


Photo Credit Mark Brandon Photography


Photo Credit Mark Brandon Photography


Photo Credit Mark Brandon Photography

Laurel Lake Vineyards
3165 Main Rd.
Laurel, NY 11948
631-298-1420
{Website | Flickr | Google Map}

We sat outside this Laurel, NY at a picnic table just next to the vines. There were two spots to enjoy the fine wines; inside the tasting room and out on the lawn. We took off our flip flops, felt the grass between our feet and enjoyed the quiet tranquility of the east end. The staff was setting up for an upcoming wedding within a few hours, and we only wish we had dress clothes to sneak in. It looked as though it was going to be a marvelous affair.


Photo Credit Mark Brandon Photography


Photo Credit Mark Brandon Photography


Photo Credit Mark Brandon Photography

Clovis Point
1935 Main Rd.
Jamesport, NY 11948
631-722-4222
{Website | Flickr | Google Map}

A little bit of live music, some exotic chocolates and great wine made for an enjoyable finish to our adventure. The guitar soloist added to the great backdrop of the vines behind us and instead of choosing flights, we ordered two bottles and shared them among us. The winery sits on 10 acres of land that was purchased back in 2001 and since then they’ve been cultivating top-notch varieties of grapes.


Photo Credit Mark Brandon Photography


Photo Credit Mark Brandon Photography


Photo Credit Mark Brandon Photography

Disclaimer: We’re in no way wine experts, therefore this post was more about the atmosphere than the wine. If you’d like to read more about NY Wines from an expert point of view, we can highly recommend that you head over to the New York Cork Report headed up by a friend of East of NYC, Lenn Thompson.

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