You’re the wine that I want. Get ready for an exhilarating adventure through North Fork Wineries, where the wine flows freely and the good times never end! From Greenport to Riverhead, we went on a whirlwind tour of Bedell, Lieb, Sparkling Pointe, Croteaux, Mattebella, Kontokosta, Raphael, and Jamesport. And when hunger strikes, we’ve got the scoop on fantastic dining spots like Port Waterfront Bar and Grill, Frisky Oyster, and Waypoint. So, grab a glass, buckle up, and let’s embark on a wine-tastic journey through the North Fork wineries.
North Fork Wineries – How to Plan Your Itinerary?
It’s wine o’clock somewhere. The North Fork of Long Island is a wine lover’s paradise, offering a delightful array of wine tasting regions that showcase the region’s diverse viticultural landscape. From charming vineyards to picturesque vistas, the North Fork is home to a thriving wine scene that attracts enthusiasts from near and far.
Feeling really grape. We started our journey to the North Fork wineries in Greenport, a quaint and picturesque village known for its maritime charm and vibrant atmosphere. We took the train to Greenport, allowing us to relax and enjoy the scenic ride before immersing ourselves in the world of North Fork wineries.
- Starting in Greenport, we were captivated by its charming North Fork wineries, where sampled exquisite wines while enjoying scenic views of the waterfront. Greenport Village, nestled on the eastern tip of Long Island’s North Fork, is a charming coastal gem that embodies nautical charm, historic architecture, and a vibrant arts and culture scene.
- Moving southward, Southold reveals its own treasures, boasting family-owned North Fork wineries that have been crafting exceptional wines for generations.
- Cutchogue beckons with its rolling North Fork vineyards, inviting you to savor the flavors of its renowned wineries and indulge in the rustic beauty of the countryside.
- As we journeyed further west, Mattituck greets you with its warm hospitality and an abundance of boutique wineries that produce handcrafted wines infused with passion and artistry.
- Continuing west, Laurel reveals a more secluded side of the North Fork, where hidden gems await, offering unique tasting experiences amidst tranquil surroundings.
- In Riverhead, the heart of the North Fork wineries, we discovered a vibrant wine scene with acclaimed wineries that showcase the area’s viticultural prowess. From well-established names to up-and-coming vineyards, Riverhead offers a diverse range of tasting experiences that will tantalize your palate.
- Finally, Jamesport provides a grand finale with its picturesque vineyards and renowned North Fork wineries that blend old-world charm with contemporary flair.
Sip happens. To wrap up our unforgettable weekend of North Fork wineries, we took the train back to the city from Riverhead. Because Riverhead is closer to NYC, we kicked back, relaxed, and enjoyed the shorter ride home.
North Fork Trip – Where to Stay?
Forking good time. For an idyllic and comfortable stay amidst the beauty of North Fork Wineries, we recommend the exquisite Cliffside Resort. Nestled in breathtaking coastal surroundings, this resort offers luxurious accommodations and impeccable service. We relaxed in a two bedroom condo style room, rejuvenated by the pool overlooking the ocean and enjoyed walking through the gorgeous grounds.
Exploring North Fork Wineries on Day 1: Bedell Cellars
It’s a grape day to be alive! Our adventure through North Fork Wineries kicked off in the enchanting town of Greenport, a place brimming with maritime allure and a vibrant atmosphere. With our suitcases in hand, we made our way to our first stop: Bedell Cellars. This iconic winery is celebrated for its unwavering dedication to sustainable practices and its ability to craft exceptional wines that capture the essence of the North Fork.
You’re wine in a million. As we stepped into tasting room, we were greeted by friendly staff who guided us through a delightful wine tasting flight, introducing us to the diverse range of varietals Bedell has to offer. After the tasting, we took a leisurely stroll through the vineyard, marveling at the meticulously tended vines that stretched as far as the eye could see. Bedell Cellars provided us with a perfect introduction to the North Fork wine scene, setting the stage for the incredible experiences that awaited us.
The tasting room is open 11:00AM to 6:00PM Sunday to Thursday and 11:00AM to 7:00PM on Friday and Saturday. Tasting flights start at $18, custom flights for $21 and individual flights are $7. You can also order by the glass or bottle.
Exploring North Fork Wineries on Day 1: Lieb Cellars
Say you’ll be wine. Our North Fork wineries adventure continued with a visit to Lieb Cellars, a renowned destination celebrated for its exceptional wines and picturesque vineyard setting. As we entered the property, rows of meticulously maintained vines greeted us, basking in the warm sunlight. The winery’s cozy and inviting tasting room and patio offered a delightful atmosphere where we indulged in a diverse selection of wines.
Sip back and relax. We selected Lieb’s renowned white flight, a carefully curated selection of their exquisite white wines. From the moment the first glass was poured, we were treated to a sensory journey of delightful aromas and flavors. The wines showcased Lieb Cellars’ expertise in crafting refreshing whites that captured the essence of the North Fork’s terroir. Our favorites were the sparkling wines.
The tasting room is open daily from 12:00PM to 7:00PM. Tasting flights start at $20, Estate flights for $30. You can also order by the glass or bottle.
Exploring North Fork Wineries on Day 2: Sparkling Pointe
Champagne Supernova. Day 2 of our trip through North Fork wineries began with a sparkling start at Sparkling Pointe, where the art of crafting the finest sparkling wines in the region reaches its effervescent pinnacle. With each step, from vine to bottle, meticulously executed, Sparkling Pointe has mastered the creation of sparkling wines that rival even the renowned French classics. As we raised our glasses, we were greeted with elegance and a symphony of bubbles dancing in our flutes. Sparkling Pointe not only offers exceptional wines but an experience that transcends the ordinary.
You are so bottlefull to me. We complemented our tasting experience with a mouthwatering cheese and charcuterie platter. The sight of artisanal cheeses, expertly cured meats, and gourmet accompaniments had our taste buds dancing in anticipation. With each sip of the exquisite Sparkling Pointe wines, we delighted in the harmonious marriage of flavors, as the creamy richness of the cheeses perfectly complemented the crisp acidity of the sparkling wines. The savory allure of the cured meats added depth and complexity, creating a symphony of tastes and textures that elevated our wine journey to new heights.
I need to re-wine my life. We also embarked on a whimsical journey, wandering through Sparkling Pointe’s picturesque vineyards, where lush rows of vines stretched as far as the eye could see. Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur seeking the epitome of effervescence or an adventurous spirit eager to delve into the world of sparkling wines, Sparkling Pointe is a destination that promises to captivate and inspire.
The tasting room is open daily from 12:00PM to 7:00PM. Tasting flights start at $20, Prestige flights for $30. You can also order by the glass.
Exploring North Fork Wineries on Day 2: Croteaux
The world looks better through Rosé-colored glasses. We were enchanted by the rosy wonders of Croteaux Vineyards in the North Fork. Nestled in the heart of this wine region, Croteaux offers a tasting garden that transports you to a dreamlike oasis. As we sipped on their dry, fresh, and fruity rosé wines, the world seemed to glow through rosé-colored glasses. Croteaux proudly holds the distinction of being the only vineyard in the United States dedicated exclusively to crafting these exquisite pink beauties. They have truly elevated the art of Rosé.
Lobstressed. We paired their exquisite rosé wines with a delightful selection of coastal-inspired cuisine. The indulgent lobster rolls stole the show, with succulent chunks of fresh lobster meat dressed in a light, creamy sauce, and nestled within a buttery, toasted bun. Each bite of the lobster roll harmoniously blended with the crisp and fruity character of the Croteaux Rosé, creating a symphony of flavors that transported us to a seaside paradise.
Will you accept this rosé? The picturesque setting of Croteaux was like a scene straight out of our favorite movie. Vibrant blooms embraced the sun-kissed vines, creating a backdrop that enhanced the beauty of the experience. We raised our glasses high, toasting to the joy and deliciousness of rosé all day long. Our tasting experience included both their sparkling and still rosé flights, each revealing the vineyard’s unwavering dedication to crafting exceptional wines. The bubbles were effervescent, while the still rosés unfolded a symphony of flavors, ranging from crisp and refreshing to wonderfully complex.
The tasting garden is open every day from 12:00PM to 6:00PM. Sparkling tasting flights start at $26. Still Rosé flights start at $28.
Exploring North Fork Wineries on Day 2: Mattebella
Chardonnay or should I go? Our journey through North Fork wineries continued at the enchanting Mattebella, where we indulged in a captivating lineup of old world-style white wines. Stepping into their cozy tasting cottage, exuding rustic charm, our anticipation soared. Each sip of their exquisite whites took us on a joyride of flavors, from the zippy bursts of citrus in their Chardonnay to the delightful elegance of their Riesling. We savored a total of 9 wines that left us absolutely captivated.
Everything happens for a riesling. The vineyard, with its picturesque rows of swaying grapevines, painted a scene straight out of our white wine dreams. Mattebella’s commitment to sustainable practices added an extra layer of satisfaction, knowing that we were sipping and savoring while caring for the planet. We were also struck by Mattebella’s unwavering commitment to sustainable practices. It was a delightful realization that while we indulged in their exquisite wines, we were also contributing to a greater cause—caring for the planet.
The tasting garden is open every day from 11:00AM to 6:00PM. Tasting flights cost $30.
Exploring North Fork Wineries on Day 2: Kontokosta
Love the wine you’re with. Pouring a glass of pure bliss at Kontokosta, where wine tasting harmonizes with awe-inspiring vistas in the North Fork. We indulged in their meticulously crafted wines amidst the breathtaking backdrop of gorgeous vineyards. Upon entering, we were welcomed by a charming tasting room adorned with rustic elegance. It’s the views that truly steal the show. We step outside onto the expansive terrace. Rolling hills dressed in vibrant green, intertwined with neat rows of vines, stretch as far as the eye can see.
Another glass? Wine not?! We shared a white flight and a red flight, savoring the best of both worlds. The white flight charmed us with its crispness and vibrant fruit profiles, while red flight delighted our palates with its rich, velvety textures and layers of flavors.. Each pour was a delightful exploration of the winery’s artistry and dedication to excellence. Savoring a glass of Kontokosta wine is a moment of pure indulgence during our trip through North Fork wineries.
The tasting garden is open Sunday to Friday from 11:00AM to 5:00PM and Saturday from 11:00AM to 6:00PM. every day from 11:00AM to 6:00PM. Tasting flights cost $24.
Exploring North Fork Wineries on Day 3: Raphael
Love at first sip! The last day of our escapade through North Fork wineries led us to the enchanting Italian style Raphael Wine. From the moment their velvety wines touched our lips, we were transported to a realm of unparalleled flavors and mesmerizing aromas. The winery’s serene and picturesque setting provided the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable tasting experience. This winery is a gorgeous Italian monastery themed venue.
Wine a little, laugh a lot. At Raphael, we indulged in a delightful array of wines in the Cellar, each a masterpiece crafted by their talented team. From the crisp Sauvignon Blanc to the refreshing Rosé, the elegant Riesling to the velvety Cabernet Franc, every sip unveiled a new dimension of taste and pure enjoyment. Our personal favorite was the captivating Cab Franc, with its bold character and lingering allure.
Read between the wines. The experience didn’t end with the wines alone. We were delighted to also indulge in a mouthwatering brunch, carefully prepared to complement the wines we were savoring. The flavors danced on our palates as we savored a delicious quiche, bursting with savory goodness. The berry tart provided a delightful burst of sweetness, perfectly balanced with the bright acidity of the wines. And to top it all off, the biscotti added a touch of crunch and a hint of indulgence. Our brunch bites paired nicely with all the wines we sampled in the Cellar.
The tasting room is open Monday and Thursday from 12:00PM to 5:00PM and Friday to Sunday from 12:00PM to 6:00PM. Reservations required for parties of 8 or more.
Exploring North Fork Wineries on Day 3: Jamesport
Drink in peace. Jamesport Vineyards cast its enchanting spell on us with its breathtaking beauty and wines that danced on our taste buds. Jamesport was the grand finale of our epic wine-tasting adventure through North Fork wineries before bidding adieu back to the city. Stepping into their charming tasting room, we were greeted by an infectious energy and the tantalizing aroma of wines eager to be uncorked.
Oh, sweet child of wine. With the guidance of their wine-savvy sommelier, we embarked on a flavor-filled journey, sampling an array of wines that spanned the color spectrum. From bold reds to crisp whites and vibrant rosés, Jamesport had us doing a happy dance with each sip. And oh, the pizzas! They were like culinary fireworks bursting in our mouths, perfectly paired to elevate the wine-tasting experience to new heights.
Slice, slice baby. It wasn’t just the wines and pizzas that stole the show at Jamesport; the setting itself was a masterpiece. Rows upon rows of lush vines swayed in the gentle breeze, painting a picturesque backdrop that seemed straight out of a dream. The excitement didn’t end there. We were also treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery, where we witnessed the magic of winemaking firsthand. It was a mesmerizing experience, allowing us to appreciate the artistry and passion that transformed humble grapes into the elixir of joy we were savoring.
It isn’t good to keep things bottled up. We also visited the Cellar Room, a hidden gem within the winery. As we descended into this wine lover’s paradise, we were surrounded by rows upon rows of aging barrels and the intoxicating scent of oak. It was a captivating experience to witness where the magic happened, where the wines matured and developed their complexity. We felt like VIPs, getting a glimpse into the heart and soul of Jamesport.
Let’s chill and unwine. With our glasses raised high in a final toast, we bid farewell to Jamesport, carrying with us memories of laughter, delectable pizzas, and wines that made our taste buds sing. It was the grand finale we had hoped for, the perfect crescendo to our extravaganza of North Fork wineries. As we boarded the train back to the city, we couldn’t help but reflect on the unforgettable wine adventure we just experienced.
The tasting room is open Sunday to Thursday from 12:00PM to 5:00PM and Friday and Saturday from 12:00PM to 7:00PM. The kitchen is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Wine flights start at $25. You can also order by the glass or bottle.
Culinary Delights in North Fork: Where to Eat?
I make pour decisions. As we embarked on our North Fork wineries escapade, we couldn’t wait to dive into the mouthwatering culinary scene that awaited us. As soon as we got off the train to Greenport, we stoped by Port Waterfront Bar and Grill for a late lunch. We indulged in mouthwatering lobster rolls and flavorful fish tacos, perfectly paired with sips of refreshing Rosé. With picturesque waterfront views adding to the ambiance, this culinary experience was a seafood lover’s dream come true. It was just the beginning of our North Fork journey, promising a feast of flavors and unforgettable dining experiences ahead.
Oh shucks. We headed to the Frisky Oyster for our first dinner in the North Fork. Prepare for a flavor explosion as you indulge in their inventive dishes, combining local ingredients with culinary sorcery. From the first bite to the last, you’ll be transported to foodie heaven. We shared the oysters, salad, tuna tartar, duck, scallops and pasta. It was delicious.
Tunaverse. For our second and final dinner, we found ourselves at Waypoint, a waterfront gem offering both breathtaking views and delectable cuisine. We kicked off the evening with a zucchini chips, lamb chops and seared tuna. For the mains, we shared the Branzino, Tuscan seafood pasta and lobster ravioli. Both pastas and the fish were perfectly cooked, and each bite was a harmonious blend of fresh seafood and savory aromas. To conclude our meal on a sweet note, we indulged in a deconstructed cannoli that was nothing short of a masterpiece. With its impeccable service, stunning waterfront view, and a scrumptious menu, Waypoint exceeded our expectations and provided the perfect finale to our North Fork weekend trip.
Sip me baby one more time. After savoring delightful dining experiences, we sought a change of pace and found ourselves drawn to the intimate and cozy ambiance of Brix and Rye. This craft cocktail bar captivated us with its rustic decor, dim lighting, and a menu brimming with artisanal libations. Talented mixologists skillfully blended local spirits and unique flavors, crafting unforgettable cocktails that transported our taste buds to new realms of pleasure.
No wine left behind. We had a great time exploring the captivating North Fork wineries, from the lively streets of Greenport to the serene vineyards of Riverhead. With each stop, we were enchanted by the sustainable practices of Bedell, the effervescence of Sparkling Pointe, the rosy paradise of Crouteaux, and the tranquility of Mattebella. Kontokosta Winery left us breathless with its breathtaking views, while Raphael and Jamesport Vineyards add a touch of elegance and grandeur to our adventure. We indulged in delicious dining options along the way too. A weekend trip to the North Fork Wineries promises an unforgettable experience. Read more about wine recommendations here.
It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full. There’s clearly room for more wine.Anonymous