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New York Area Vineyards: A Guide To The Best Local Wine

August 4, 2010 8:22 AM

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Wines of New York
Wines of New York

By Erin Semple

Lucky for us New Yorkers, you can find some of the nation’s oldest vineyards in our home state. In fact, the French Hugenots planted the first vines in the Hudson River Valley in New Paltz (now part of Ulster County) in 1677. Plus the nation’s oldest continuously operated winery, Brotherhood, opened in 1839 in Washingtonville.

Not only can we brag about history, but this state also has hundreds of wineries to choose from. New York wineries produce about 200 million bottles of wine every year, making it the nation’s third-largest wine producer behind California and Washington. Many of these offer wine tours and even tastings.

Take a short drive or train ride on the Long Island Express. Once in Long Island, you can take in a visit to a nice beach as well as a vineyard. This is the state’s newest and fastest growing wine region. Thanks to the large bodies of water and the moderate temperatures, this area is blessed with a long growing season and perfect conditions for mouth-watering merlots, chardonnays and other European classics. To check out wineries on Long Island, visit liwines.com. Most of these wineries offer tours and tastings to their customers.

Another option is to hop on Metro-North at Grand Central and stop in Hudson Valley. This section of New York State is a great getaway from the everyday rush of the city. Just a mere 45 minutes on the train, you will find yourself in the middle of beauty. The Hudson River features one of America’s most historic wine regions.

More than 20 wineries occupy this region, specializing in Seyval Blanc and Baco Noir, as well as Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. On either side of the river, you’ll find wine trails: the Shawangunk Wine Trail and Dutchess Wine Trail. For more information, check out www.newyorkwines.org.

However, if you want to stay in town, there are several wine production facilities to partake in. Royal Kedem Wine Corporation and Joseph Zakon Winery even offer Kosher products to their clients.

In and Near New York

Royal Kedem Wine Corporation

http://www.royalwines.com/
1519 Route 9W
Marlboro, NY 12542-5420
(845) 236-4000

Joseph Zakon Winery

586 Montgomery Street
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 604.1430

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Hudson Valley Wine Trails

Shawangunk Wine Trail

c/o Benmarl Winery at Slate Hill Vineyards
http://www.benmarl.com/
156 Highland Avenue
Marlboro, NY 12542
(845) 236-4265

Dutchess Wine Trail

c/o Clinton Vineyards Schultzville Rd.
http://www.clintonvineyards.com/
450 Schultzville Road
Clinton Corners, NY 12514
(845) 266-5372

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Long Island Wine Trails

Long Island Wine Council

PO Box 600
Riverhead, NY 11901

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Lond Island Wineries

Ackerly Pond Vineyards

http://www.ackerlypondvineyards.com
1375 Peconic Lane
Peconic , NY 11958
(631) 765-6861

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard

http://www.baitinghollowfarmvineyard.com
2114 Sound Avenue
Baiting Hollow, NY 11933
(631) 369 0100

Bedell Cellars

http://www.bedellcellars.com
36225 Main Road
Cutchogue, NY 11935
(631) 734-7537

Bella Vita Vineyard

http://www.bellavitavineyard.com
1375 Peconic Lane
Peconic, NY 11958
(631) 734-8282

Bouké Wines

http://www.boukewines.com
35 Cox Neck Road
Mattituck, NY 11952
(877) 877-0527

Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery

http://www.castellodiborghese.com
Route 48/Alvah’s Lane
Cutchogue, NY 11935
(631) 734-5111

Channing Daughters Winery

http://www.channingdaughters.com
1927 Scuttlehole Road
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
(631) 537-7224

Christiano Family Vineyards

http://www.christianowines.com
P.O. Box 934
Remsenburg, NY 11960

Clovis Point

http://www.clovispointwines.com
1935 Main Road
Jamesport, NY 11947
(631) 722 4222

Comtesse Therese

http://www.comtessetherese.com
Union Ave/Rte 105
Aquebogue, NY 11931
(631) 871-9194

Corey Creek Vineyards

http://www.coreycreek.com
45470 Main Road/Rte. 25
Southold, NY 11971
(631) 765-4168

Croteaux Vineyards

http://www.croteaux.com
1450 South Harbor Road
Southold, NY 11971
(631) 765-6099

Diliberto Winery

http://www.dilibertowinery.com
250 Manor Lane
Jamesport, NY 11947
(631) 722-3416

Duck Walk Vineyards

http://www.duckwalk.com
231 Montauk Hwy (Rte 27)
Water Mill, NY 11976
(631) 726-7555

Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard

http://www.harbesfamilyfarm.com
715 Sound Avenue
Mattituck, NY 11952
(631) 298-9463

Jamesport Vineyards

http://www.jamesportwines.com
1216 Main Road, Rte. 25
Jamesport, NY 11947
(631) 722-5256

Jason’s Vineyard

http://www.jasonsvineyard.com/
1785 Main Rd, Rte 25
Jamesport, NY 11947
(631) 238-5801

Laurel Lake Vineyards

http://www.llwines.com
3165 Main Road, Rte. 25
Laurel, NY 11948
(631) 298-1420

Lieb Family Cellars

http://www.liebcellars.com
35 Cox Neck Road
Mattituck, NY 11952
(631) 298-1942

Long Island Meadery

http://www.limeadery.com
1347 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 11
Holbrook, NY 11741
(631) 285 7469

Loughlin Vineyards

http://www.loughlinvineyard.com
P.O. Box 385
Sayville, NY 11782
(631) 589-0027

Macari Vineyards & Winery

http://www.macariwines.com
150 Bergen Ave.
Mattituck, NY 11952
(631) 298-0100

Martha Clara Vineyards

http://www.marthaclaravineyards.com
6025 Sound Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 298-0075

Mattebella Vineyards

http://www.mattebellavineyards.com
46005 Main Road (Route 25)
Southold, NY 11971
Phone: 888-628-8323

Onabay Vineyard

http://www.onabayvineyards.com
PO Box 476
Southold, NY 11971
Phone: 917-715-0605

One Woman Vineyards

http://www.onewomanwines.com
5195 Old North Road
Southold, NY 11971
(631) 765-1200

Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards

http://www.ospreysdominion.com
44075 Main Road, Rte. 25
Peconic, NY 11958
(631) 765-6188

Palmer Vineyards

http://www.palmervineyards.com
108 Sound Avenue, Rte. 48
Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 722-9463

Peconic Bay Winery

http://www.peconicbaywinery.com
31320 Main Road, Rte. 25
Cutchogue, NY 11935
(631) 734-7361

Pellegrini Vineyards

http://www.pellegrinivineyards.com
23005 Route 25
Cutchogue, NY 11935
(631) 734-4111

Pindar Vineyards

http://www.pindar.net
Main Road, Rt. 25
Peconic, NY 11958
(631) 734-6200

Pugliese Vineyards

http://www.pugliesevineyards.com
34515 Main Road, Rte. 25
Cutchogue, NY 11935
(631) 734-4057

Raphael

http://www.raphaelwine.com
39390 Main Road, Rte. 25
Peconic, NY 11958
(631) 765-1100

Roanoke Vineyards

http://www.roanokevineyards.com
3543 Sound Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11910
(631) 727-4161

Sherwood House Vineyards

http://www.sherwoodhousevineyards.com
Elijahs Lane (north of Route 48)
Mattituck, NY 11952
(631) 779-2817

Shinn Estate Vineyards

http://www.shinnestatevineyards.com
2000 Oregon Road
Mattituck, NY 11952
(631) 804-0367

Sparkling Pointe

http://www.sparklingpointe.com
39750 Route 48
Southold, NY 11935
Phone: (631) 765-0200

Suhru Wines

http://www.suhruwines.com
35 Cox Neck Road
Mattituck, NY 11952
(631) 603-8127

The Grapes of Roth

http://www.thegrapesofroth.com
P.O. Box 114
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
(631) 725 7999

The Old Field Vineyards

http://www.theoldfield.com
59600 Main Road, Rte. 25
Southold, NY 11971
(631) 765-0004

Vineyard 48

http://www.vineyard48winery.com
18910 Route 48
Cutchogue , NY 11935
(631) 734-5200

Waters Crest Winery

http://www.waterscrestwinery.com
22355 Rte. 48, Unit 6
Cutchogue, NY 11935
(631) 734-5065

Wölffer Estate

http://www.wolffer.com
139 Sagg Road
Sagaponack, NY 11962
(631) 537-5106

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Erin Semple is a writer, editor and book author living in the New York City area.
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