The North Fork of Long Island is stacked with so many vineyards and wineries, you might mistake it for Napa or Sonoma. What it lacks in mountains, scenery, and West Coast cool-factor, it makes up for with its ocean front setting and ease of access from NJ/NYC. The area is a haven for farmers and foodies alike, with fertile soil lending itself to perfect corn, tomatoes, lettuce, and lots of goats and cows to make delicious cheese. Take your pick of farm stands and markets, and snap up heirloom tomatoes, buttery lettuce, laid-that-morning eggs, and even raw milk and raw milk cheese, hard to come by around here.
The wineries are equally as plentiful. If you look at a map, you’ll find roughly thirty wineries on one long strip of land along the North Fork.
Martha Clara Vineyards, our first stop, set its tasting bar and rooms in a gorgeous massive old barn, which sits on 100 acres of farm land perviously home to potatoes. In 1995 the potatoes were replaced with grapes, and Martha Clara now boasts several award-winning wines. Their Riesling and Gewürztraminer are both stand out choices.
Palmer Vineyards, just three miles down the road from Martha Clara, offers a self-guided walk through tour of their winemaking process, from grape to French oak barrel to bottle. Sample the finished product in their beautiful antique accented tasting room, or better yet take your tasting tray outside to their covered patio or onto the grass at the foot of the vineyard rows.
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