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4 REASONS TO ENJOY LONG ISLAND WINE TOURS

WHAT MAKES LONG ISLAND’S WINE COUNTRY UNIQUE

Long Island is renowned for its wineries, with many of them lining the Atlantic coast, ranging from small private wineries to massive lush vineyards. Visitors to Long Island are drawn to the wineries for weddings, vacations, special events, or their passion for high-end wine tasting. Long Island wine tours are extremely popular. Many people visit multiple wineries in one trip to the island, creating their own larger tour of the wine country. Wine connoisseurs from all over come to Long Island’s vineyards for an incredible wine tour experience, and here are some of the reasons why.

THE VAST CHOICES OF WINERIES

With so many vineyards across the island, visitors are blessed with options and variety. Some of the larger wineries offer tours of their expansive grounds, showing the size and scale of their production. The smaller more private wineries offer an exclusive experience, with small-batch tastings and boutique style. Below are some of the wineries you should put on your list to visit while in Long Island.

PELLEGRINI VINEYARDS

Cutchogue, NY

Over 30 years old, this winery is known for mixing traditional winemaking techniques with the latest technology, to create a fine product.

BEDELL CELLARS

Cutchogue, NY

Family-owned, Bedell Cellars is a state-of-the-art winery prides itself on producing wine in true North Fork fashion.

DUCK WALK VINEYARDS

Water Mill, NY

Now with two locations, the new North Fork Location boasts custom wine tasting bars and a beautiful outdoor patio area.

CLOVIS POINT

Jamesport, NY

A young winery on an old farm, a 1920 potato barn was remodeled into Clovis Point’s unique wine-tasting room.

THE BIG EVENTS

Long Island’s wine country is an important part of New York culture, and as such is often celebrated. The special events in Long Island’s wine community attract many new visitors to the vineyards. These events are organized to commemorate the history of winemaking in Long Island.

WINE CAMP

North Fork, Long Island

An extensive four-day wine tour held in June and July, which takes visitors to stops at award-winning wineries along Long Island’s wine country. Packages include accommodations such as fine dining each day and a case of wine to take home.

HARVEST EAST END

McCall Vineyard & Ranch, Cutchogue, NY

August 24th will mark the celebration of 40 years of winemaking in Long Island’s wine country. The weekend wine-tasting event also serves as a fundraiser for local charities in the community.

OCEANSIDE HOTELS

Long Island’s wineries are beautiful, in part, due to their location on the Atlantic Ocean. A bonus of touring these ocean-side wineries, is staying in beautiful hotels right in the same area. Within short range of Long Island’s wine country are many options for luxury waterfront lodging. These hotels are perfect for relaxation and recreation, after taking a tour of a Long Island winery.

BY THE BLUFF BED AND BREAKFAST

East Marion, NY

A small luxurious beachside inn, which offers exclusive discounts to 24 wineries.

SAG HARBOR INN

Sag Harbor, NY

Complete with white balconies overlooking the harbor, this hotel is in walking distance of many historical homes and museums.

DANFORDS HOTEL AND MARINA

Port Jefferson, NY

With its own marina, guests can walk out of their room and onto a boat. Danfords offers a special “Seascapes and Grapes” package for those interested in wine tours.

FUN AWAY FROM THE VINEYARD

One of the best parts of touring Long Island wineries is the fun doesn’t stop at the end of a tour. The Long Island area is full of other attractions for visitors to the wine country to enjoy. Also these attractions provide options for family members or friends that don’t join in on the tour, to enjoy while the others tour the wineries. Long Island is home to many private and public golf courses and also features all sorts of fun out on the waterfront.

CHERRY CREEK GOLF LINKS

Riverhead, NY

A unique course featuring a Par-6 on the 18th hole, and sunset golf nights.

SPRING LAKE GOLF CLUB

Middle Island, NY

Made up by two courses, an 18-hole course, and a 9-hole course, Spring Lake offers clinics and camps instructed by Cristy Jurgens of the LPGA.

SOUTH BAY PADDLEWHEEL CRUISES

Brightwaters, NY

Aboard the Lauren Kristy paddle-wheeler, passengers can take in either day or evening time entertainment cruises.

SHELTER ISLAND KAYAK TOURS

Shelter Island, NY

For those ready to get in the water themselves, kayak tours provide incredible outdoor views such as the Mashomack Nature Preserve.

Make plans to visit one of these great wineries today, and don’t forget to reserve your Long Island car service. You’ll be able to sit back, relax, taste all the wines you like, and then enjoy a safe ride home.

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