North Fork Wineries


Food & Drink


GreenportLong Island


From one winery 30 years ago, to almost 50 today, Long Island has had tremendous growth in its productions of wines. There are 44 North Fork wineries and 4 on the South Fork of the Island. There are also a growing number of craft breweries and distilleries. I thoroughly enjoyed my exploration of the wines in the area. Some of the tasting rooms are spectacular and rival those of any that I have seen in California and Oregon. My top recommendations include:

Corey Creek: In addition to wine tastings, they have live music and food Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5 to 9pm.  45470 Rt. 25, Southold. Their Cabernet Franc was excellent! They are owned by Bedell Winery which has its own tasting room in Cutchogue.

Kontokosta Winery: Located at 825 N. Road, Rt 25 in Greenpoint, this is a newly built tasting room that is really stunning with views of the Sound and the vineyards.  I really liked their 2010 Cab Franc and their 2013 Rose.

Croteaux: Don’t miss this beautiful tasting room and retail store. They feature rose wines only. The Jolie was excellent and was made with local cabernet franc.

Shinn Estate Vineyards: Just north of downtown Mattituck is a good winery/tasting room. Their cabernet franc was very good. They also have a lovely Farmhouse with four guest rooms. I had considered staying there, but wanted to be in Greenport where I could easily walk to the downtown area for dinner.

Duck Walk Vineyards: At their Water Mill location, overlooking the Parrish Museum, this is a huge winery and tasting room. I thought the 2010 Cabernet was excellent with notes of black cherry.

The Old Field Winery: This winery also comes highly recommended but was closed whenever I stopped by. It is located at 59600 Main Rd. in Southold.