After months of blizzards, puddles of brown slush, and frigid rain, it is finally summer, and months of warm weather are upon us. Instead of jetting off to California wine country for your wine fix, consider visiting some of the top-rated wineries on Long Island. The area is home to dozens of vineyards and wineries that are making some of the country’s best wine.

If you’re ready for an exciting day of wine tasting and sophistication, here are the top vineyards and wineries on Long Island you should visit in summer 2021.

1. Pindar Vineyards

Pindar Vineyards of Peconic took home the Governor’s Cup for the wine of the year with its 2019 Dr. Dan’s Signature Collection Gewürztraminer. This winery is the largest on Long Island (500 plus acres!) and has been around since the early 1980s.

Pindar grows 17 varieties of grapes using eco-friendly farming practices to produce 23 different varietals and proprietary blends.

2. Paumanok Vineyards

Paumanok took the prize for Winery of the Year, winning gold medals for Best Vinifera Red Blend, Best Traditional Method Sparkling Wine, and Best Sauvignon Blanc.

Located on 127 acres in Aquebogue, Paumanok is known for its Rieslings, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnays, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Cabernet Francs. Get a taste of Paumanok’s 9,000 cases of wine while snacking on regional cheese or charcuterie.

3. Channing Daughters

Located on the South Fork in the Hamptons, Channing Daughters sits on 28 acres growing more than two dozen varieties of grapes. All of their grapes are hand-picked, with skins, seeds, and pulp composted. Go on a wine tasting then visit their sculpture garden where owner Walter Channing’s works are on display.

4. Wölffer Estate Vineyard

Finish your visit to the Hamptons with a stop at the chic Wölffer Estate Vineyard packed with celebrities, Sagapanack vacationers, and trend-devotees. This vineyard is quite popular in the summer months, so getting a reservation might be hard, but you can still visit the idyllic vineyard and pick up a bottle of their famous Summer in a Bottle Rosé. If crowds are not your thing, you can pick up a bottle at their wine stand on Montauk Highway.

5. Lieb Cellars

Lieb Cellars sits on 85 acres of Cutchogue property consisting of five vineyards, an indoor tasting bar, a private library room, and a deck overlooking the farm. You are sure to find something from its estate-grown, small-batch wines, including Petit Verdot, Merlot, and pinot blanc, to satisfy your palette.

You can try five wines designed for casual sipping at the younger label, Bridge Lane, in a colorful space with picnic tables, turntables, and chalkboard menus.


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