The DeMaison family brags that wine flows in their blood, and given the three generations who work side by side at Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery, it would be hard to disprove them. Donald “Grandpa” DeMaison, the mastermind behind Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery, traces his roots back to his great-great-grandfather who worked as a farmer in the Alsace region of France. Don he has spent four decades mastering the art of growing, juggling, and transforming grapes, and has collaborated with his family to produce a venerable list of wines. Their offerings include white and red varietals and range from sweet to dry, such as a sweet Pinot Gris and a dry, mellow Lemberger in French oak.
As a fourth-generation fruit farmer, Jonathan Oakes's transition to wine maker and viticulturist was a short one. A decade ago, the Oakes family planted their first vines across 6 acres, yielding a harvest that would produce 14 types of plump, juicy grapes. The result is a diverse wine list that includes smoky cabernet, fruity ice wine, and even one that's cherry sparkling. Visit the tasting room to partake in sipping sessions, where 23 varietals are available to taste, learn about the wine-making process, and munch on paired snacks.
When Nana and Papa Varallo brought winemaking to America from Italy, they unknowingly brought a livelihood for their successors. Son Nicholas made wine in Papa's basement from the age of 8, then taught the techniques to children Dominic, Cristina, and Americo Varallo. Now all three generations contribute to the development of the family's Spring Lake Winery, which offers group vineyard excursions, rentable wedding space, and, of course, the Varallo's award-winning wines.