The friendly enophiles at Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard take an interactive approach to wine education, guiding visitors through the ins and outs of the vintner process and offering sips of rich estate wines crafted onsite. Sojourners can venture to the winery to tipple glasses of chardonnay and merlot inside a rustic tasting room situated in a barn built in the early 1900s, or extend their stays with an annual membership to the vineyard’s unique Vine to Wine program. During the course of the year, program members take a hand in every part of the winemaking process, raising grapes from infancy before crushing and pressing them into adulthood at the vineyard’s custom-winemaker center.
The scenic North Fork vineyard is also home to Sannino's bed-and-breakfast, a single Tuscan-style suite that overlooks rows of growing vines and houses numerous amenities including a marble bathtub, 42-inch flat-screen TV, king-size bed, and spacious private living quarters. Complimentary beach passes and tasting tours await overnight guests, as does a full breakfast every morning. Remote wine-lovers can also peruse Sannino's wares online as they envision themselves traversing the verdant property and testing each bottle’s bouquet by closing their eyes and sniffing their computer monitor deeply.
With over 90 acres of rich soil to cultivate, the oenophiles at Osprey's Dominion Vineyards show off their commitment to fine winemaking by growing the most varietals on Long Island: 13. From chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon to gewürztraminer and carménère, the vintners put the same amount of care into perfecting each bottle. And it seems the Wine and Food Classic and Tasters Guild International agree, doling out eight gold medals and one double gold to nine wines in 2013 alone.
Visitors are given a gold-standard experience as well, sampling the vineyard's offerings in the elegant tasting room where light streams in through thed large picture windows. Outside they can experience a more relaxed atmosphere with three barbecue pits, a volleyball court, and of course, an outdoor wine bar.
Voted the No. 2 best winery on Long Island by the Long Island Press, Pindar Vineyards pours out 70,000 cases of wine each year. Fortunately, this popular spot can accommodate droves of drinkers—the tasting room can host as many as 3,000 guests at any given time. Run by the same family behind Duck Walk and Jason Vineyard, Pindar has also become known for its field of cheery yellow sunflowers, which blossom in the summer months and frequently save Christmas in the winter months. These blooms inspired the name of the 2010 Sunflower chardonnay, an oak-aged limited reserve that pairs well with the crunch of a summer salad.
With two locations and 140 acres of picturesque land, Duck Walk Vineyard remains a popular presence on the Long Island Wine Trail, having been voted in 2013 as one of the top wineries in Long Island by "Best of Long Island". Tastings of the winery's many vintages, including reds, whites, and fruity dessert wines, draw crowds of visitors to both of Duck Walk's spacious facilities. The festive atmosphere here also makes it a prime setting for weddings, rehearsal dinners, and other private events.
Pour The Core celebrates everything hard cider. At the fest, guests will get the chance to taste more than 75 ciders, including national brands Woodchuck, Angry Orchard and Strongbow and international brands from Sweden, Spain and elsewhere. To ensure that people leave with a greater appreciation of the drink, different seminars will touch on the creation and enjoyment of cider. The event benefits Kids Need More, a charity serving kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Fill up on fare from Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue and be sure to satisfy your stomach.
Drivers will find quick and easy parking just around the corner from Bedell Cellars.
Bedell Cellars makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.