For several centuries, the North Fork (if you think of Long Island as an alligator with its mouth open, the upper jaw would be the North Fork) of Long Island was made up of farming communities, their chief products corn and potatoes. Fast forward to the later quarter of the twentieth century, when Europeans discovered that the soil in the area was similar in composition to that of the fertile Burgundy region in France. The rest has been magical. Today the North Fork supports over 30 wineries, many of them producing award-winning and world class vintages. And, where formerly the North Fork was a farming community, today its primary cash crop is TOURISM.
Long Islandâ€™s North Fork has over 30 wineries, most open to the public year round. Most offer free tours of the vineyard with free or modest cost tastings afterward. Almost all have gift shops and host music, dinners and other lively seasonal events. Among the best known vineyards and wineries of the North Fork include: Bedell Cellars
, known as a boutique farm winery, completed its vineyard-wide renovation last year; and Borghese
, run by Prince Marco Borghese since 1999 and whose vintages constantly receive international awards and medals. Also notable is Ospreyâ€™s Dominion Vineyards
, recipient of the prestigious â€œWinery of the Yearâ€ award at the New York Wine and Food Classic. Some of the best wines on Long Island continue to be produced by Pellegrini Vineyards
known for its international award-winning Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. And Pindar Vineyards
which recently celebrated its 25th birthday with accolades from around the world as well as continued praise for its stellar vintages.
If you live on or are visiting Long Island, donâ€™t limit your East End experiences to the Hamptonsâ€¦â€¦The North Fork offers many avenues of interest, especially for those who love the finer vintages in life! Make of day of exploring the vineyards, antique shops, art galleries, restaurants and quaint towns of Long Islandâ€™s North Fork.