Recently, on a perfect fall day, I decided to drive out to the North Fork and visit some of the local wineries. I say some, because there are sooo many of them, I really don’t think it’s possible to visit all of them in one day – I mean, I guess you could try, but one, you would end up so drunk that you wouldn’t remember a lot of it, and two, if I was going to do that, I’d rather just do a bar-crawl.
So, with a list of wineries in hand, and pages of directions from google that didn’t always help me after all (when did google start making their directions confusing?), I headed out east for a day of fun and adventure, with not a care in the world.
My first stop was all the way in Greenport. It is the most eastern winery on the North Fork, but it also is known for its view…and can I just say that the view was absolutely worth it even though I did not walk out of there with a bottle of wine. You could take a glass (bottle) and walk out across an expanse of lawn where you were greeted with Adirondack chairs, picnic tables/benches, and a gorgeous view of the Long Island Sound. Having grown up on Long Island, and being acquainted with some parts of the Sound’s beaches, I was amazed by the beauty of it. Kontokosta Winery is a must.
Another winery that I really liked – although again, their wine wasn’t the best (I know, I’m a wine snob) – was Duck Walk Vineyards North. What I especially liked about this place was that they had live entertainment and a lively attitude. Also, you were able to walk through the vineyards with your beverage of choice. I put my wine glass down on the grass and frolicked.
There were a few other vineyards that I visited that day, where I did end up taking home a bottle from, but the two I mentioned above were definitely the most fun ones. All in all, it was a fun day, and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back and do it again.