Long Island Wineries in the Fall can be a just what you need to chill out after a long summer. Day trips to wine country can be good for the soul. After a long work week that can be chock-full of high stress, multi-tasking and not enough sleep, take a pleasant drive on a crisp fall day and enjoy the bounty of Mother Nature.
As you set out on your trip make a pit-stop at your favorite deli and grab a few sandwiches to go, pack it in your ice-filled cooler (you’ll also need this for any wines you might purchase to take home) and set your destination to one of Long Island’s wineries for a “picnic on the patio”.
Each winery has its own vibe and ambiance and many wineries have won accolades for one of more of its wines. They are all worth a visit and you can choose those you enjoy most based on your individual palate.
For your day-trip picnic below is a list of a few wineries that have a patio for you to relax, enjoy your own lunch and sample the featured wines. I have listed a few in alphabetical order so as not to show exclusivity or preference.
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards, Sound Avenue, Baiting Hollow has an inviting indoor tasting room with a cozy, warm vibe that is perfect for the damp, sunless, chilly fall day.
Bedell Cellars, Main Road, Cutchogue has a large elevated deck with a view of the vineyard. The deck has a roof which makes is very pleasant in any kind of weather. So don’t stay home if the weather is a bit inclement.
Cory Creek Vineyards, Main Road, Southold, has a two-tier deck with a beautiful view of the vineyards. Perfect for a bright, sunny fall afternoon.
Croteaux Rose Vineyards, South Harbor Road, Southold, has a country patio setting with tables in the garden next to their Dutch colonial barn. Another setting to enjoy on a beautiful sunny day while tasting their exclusive Rose wines.
Duck Walk North, Main Road Southold, has a large stone patio adjacent to the vineyards. The tables have large umbrellas to shade you from the hot sun. Great for an Indian Summer day.
Martha Clara Vineyard, Sound Avenue, Riverhead has an indoor tasting room and the family attraction is the picnic tables outside. What is different about Martha Clara is you can take your family, have lunch outside and the kids can enjoy the small farm/zoo like atmosphere where they can roam around and pet the animals. There is no admission and you don’t have to taste the wines to enjoy an afternoon outdoors. A fun afternoon for the family and you won’t need a designated driver.
Paumanok Vineyards, Main Road, Aquebogue, has a an elevated deck with views of the vineyard. A beautiful setting to enjoy your picnic and let the stresses of the week melt away.
Here is a list of Long Island wineries to get you started.
Disclaimer: I do not receive any compensation whatsoever from Long Island Wineries. All information is based on my personal visits or information from newsletters I receive.