After purchasing their dream house — an 1860 Mattituck farmhouse surrounded by 38 acres of dormant farmland…More — in 1996, Charles and Barbara Smithen decided to follow another dream of becoming vintners by planting some of those acres with chardonnay grapes and launching Sherwood House Vineyards.
Today, Sherwood House Wine can be found at two locations: a quaint outdoor tasting facility on 2600 Oregon Road in Mattituck and a recently-opened elaborated tasting house on 1291 Main Road in Jamesport. Though Sherwood House Chardonnay is still a popular varietal, sales of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and the sparkling blanc de blanc are "neck and neck" with the vineyard's orignal wine, according to Ms. Smithen.
Clovis Point 1935 Main Road, Jamesport, NY11947 Clovis Point vineyard grapes grow on the same fertile land that ancient people cultivated in Jameport thousands of years…More ago. Grapes such as merlot, cabernet franc and chardonnay now grow on 20 scenic acres surrounding the winery's peaceful patio and rustic tasting room, which was rennovated in 2007 from its original state as a potato barn built in the 1920s.
Sherwood House Vineyards (Jamesport) 1291 Main Road, Jamesport, NY11947 Sherwood House Vineyards is a tasting room and barn offering a wide selection of locally made wines. This establishment…More provides wines such as Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Blanc de Blanc, and hosts various live music events. The tasting room is available to rent for private events. The vineyard for this company is located on Oregon Road.
Corey Creek 45470 Route 25, Southold, NY11971 Owned by Bedell Cellars, Corey Creek is a cozy winery on Route 25 in Southold with a barn-like tasting room and one of…More the most spectacular North Fork vineyard views from its three-tier, south-facing back deck. Corey Creek is known for its Reserve Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and the popular Provencal Rose. Local bands liven up the wine-sipping scene with summer-weekend performances on the deck.
Lenz Winery 38355 Route 25, Peconic, NY11958 Since 1978, Lenz has remained a small craft winery dedicated to a "high touch" in producing rich boutique wines that…More have consistently received high-praise by industry experts over the years. The winery, located on Route 25 in Peconic, offers an estate selections of wines; Old Vines wines such as a 2002 unfiltered cabernet sauvignon and a 2007 chardonnay; and new releases, from gewürztraminer to pinot noir.
Waters Crest Winery 22355 County Road 48, Cutchogue, NY11935 Since 2001, Jim and Linda Waters have used select grapes from local growers to make award-winning wines such as…More Chardonnay, Merlot and a distinctive Cabernet Franc. The couple opened a small tasting room, complete with a marble bar set atop oak barrels, located in a strip mall on Route 48 in Cutchogue in 2003. Guests can see the winemaking process in the back of the tasting room from the bar. Waters Crest Wine Club members can get their name laser-etched on specific barrels of wine and can sample that wine straight from the barrel.
Harbes Family Farmstand and Vineyard 715 Hallock Ln, Mattituck, NY11952 Harbes Family Farmstand founder Ed Harbes is the 12th generation of Harbes to farm on the North Fork. After he married…More his high school sweetheart, Monica, the family tried to make a go at potato and cabbage farming to little financial yield. Throughout the 1980s, the Harbes transitioned into retail farming, adding sweet corn, tomatoes and a plethora of other types of produce to their repertoire. In 2003, they planted five acres of Chardonnay and Merlot grapes. Today, the Mattituck family farmstand and wine tasting room crowds during the warmer months, with people seeking fresh fruits and vegetables, outdoor games and activities for their children, and samples of Harbes' award-winning wines.
Channing Daughters' Winery 1927 Scuttlehole Rd, Bridgehampton, NY11932 Channing Daughters' Winery co-founder Walter Channing planted the first Chardonnay vines on his Bridgehampton farm in…More 1982. In the decades since, the vineyard has evolved to include interesting varieties of grapes such as Tocai Friulano, Muscat Ottonel, Malvasia, and Pinot Bianco — grapes rarely found anywhere else on the East End — on 25 picturesque acres on the South Fork and several more on the North Fork. Many of Channing Daughters' methods of making wine date back to ancient times, when all grapes were picked and punched down by hand. The winery's quaint tasting room and outdoor patio include sculptures and artwork by Mr. Channing, who also runs a venture capital business.
Retired air traffic controller Ray Blum planted the first vines at Peconic Bay Winery in 1979. Since then, wines such…More as Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvigon and Cabernet Franc have been produced from grapes grown on 200 acres.
The current tasting room, complete with panoramic patio, tapas menu and high-energy live music every weekend, opened in 2009 across from the shopping center in Cutchogue.
The winery recently picked up the Nautique line of wines, which are gaining in popularity, and is working to develop a line of spirits. Alongside booking weekend warrior musicians for entertainment, Peconic Bay has hosted concerts by bigger names such as John Pizzarelli, Richie Havens and Mountain.
Sannino's Bella Vita Vineyard and B & B 1375 Peconic Ln, Peconic, NY11958 Sannino's Bella Vita Vineyardis located on Peconic Lane in Peconic, and is one of the newer wineries…More on the North Fork. Its tasting room is located in a historic, turn of the century barn. Bella Vita Vineyard's relaxed atmosphere makes it a great place to visit on a trek down the North Fork wine trail. Its owners hold classes for those interested in making their own wine, which they can do on premises. Estate wines available here include white merlot, merlot, chardonnay, and cabernet sauvignon. An exclusive bed and breakfast suite is also available.
Pellegrini Vineyards 23005 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY11935 Though Pellegrini Vineyards' spacious indoor tasting room and Romanesque center courtyard didn't open in until 1991, the…More Pellegrini family have been planting high-quality chardonnay and merlot grapes on 30 acres of rolling hills in Cutchogue for more than 28 years. The purchase of three more nearby parcels over the years has allowed the Pellegrinis to plant cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, gewurztraminer, sauvignon blanc, petite verdot, and to expand its merlot — the resulting wine from which the winery has become well-known. Today, Pellegrini employees maintain 98 acres and serve tastings to hundreds of wine enthusiasts every year. All wines are aged in French, American and Hungarian oak barrel in cellars beneath the winery. Pellegrini's picturesque building also attracts droves of photographers and the occasional film crew.