In 2003, architectural project manager Carol Sullivan and Erich Moenius co-founded Gramercy Vineyards after…More discovering how ideal their 3.5 acres of sandy loam farm land in Mattituck was for growing merlot grapes. Located just south of Sound Avenue, the small plot is a "little oven" for growing exceptional merlot due to the way water and cold air tend to drain from the vines, according to noted winemaker Roman Roth.</p>
<p>Mr. Roth, who is also the winemaker at Wolffer Estate Vineyards in Sagponack, has been helping the team at Gramercy produce three robust boutique wines: Rose, Estate Merlot and Reserve Estate Merlot. The wines are currently only available for purchase at The Tasting Room in Peconic. Each grape is hand-picked and sorted. "If you have one little berry that is damaged by a bird or from a bee sting it will get cleaned out," Mr. Roth writes on Gramercy's website. "It's like sanding the rough spots out so that you can work in a very rustic way, macerating all you can get from the grapes."</p>
Medolla Vineyards 2885 Peconic Ln, Peconic, NY11958 Medolla Vineyards produces only one wine: Merlot. Coming from a career in aviation, winery owner John Medolla and his…More wife, Denise, began planting grapes on the North Fork in 2002. With the help of winemaker Eric Fry, the Medollas make their grapes into wine at Lenz Winery. They released their 2002 Merlot in 2007 to high praise and continue to receive good reviews for their wines made in the Italian Medolla family tradition.
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.
Onabay Vineyards South Harbor Road, Southold, NY11971 Onabay Vineyards is located on a large parcel of land just north of Peconic Bay on South Harbor Road in Southold. Brad…More Anderson has owned the vineyard for 18 years, and--with the help of family members and with the help of winemaker Bruce Schneider and viticulturalist Steve Mudd--produces chardonnay, merlot and sparkling wines. Drawings of herons by Francesca Anderson and poetry by Mia Anderson appear on each bottle's label. The Andersons hand-pick all of their grapes.
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.
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.
Brooklyn Oenology 2885 Peconic Ln, Peconic, NY11958 At Brooklyn Oenology, Brooklyn-based vintner Alie Shaper purchases grapes from North Fork growers and makes them into…More chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and viognier at Premium Wine Group in Mattituck. Ms. Shaper has plans to open a winery in Brooklyn, but for now her wines can be tasted and purchased at The Tasting Room in Peconic.
Raphael 39390 Route 25, Peconic, NY11958 Established in 1996 by John and Joan Petrocelli, Raphael Vineyards includes a distinct, Italian mansion-like production…More facility and tasting room on Route 25 in Peconic. The spacious interior is a classy place to enjoy a good glass of Raphael's popular Merlot, the grapes of which are harvested almost entirely by hand, or to toast someone's wedding. Raphael often hosts weddings, private parties and other special events, like Jazz on the Vine performances during Winterfest on the North Fork.