In just 40 years it’s amazing to see how much the North Fork region of Long Island has evolved from a primarily potato farming region to a world-class wine producing region. Apparently the climate and soil conditions are just right for growing grapes here (who knew?).
There’s been some great recognition of the region lately; in fact Redbook just named it one of the Top Ten Wine Regions in America. Redbook is a pretty prestigious, 110 year old magazine owned by Hearst publications and has a total circulation of over two million.
The editors at Redbook said of Long Island Wine Country:
“Recent talk of the North Fork has been all about The Great Gatsby, but since Fitzgerald’s time, it’s become a top wine destination. Take in a vineyard-side tasting accompanied by caviar and Vosges chocolates at Sparkling Pointe Winery, or learn to cook and have a wine-paired meal with Chef Peter Berley at My Kitchen in South Jamesport. On Saturday night, head to One Woman Wines and Vineyards for a tasting under the stars, where in addition to delicious wine, you can enjoy a picnic, roast s’mores, and watch a movie.”
In almost four decades, Long Island’s wine industry has blossomed from one small vineyard to over 3,000 acres of lush, green vines. Today there are over three dozen wineries that produce world-class, sophisticated vintages. In January 2003, it became the first known U.S. wine appellation to receive Federal service mark protection for its name “Long Island Wine Country”.
The abundance of wineries, with their sprawling fields, inviting tasting rooms, distinctive vintages and special events that range from concerts to hayrides to poetry readings, has turned the island’s East End into a popular destination.