When you visit the Long Island Wine Region, you share in the pride that we have for our people, our land and the culture that make us unique. A visit to the East End demonstrates the close, seasonal connection between land and table as wonderful local products are picked, harvested or produced daily and displayed at the height of ripeness, perfectly complimenting our wines.
The Hamptons, Long Island American Viticultural Area is located entirely within eastern Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. The viticultural area boundaries consist of all of the land areas of the South Fork of Long Island, New York, including all of the beaches, shorelines, islands and mainland areas in the Townships of Southampton and East Hampton including Gardiners Island, for a total size of 209 square miles.
The Long Island American Viticultural Area encompasses Nassau and Suffolk counties of New York, including the smaller offshore islands in those counties. The AVA was established in 2001, over 15 years after two smaller AVAs were created at the eastern end of Long Island.
The North Fork, Long Island American Viticultural Area region lies entirely in Suffolk County and is governed under the State of New York. The western boundary of the North Fork appellation is the 6-mile long boundary line separating Riverhead and Brookhaven Townships. It includes Shelter Island and Robins Island.
Alex and Louisa Hargrave planted the first Long Island vineyard in 1973 in the town of Cutchogue, N.Y. They were followed by a group of pioneering investors, grape growers and winemakers with extraordinarily diverse backgrounds from all over the world. Their shared vision and experience in traditional winemaking practices created a rich, yet unique, culture that began to catch the attention of wine experts from all around the word.
Now, more than forty years later, the region has grown into one of the most exciting up-and-coming wine regions in the country.
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