Here at the Long Island Wine Council, we are extremely proud of our region and its successes within the wine community. A lot has been happening in our bustling region so we’d like to address a Long Island State of the Union to bring you all up to speed.
First, here’s a little background. It all started in 1973 with Alex and Louisa Hargrave, founders of Castello di Borghese, Long Island’s oldest winery and pioneer of the Long Island viticultural movement. Now, 45 years later, we’ve got over 60 wineries in the East End of Long Island alone and our vineyards are really making a name for themselves.
Martha Clara Vineyards has been climbing the ranks of New York state wines, winning awards each of the last three years at the NY Food and Wine Classic including their 2013 Riesling, 2014 Chardonnay, and 2015 Pinot Noir all being voted the best in the state.
Jamesport Vineyards, also one of LI’s oldest wineries and owned by three generations of the Goerler family, has been taking home awards of their own lately. In the 2017 New York Wine and Food Classic, they took home two golds and two double golds for wines from their Estate and East End collections.
And of course, Palmer Vineyards, another institution among Long Island winemakers, had their own sweep in 2016 with seven individual award-winning wines, all of which can still be sampled in their tasting room.
There are over 400 wineries in the state of New York and our very own East End winemakers take home more awards year after year and we couldn’t be prouder! Each vineyard and winery has something unique to offer so make sure you come on out to say hello and learn about your hometown wine community!
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