Wineries and Tasting Fees on Long Island
Back in 2004, LI Vineyard Tours® had an idea of sending people out east to sample Long Island’s wine in the North Fork. With one limousine and an idea today it has become Big business for all whom own a vineyard. In addition, heading to the wineries and tasting fees at the vineyards didn’t exist. You sampled the wine and if you didn’t like it, you could just walk out. Although if you did like it you would get a great price on a bottle of wine. The only problem was after sampling wine you shouldn’t be driving. That’s when LI Vineyard Tours® s was created.
What better way to sample wine with friends and family without driving intoxicated. So LI Vineyard Tours® put together specific wine tour packages with limousine, party bus & shuttle charter transportation included in the pricing. Who new that 14 years later we would have to change the pricing because the sampling & tasting fees would go thru the roof. This of coarse has limited us to certain vineyards with affordable sampling fees. The whole object is to taste wine you enjoy and perhaps recommend it to a friend or family member. Whether you buy it at the winery or buy it from a liquor store doesn’t matter what matters is you don’t drink and drive.
The Long Island Wine Region
The heart of Long Island is now home to over 40 wineries & vineyards. This was all started by a pioneer who’s name was Dr. Herodotus “Dan” Damianos was a visionary. He saw what could be on Long Island when he planted the first vines and decided to make wine instead of growing potatoes. Dr. Dan was also a compassionate doctor. He truly cared about each person he cared for in his practice. His traditions are carried on daily at the winery and in his tasting rooms.
At Pindar Vineyards, their award-winning wines are quite literally dreams come true. It was the dream Dr. Herodotus “Dan” Damianos that helped create the wine-making industry on Long Island in the early 1980’s. And that dream has, over 35 years, turned Pindar Vineyards into Long Island’s best-known wine producer. Not to mention their wine tastings are affordable and so are the bottles.
Another fantastic winery is Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards. Their tasting fees are still affordable and not only can you taste award winning wines but you can also walk their property and see all of the horses they have rescued over the years. In 2007, their old, 1861 farmhouse was renovated and became what is its presently the Tasting House. A top-notch team was hired to oversee and supervise wine making & production as well as vineyard management and so Baiting Hollow Farm became Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard®, which has established itself as a grower of distinction producing many varietals of high quality wines.
Of coarse their are other wineries on the east end of Long Island but we thought we would mention these two. You can also find additional information on other vineyards located on our Wineries page.