Head out of New York City and down the Long Island Expressway past densely populated towns lined with strip malls, and at the end of the L.I.E. you have a choice: take a right to the famous Hamptons or a left to the North Fork for wineries, farm stands, fresh local seafood, and low key waterfront communities.
The North Fork’s wine industry is booming. More than 50 vineyards covering 2,000 acres produce wines ranging in style and quality. No need for East Coasters to fly across the country to California or Oregon to winery hop!
A favorite stop not only makes you forget you’re in New York but transports you to Provence. The only winery in the U.S. that only produces rosé, Croteaux Vineyards feels like a film set. Pull into the gravel parking area surrounded by grapevines and enter what looks like a well-loved country house. Walk through the tiny retail operation to a gorgeous open-air backyard tasting area and choose a seat in the 1889 barn or in the courtyard under the shade of an umbrella. Sit back, sip a flight, and try to resist the urge to speak French.