When I was recently invited to go on a winery tour on Long Island, NY, I don’t think I could have said yes fast enough. First off, I had never been to Long Island, so I was thrilled to be able to experience a whole new place. Secondly, I had never toured a winery before, so it sounded like it would be an unforgettable experience and I was excited to be a part of it. I met up with several other bloggers in New London, CT, which is where our day started.
Because Long Island is well, an island, we boarded the Cross Sound Ferry in New London to take us on the 16 mile journey across Long Island Sound to Orient Point, NY. For this trip, we took the JessicaW, which is a passenger only, high-speed ferry. Cross Sound Ferry operates both passenger only and auto ferries all year round.
The ferry ride took about 40-45 minutes from departure to arrival on Long Island. Once we arrived, we met up with the lovely Jo-Ann of Vintage Tours with Jo-Ann Perry. Jo-Ann provides guided winery tours of the North Fork of Long Island’s finest wineries.
Our first stop of the day was The Candyman, which is located at 22350 Main Road in Orient, NY. The Candyman is a small candy shop that specializes in homemade chocolates and candy.
As soon as I walked in the door, the smell of chocolate filled the air. It smelled like heaven on earth.
The Candyman shop was filled with seasonal candy, fudge, jelly beans, small gifts and so much more.
I was also able to go “behind the scenes” and watch how they made butter crunch chocolate. and talk with the owners about the history of the Candyman.
Did I mention that they sell chocolate covered oreos there? NOM!
Our next stop was the Kontokosta Winery, located at 823 North Road in Greenport, NY. As you can see, it’s absolutely charming.
Their tasting room is open Sunday through Thursday 11 am to 5 pm and Friday & Saturday 11 am to 6 pm.
I had a chance to taste some of their wines while I was there. I chose the Merlot and it was just amazing. I’m glad I grabbed a bottle to bring home with me.
With glasses of wine in hand, we went downstairs, which is where the wine is produced. We got to hear the history of the winery as well as the chance to check out all the equipment used in the process.
After the tour was over, I walked around the vineyard for a little bit before it was time to head over to our next stop.
The next stop on our tour was Jamesport Vineyards, which is located at 1216 Main Road in Jamesport, NY.
When we arrived, lunch waiting for us. A wonderful boxed lunch was provided by NoFo Lunchbox, located in Southold, NY. The boxed lunch is included as part of Jo-Ann’s tour.
I chose my sandwich in advance from the menu on the website. I went with the Margherita sandwich, which included pepperonata, fresh mozzarella and spinach. It was fantastic! The boxed lunch also came with an Orzo salad and a homemade chocolate chip cookie.
After lunch, we got a detailed tour of the winery from owner, Ron Goerler, Jr. We learned a lot about the actual process of growing the grapes and making wine.
After our tour, it was time for a tasting. I tasted 3 or 4 wines there and they were all delicious.
Next up, we headed to the Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard, which is located at 715 Sound Avenue in Matituck, NY. We were given a menu and were able to taste whatever we liked. I had their sparking chardonnay and it was SO good. It was, by far. my favorite tasting of the day.
After the group was finished with our tastings, we headed outside to the Barnyard Adventure, which included a petting zoo, Hedge maze, kids activities and SO much more.
The whole time I was there I kept saying how much I would like to bring my children there. They had so much to do there for the kiddos that we could literally spend an entire day there and not get bored. Here’s everything you need to know about Harbes Farm:
Information & Tickets
Country fun for everyone! Come visit the Baby Animals and enjoy a day of exploration and hands on learning.
- Open: Weekdays 11 am-5 pm/ Weekends & Holidays 9 am – 6 pm (last admission 5 pm)
- $7.95* Weekday General Admission (Monday – Friday, except holidays)
- $12.95* Weekend General Admission (Sat-Sun and Holidays) INCLUDES Corn Maze!
- $15.95* Weekend Barnyard Bundle (Sat-Sun and Holidays) INCLUDES Corn Maze & Singing Hayride!
- * Children 2 and under- FREE
- Pony Rides $5 ticket
- Singing Hayride $5 ticket (included in Barnyard Bundle)
- Pig Races (weekends)
- Barnyard Bounce
- Charlotte’s Web
- Goat Mountain
- The Three Little Pigs
- Secret Garden Hedge Maze
- Pedal Cart Track
- Chick Hatchery
- Honey Bee Observatory
- Corn Maze (Fall Only)
- And More!
Oh, and they have a farm stand out front.
The farm stand had tons of farm fresh fruits and veggies including tomatoes, broccoli, apples, lots of pumpkins & gourds and so much more.
They also have homemade apple cider donuts fresh off the conveyor belt (see below), hot apple, strawberry, mixed berry, blueberry and peach pies, homemade candy and caramel apples, and hot apple cider (in season).
Plus they have a Country Concession stand where you can get a roasted ear of Gourmet Super Sweet Corn, a fresh tomato mozzarella baguette, fresh squeezed lemonade, or a whole bunch of different specialty items from their Country Grill, which is open on the weekends.
I tried their Apple Cider Doughnuts and some Hot Apple Cider and both were out of this world. I really hope to get there with my kids next spring because I just know they’d love it.
From there, we headed over to the Catapano Dairy Farm, located at 33705 Middle Road in Peconic, NY. They specialize in hand crafted artisan cheese and a variety of soothing goat milk beauty products. Did you know that goat milk is a natural moisturizer containing over 50 nutrients?
We arrived just in time to see the goats getting milked.
After that, we walked over to their Cheese Shop where we were able to taste some of their wonderful cheeses.
Farm Fresh Chevre – delicate, soft and creamy
Herbed Chevre Roll – rolled in aromatic herbs
Feta Alfresco – mild tangy and easy to crumble
Fresh Whole Milk Ricotta – creamy and delicious
Gently Aged Gouda – traditional Gouda flavor
Goat Milk Yogurt – delicious and nutritious
Goat Milk Fudge – sinfully rich and smooth
All of the above (plus a lot more) are available for sale in the cheese shop.
Before we left, I snapped a few photos of some of the goats because they are so cute.
Next we headed to visit and go for a ride on the 100 year old carousel located in Mitchell Park, Greenport, NY.
Our final stop of the day was the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation, located on 3rd Street in Greenport, NY.
There we got a demonstration of the Plum Island Lighthouse Fresnel Lens:
And the Little Gull Lighthouse Fresnel Lens:
The museum contained lots of historical nautical artifacts, which I found to be really interesting.
After an amazing day, we headed back to the ferry dock to catch the Cross Sound Ferry back to New Haven.
I can’t believe how much we were able to fit into our day. I had no idea that it would be as much fun as it was. After hearing about my day, I bet you want to spend the day touring Long Island wine country, too? Be sure to catch the Cross Sound Ferry at 2 Ferry St in New London, CT and give Jo-Ann a call at (631) 765-4689 to book your Vintage Winery Tour.
Here’s what’s included if you go and decide to do a Vintage Winery Tour with Jo-Ann Perry:
Saturdays & Sunday’s $99.00 pp
Weekdays $87.50 pp
Jo-Ann took care of all the driving and arrangements, so it was truly a stress-free experience. Her tours are perfect for individuals, couples, groups, corporate outings, special occasions.
If you want to spend more time on Long Island check out LIWeekends for even more fun suggestions of things to do and see!
I am so thankful that I got to spend such a fun day on Long Island and can’t wait to go back!
**The above was a sponsored press trip, but all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**