If you’re looking for a relaxing vino escape while in the Hamptons, head to Wölffer Estate Vineyards, located in Bridgehampton in the South Fork of Suffolk County, New York.
Described by its staff as “an American Winery in the Classic European Tradition,” the 175-acre estate features an inviting tasting room that opens up onto a beautiful terrace overlooking 55 acres of vineyards. As late founder Christian Wölffer was an equestrian, the estate is also home to a 100-acre world-class equestrian center, complete with the largest indoor riding ring on the East Coast.
While visiting the vineyard, we recommend sitting on the terrace and enjoying a flight of the Club Tasting, which includes the following wines this summer:
2010 Sauvignon Blanc: Fruity and refreshing, this citrusy treat is perfect for a sunny day on the terrace. It is composed of 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes purchased from Palmer Vineyard on the North Fork of Long Island.
2010 Grandioso Rosé: Light salmon in color, this rosé features baked apple, caramel and pear aromas and is composed of 66% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc and 8% Chardonnay.
2008 Caya Cabernet Franc: Long Island is known for the Cabernet Franc varietal – this one features subtle spicy black pepper, blackberry, cherry and chocolate notes and an elegant minerality, yet is light enough for summer sipping. It is composed of 86% Cabernet Franc and 14% Merlot.
2009 “Laica” Late Harvest (Ice Wine) Vignoles and Riesling: This elegant and not-too-syrupy harvest wine is sweet with caramel and peach. Winemaker Roman Roth recommends pairing this ice wine with fresh fruit, fruit tart or fruit sorbet, or simply enjoying it on its own. This wine is composed of 62% Vignoles, grown at Wolffer Estate Vineyard and 38% Riesling, grown at Jamesport Vineyard.
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