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12 scenic wineries in the Northeast to visit immediately

Ideal getaways replete with scenic views and bottomless wines, these are the best wineries in the Northeast

Anna Rahmanan
Clara Hogan
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Anna Rahmanan
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Clara Hogan
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Picture this: you're sitting outside with views of vineyards before you, a glass of wine in your hand and an Atlantic breeze in your hair. Sound ideal? Look no further than the best wineries in the Northeast. With its cooler climate conditions, regional growers tend to specialize in French-American hybrid grape varieties such as Seyval, as well as sparkling wine, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. However, the number of vineyards are always growing and varieties expanding—today you can even find well-received Merlot and Cabs.

That means whether you’re a fan of red, white or sparkling, our list of recommendations for the best wineries in the Northeast will have something for everyone. Squeeze in a trip to one of these spots after an adventure glamping or settling into a nearby cozy cabin. A day with wine is never wasted. 

Scenic wineries in the Northeast

Across the 28 acres of Bridgehampton, land that make up this destination, about 50 percent of grapes are sourced locally in an effort to produce about 14,000 cases of wine a year. All across the estate, expect to gaze in wonder at the artwork on display, made by owner Walter Channing. Our favorite: a 40-foot pencil that looks straight up to the sky. Sip wines by the glass or opt for a themed tasting to try a curated selection of the two dozen varieties grown onsite. Walk-ins are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, but reservations are encouraged (and open 14 days in advance).

In 2009, Randy and Linda Rice gave up their day jobs in teaching and pharmaceutical sales to set up their very own winery in the Pocono Mountains—a gamble that proved to be an excellent decision. It took years of toiling to have enough grapes to start their business. Over a decade later, the couple presides over a 100-acre farm with thousands of vines and scenic views for days. They moved into a new building in 2017 with a more expansive tasting room and wraparound porch, a perfect spot to take in vineyard views. The destination also happens to be a brewery and distillery—in case your taste buds are craving something beyond the delicious wine on offer.

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Gino Razzi left his home in Abruzzo, Italy to settle down in Delaware County, Pennsylvania back in 1962. After joining the Marines and going to college, he became a successful wine importer and, eventually, a crafty winemaker. In 2004, he purchased this particular winery and has been producing delicious bottles of award-winning sauvignon blanc, viognier, Moscato rose, pinot noir and other varietals from this location ever since. We suggest enjoying a glass (or three) while nibbling on a cheese tray and listening to live music on the beautiful property. Walk-ins are accepted but not guaranteed; reservations are highly encouraged for this popular spot.

Earning 90+ scores for its wines from Wine Spectator, Sparkling Pointe produces some of the most praised wines within the North Fork of Long Island American Viticultural Area. The winery focuses on sustainably producing Méthode Champenoise sparkling wines exclusively through a pretty incredible processing system that yields 3,000 bottles per hour. The Grand Tasting House is fit for a celebration with bubbly—think crystal chandeliers, soaring ceilings and bright white fixtures. Other places to sip include the VIP Bubble Lounge and outdoor terrace overlooking the expansive lawn.

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Peter & Deborah Carroll bought opened Lenz in 1988 when the Long Island wine community had less than 10 players. Now, that community has grown, yet this 70-acre estate is still one of the most memorable experiences in the area. Expect plenty of outdoor space and live music on certain nights, plus top-notch Merlots, Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons. You can even reserve a picnic table and bring your (leashed) dog along. The winery can get popular, especially on weekends, and reservations are encouraged. 

At 80 acres, this is the largest vineyard in New England—with scenic views to match its expansive territory (it is New England, after all). Set along coastal Westport, this winery specializes in  Vinifera grapes since the 1980s. Grab a glass while perusing the vineyard and then grab a seat on an Adirondack in the beautiful public area before heading to the on-site food truck for some delicious fare. No reservations are required as there is plenty of space—you can also feel free to bring your own chairs or blankets. To top off the visit, may we suggest trying the top-notch Methode Champenoise sparkling wine?

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This green facility is equipped with geothermal heating and cooling plus a photovoltaic system (read: solar panels). You'll likely notice the beautiful 18th-century barn while driving in the area and, upon entering the 25 acres of land, opt to enjoy some wine while sitting on the wrap-around deck or in front of the majestic hearth. You can sign up for a tasting or choose your own glass sourced from the two acres of vines on the property. Sit back, relax and revel in all that is this stunning winery.

Did you know that Long Island's East End microclimate is comparable to the Bordeaux region of France? It makes sense, then that the wines are top-notch. Before becoming Castello Di Borghese, this winery was first the site of Hargrave Vineyard, Long Island’s oldest vineyard that was founded in 1973 and opened up a new industry that's now expanded to 50+ vineyards. Philadelphia couple Ann Marie and Marco Borghese took over and changed the winery's name in 1999. Today, their children have taken over operations to continue the legacy. Make sure to visit for the perfect spot to settle down with a glass while taking in the luscious views.

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Sit on the expansive patio of this Vermont winery, in operation for over two decades. The beautiful landscape—the mountains, rivers, lakes and valleys—inspires the flavors produced on site, including classic and modern wines. Opt for a self-guided tasting, sip wine by the glass or bottle or pair it all with fresh local produce. You can even visit the on-site tasting room.

Multiple vineyards make up this overall scenic property in New Jersey, also equipped with a tented patio overlooking four separate gardens and a landscape view of the Amwell Ridge Vineyard. You can book a tasting for up to four guests at a time to enjoy delicious wines by the glass, an experience you can also partake in while visiting the picnic grounds with Dibruno Brothers cheeses and salumi in hand (they're available for purchase on site). Walk-ins welcome.

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The countryside at Carroll County is a welcome sight for sore eyes and it's most readily enjoyed at this local chic winery. The rotating seasonal wines and live music make the experience that much more enticing. Choose between the tasting room and the outdoor farm spaces while sipping on your wine of choice. We are partial to the Chardonnay but there are plenty of options to choose from. Reservations are strongly encouraged. 

 

When talking about the Northeast and wines, we would be remiss not to include Quebec City’s Vignoble de l’Orpailleur, in operation since 1982. As one of the pioneers of Québec winemaking, the winery leaders have more than 40 years of experience navigating the marginal climate of the region to create 10 award-winning wines. You should try as many wines as possible but don't miss their signature bottle: L'Orpailleur Blanc, a blend of Vidal and Seyval grapes. Bonus points for a visit: The on-site restaurant, Le Tire-Bouchon, offers a country setting with a menu that pairs local produce and products with L'Orpailleur wines. 

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