Kid-Friendly Wineries on Long Island's East End to Visit in Summer 2020
With so many wineries on the East End now welcoming children, Long Island wine country has become a huge destination not just for couples and bachelorette parties, but for families with kids, too.
From picnic areas to live music, and annual events, we’ve rounded up a host of kid-friendly wineries on Long Island's East End—many of which are family-owned and operated—offering the best experiences for little visitors. In addition to wine, most tasting rooms offer light snacks and nonalcoholic beverages, and some allow outside food and drink in designated picnic areas. Of course, kids must be supervised and any pets must be on leashes. Be sure to check individual websites for specific rules. And be responsible if you're driving.
Please note that under current COVID-19 regulations, restaurants and bars statewide may only serve alcohol to people who are ordering and eating food while seated and appropriately socially distanced. Additionally, all New York residents over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask when in public and unable to distance appropriately. We've attempted to highlight our favorite wineries at their best below. Please click through to their websites or call before heading out to check current hours and restrictions.
Family-Friendly Wineries on Long Island's East End Open in Summer 2020
1. Bedell Cellars — Cutchogue
Supervised kids are welcome, and leashed dogs, too (outside only). No outside food is allowed, but water and nonalcoholic drinks are permitted. Local food and cheeses are available, and food trucks make frequent visits. Guests rave about the knowledgeable staff and gorgeous views. Families can enjoy live music on weekends in the summer.
2. Duck Walk Vineyards — Southold, Water Mill
Duck Walk hosts live music on weekend afternoons from May through October at its North and South Fork locations. Kids and pets are welcome, and adults can sample four elegant wines for only $12. A variety of snacks and cheese are also available and guests may bring light snacks, too.
3. Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard — Mattituck
The vineyard is located behind the Harbes farm stand and Harbes Barnyard Adventure, with plenty for kids to do. Admission fees apply. Take the kids to see the animals, let them play games, and then relax with a glass of wine at the wine barn. Hayrides, pig rides, and corn mazes are all part of the fun. Check out the Peach Festival in August and the Apple Festival in September. And while you're there, treat your sweet tooth to some cider doughnuts and kettle corn.
4. Jamesport Vineyards — Jamesport
Pets are not allowed on the property, but kids are always welcome at this father-son establishment. Food selections include wood-fired oven pizza and flatbreads on weekends. Live jazz is popular on summer weekends.
5. Lieb Cellars — Cutchogue
The tasting room on Oregon Road features indoor and outdoor areas, but reservations are strongly recommended due to limited seating. A front deck offers great views of the sunset. Enjoy live music on occasion. Local cheeses and a snack menu are available. Kids and pets are welcome.
Kids can enjoy a family stomp party at RGNY Vineyards in Riverhead.
6. RGNY Vineyards — Riverhead
At this vineyard, formerly known as Martha Clara Vineyards, kids and pets are welcome. While the indoor tasting room is closed this summer, the outdoor area is open for sipping and snacks.
7. McCall Wines — Cutchogue
McCall has plenty of outdoor space for walking, hiking, and picnicking with kids and pets. Kids will love the stable and barn, as well as the food truck with big, juicy burgers. There is delicious wine at a variety of price points for parents to purchase.
8. Osprey's Dominion — Peconic
At this family-friendly and popular vineyard, guests can bring their own picnic lunches. Outdoor games such as volleyball, bocce, and corn hole are available at no charge on its expansive property. There is live music most weekends.
9. Palmer Vineyards — Riverhead
Enjoy live music, private tours, and tastings at this vineyard, whose tasting room resembles an old-fashioned diner/soda shop. For the summer of 2020, Palmer is only seating parties of six or fewer. While reservations are recommended, they are only available for members of its wine club.
10. Pindar Vineyards— Peconic
Families are welcome to bring food and picnic on the grass areas. Soft drinks and kid-friendly snacks are also available. Enjoy live music, Sunset Fridays, and more. Food trucks make frequent visits. Leashed dogs are allowed in outdoor areas.
11. Pugliese Vineyards — Cutchogue
Tucked away on Route 25, this kid-, pet-, and picnic-friendly setting includes a lake with plenty of outdoor seating.
12. The Old Field — Southold
Generations of the same family have operated this winery for nearly a half-century. Bring a picnic; kids are welcome, but no pets. The outside is designed like a barn, sure to delight young adventurers.
Enjoy weekend family fun at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, one of only three vineyards on the South Fork.
13. Wölffer Estate Vineyard — Sagaponack
Through the end of September, families visiting this South Fork vineyard can enjoy Sunset Fridays and Saturdays at the wine stand. Bring a blanket and chairs, enjoy wines by the glass and bottle, cheese and Charcuterie plates, and music from 5pm until sunset. Snack boxes and beverages are available for kids. Reservations are required.
Family-Friendly Wineries on Long Island's East End Closed During Summer 2020
Visit Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard for more than just wine. Take home a cake or pie.
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard — Calverton
The Tasting House at Baiting Hollow Farm is closed until further notice, but moms and dads can still enjoy its wine at home, the farm is offering customers free shipping throughout the summer and hosting virtual wine tastings for its patrons.
Macari Vineyards — Mattituck
A Long Island favorite, the Macari family vineyard has closed its tasting room due to the coronavirus pandemic for the summer of 2020. The Mattituck vineyard is still selling wine on location through a pick-up window, or wine can be ordered online.
This article was originally posted in 2015, but has since been updated. All photos courtesy of the respective vineyards.
Writer Rebekah Yahoves contributed additional reporting.