So many wineries on Long Island's East End welcome children and even pets, so it’s no wonder North Fork wine country has become a huge destination not just for couples and bachelorette parties, but for families as well.
From picnic areas to live music and annual events, we’ve rounded up a host of vineyards—many of which are family-owned and operated—that offer the most family-friendly experiences. In addition to wine, most tasting rooms offer light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, and some allow outside food and drink in designated picnic areas. Of course, kids must be supervised and pets must be on leashes. Be sure to check individual websites for specific rules and regulations. And be responsible if driving.
Autumn is an ideal time to visit East End vineyards as many celebrate the annual arrival of new vintages. As the weather gets cooler, it’s also a great time to check out other seasonal activities on Long Island, including apple picking and fall festivals. Happy autumn.
Visit Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard and help rescue threatened horses.
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard — Calverton
In addition to its wine, a big draw at this vineyard is its farm, which is home to rescued horses. Families can tour the vineyard and later learn about horses and enjoy pony rides. A portion of all proceeds benefits Baiting Hollow Farm Horse Rescue. Outside food is permitted in picnic areas only
Supervised kids are welcome and leashed dogs, too (outside only). No outside food is allowed, but water and non-alcoholic drinks are permitted. Local food and cheeses are available and food trucks make frequent visits.
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It's a festival atmosphere at Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard in Mattituck.
Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard — Mattituck
The vineyard is located behind the Harbes farm stand and Harbes Barnyard Adventure, with plenty for the 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.
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 flat breads on weekends.
Lieb Cellars— Cutchogue
The tasting room on Oregon Road features indoor and outdoor areas. A front deck offers great views of the sunset. Enjoy live music on occasion, and local cheeses and a snack menu are available. Kids and pets are welcome.
Macari Vineyards — Mattituck
Owned and operated by the Macari family who originally came from Queens, this winery is 100 percent kid- and pet-friendly. Outside food is not permitted, but artisanal cheeses and Charcuterie items are available for purchase.
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Enjoy a family stomp party at Martha Clara Vineyards, owned by legendary bakers the Entenmann family.
Martha Clara Vineyards — Riverhead
Kids and pets are welcome at this popular vineyard, which is owned by the Entenmann family, whose baked good have delighted families for generations. Many events are scheduled throughout the year, and kids are sure to enjoy the dozens of farm animals available for petting.
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. There is live music on most weekends.
Palmer Vineyards — Riverhead
Enjoy live music and private tours and tastings at this vineyard, whose tasting room resembles an old-fashioned diner/soda shop. Kids and pets are welcome.
Pindar Vineyards — Peconic
Families are welcome to bring their own food and picnic on the grass areas. Soft drinks and kid-friendly snacks are also available. Food trucks make frequent visits, and the vineyard hosts several event days in fall 2017, including Country Day (September 9) and Rock the Harvest (October 14). Leashed dogs are allowed in outdoor areas.
Pugliese Vineyards— Cutchogue
Tucked away on Route 25, this kid-, pet-, and picnic-friendly setting includes a lake with plenty of outdoor seating.
The Old Field—Southold
Generations of the same family have operated this winery for nearly a century. Bring your own picnic; kids are welcome, but not pets. The outside is designed like a barn, sure to delight young adventurers.
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Families can enjoy weekend events at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, one of only three vineyards on the South Fork.
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.
This article was originally posted in 2015. It was updated in September 2017.
Top photo: Frolic in the fields at family-friendly Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack. Photos courtesy of the vineyards