Escape the towering Manhattan skyline and make your way to the North Fork of Long Island with this fun-filled wine tour of one of New York's top attractions. Sample selected wines from three carefully picked vineyards and enjoy the ease and convenience of round-trip hotel transportation from the city. This entertaining tour includes a gourmet picnic lunch catered by Perfect Picnic and a guide to answer questions throughout the day.
Long Island Wine Tour from Manhattan
Visit three different vineyards and sample wines from each
Thanks so much to our guide, Abby, and our driver, John, for a fun-and-sun filled day out in Long Island's wine country. Abby gets particularly high marks for keeping track of us but keeping it fun and making sure everyone enjoyed themselves. The people at the wineries - particularly Rafael and Lenz - were informative, friendly, and made us feel at home. Hard to go back to NYC after such a perfect day!
This is not a wine tour, it is a booze-up and a sales pitch. The reason I say this is because on a tour I expect to see and tour the vineyard, see the winery and winemaking facilities, maybe meet and talk to the winemaker/assistant and then finally taste the wines that have been produced. This is not what happens here, in this tour you arrive at the vineyard get taken to a room and given 3/4 wines that have already been poured 1st stop with a brief description of said wine then it is on to the shop... The second location served all the wines in the same glass although the wines were good, they also serve you a gourmet picnic lunch which we will get to shortly. The final location was nice and gave you a list of 5 wines which you could change for any of the wines they offer for an additional US8.
The lunch... This was hardly a gourmet picnic lunch, as one of my party members said where are the vol-au-vents? it was a mountain of turkey meat served in very thick semi-fresh bread with Lays Crisps. This is, at best, a poor example of a sandwich which frankly was not worth the price and had I known I would have bought my own.
The bus driver now there is a character. We started off with him looking at his phone and driving in two lanes to having to stop because the onboard computer had a warning light, which surely should have been dealt with prior to us departing. When we arrived at the North Fork the driver took the wrong road and needed to be told by the tour guide where to go. The driver then took a turn to a bridge with a 3-ton limit - it was a 5-ton bus. This was followed by a 45 point turn to head in the correct direction. When the tour guide pointed out the right vineyard the brakes were slammed on with an alarming ferocity so that the turn was not missed. Which was unnecessary as this was not the correct turn, that was the next one. On top of all this, he was doing 65Mph in a 45Mph zone.
The tour guide although a very nice man knew nothing at all about the wine.
So can I recommend this tour? If you want to get drunk and learn nothing about the wines or the region and you are 21 then go ahead. If you wish to actually learn anything about said wine, the region, the people - buy the Oxford Companion to Wine and stay at home reading it.
This is the first time taking the Viator wine day tour. It was a better experience based on the vineyard selection, some of our favorites. Jackie and John were awesome. Will definitely book again. Thank you!
We enjoyed our Long Island wine tour. The first location Raphael Vineyard and Winery was a beautiful stop - grounds are beautiful, our reception area was ready for us, wines poured and cheese platter set on tables. The hostess would have been easy to hear if she projected her voice better or used a microphone. The second location Lenz winery did not seem as prepared to host us. Wine pours had a long time between and not consistent in volume. Lunch was good, roll, turkey, avocado, lettuce, sprouts and shredded carrots with water. Our party was looking for it to be served sooner. We were given a voucher at our last stop, Osprey's Dominion, to get our pours inside or outside. We were able to enjoy a gorgeous day with a walk around the vineyard and enjoy a local band that was playing. Our host mingled well with the various groups. Although new to wine tours he adjusted well to what our group needed and kept us well informed. We have a enjoyable day with many photo opportunities. Tour was a good value.