When people come to New York, they forget that their trip doesn’t need to be confined within the 5 boroughs. The state of New York is beautiful and filled with amazing adventures. I explored the North Fork of Long Island, known for the countless vineyards and wineries, like Macari Vineyards!
Since I’m a huge wine lover and I decided to take you on a journey with me, to one of my favorite wineries, Macari Vineyards. This gorgeous family-owned, family-operated vineyard and winery is located just 1.5 – 2h from Manhattan and the trip itself is a beauty.
Based on the North Fork in the Long Island region, it’s known for being the home to countless great wineries spread throughout these lands.
I met with gorgeous Gabriella Macari at the winery and had not only a great tasting experience with her, but was given a complete tour of the property. And I mean, WOW! I was truly amazed with what the Macari family has built and the memorable experiences they are offering their guests.
So, let’s start from the beginning! Oh! And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel!!!
Their story goes way back to the 1930’s, 40’s when her grandfather, Joseph T. Macari Sr. started producing wine in his basement located in Corona, Queens – with his dad and granddad.
Several years go by, business starts flourishing and in the 1960’s they decide to purchase a 500-acre property in Long Island – the same land they are currently on. This old potato farm took quite a few years to regenerate and go back to becoming super fertile.
But, after that happened, and they were able to start producing wine, business took off and never stopped!
Now, what to expect when you arrive at Macari Vineyards?
The first glance at the property is already breathtaking. Everything is impeccable, to the smallest detail. Inside the main house, you’ll find the store with their numerous wines and different bottle sizes. There, you are also able to do some wine tasting, before deciding on which bottle to actually purchase and take home with you.
This house has a huge and beautiful porch. The perfect place to continue your tasting with a great prime view of the winery. It’s the perfect start to your experience at Macari Vineyards.
After you’ve tasted their wines and paired them with a few yummy appetizers – like a great cheese and charcuterie platter – you can explore and tour the property. And, of course, continue your tasting.
Gabriella told us that, just recently, they launched a beautiful private barrel cellar. It’s a place to learn, taste and celebrate. Plus, it’s the perfect spot to host your own private event with your lovely family and friends.
In an effort to promote wine education in an intimate winemaking environment, the Macari family is thrilled to launch a private barrel cellar tucked under the Mattituck tasting room. Check the events calendar to join the Macari team for private, educational tastings. Rent the cellar for your next private party or inquire about hosting an educational wine tasting. Looking to book a corporate event or plan a proposal? Fill out the form below, we’ll be in touch with more details.
Now, if you’re a true wine lover and expert, you might want to consider becoming part of their exclusive Wine Club!
You can sign up for quarterly shipping of 4 or 6 bottles, or be part of the collector’s club, receiving 12 bottles.
Join the Macari family, become a part of our exclusive Wine Club. Membership includes quarterly shipments delivered in spring, summer, fall, and winter accompanied by detailed tasting notes. Gain access through membership to small production wines, pre-released wines, and limited library vintages. Additional perks include complimentary tastings, private tours, and member only discounts. A Macari Wine Club membership also makes a great gift! Sign up below or email us for more information.
Finally, if you can’t head up there now, you can start by purchasing their wine online.
A few other important infos before your visit:
- Mattituck Tasting Room is open daily, year round for wine tastings
- Several tasting flights and wines by the glass or bottle
- No Outside food
- Reservations for parties of less than six guests are not required but recommended
- For groups of 6 – 12 guests advance reservations and payment of wine tastings are required
- Led by a Macari Wine Educator, guests will receive a tasting of 5-featured wines at $30 per person
- Changes or cancellations must be made five days prior to your scheduled visit
- No refunds will be issued after the five-day cancellation window
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Monday – Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Location: 150 Bergen Avenue, Mattituck
Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!