You already know that the Hamptons are flush with revered restaurants and cheap eats. But libations in the East End are no afterthought: From award-winning wineries to top-notch breweries to the emerging craft spirits scene, the region has tasting rooms for every type of drinker. Bottoms up.
BAITING HOLLOW FARM VINEYARD
We know it’s not in the Hamptons, but Baiting Hollow Farm is worth the visit. Sip on award-winning vintages of Chardonnay, red blends, rosé and a sweet dessert wine and then walk around the back and say hello to the horses. The vineyard doubles as a horse haven that guests of all ages can enjoy.
2114 Sound Ave., Calverton; 631-369-0100 or baitinghollowfarmvineyard.com
Start getting excited for fall with a hard cider tasting. The Aquebogue location of Woodside Orchards—aka one of our favorite spots to go apple picking in October—has a tasting room that’s open year-round. The family-run farm, which has been growing apples since the ’80s, makes traditional, sweet and seasonal flavors (like apple-raspberry)—and all of them are available in to-go growlers, of course.
729 Main Rd. (Rt. 25), Aquebogue; 631-722-5770 or woodsideorchards.com
DUCK WALK SOUTH
Spend an afternoon in the French countryside by way of Water Mill. The south location of one of Long Island’s most well-known vineyards features a chateau-style tasting room and breathtaking views.
231 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill; 631-726-7555 or duckwalk.com
If the come-as-you-are motto doesn’t give you a hint to the laid-back vibe of Montauk Brewery, the welcoming outdoor picnic area will. The brewery—which celebrated its fifth anniversary this summer—offers seven varieties of beer, including a seasonal watermelon session ale that has just the right amount of sweetness.
62 S. Erie Ave., Montauk; 631-668-8471 or montaukbrewingco.com
Wölffer Estate Vineyard
Confession time: We may have snuck a few bottles of Wölffer’s cider onto the beach once or twice (they’re the perfect size). For the full experience, though, Wölffer Estate Vineyard’s newly renovated tasting room, with its high ceilings, row of windows and terrace just steps from the vines, is a dreamy place to spend an afternoon.
139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack; 631-537-5106 or wolffer.com
LONG ISLAND SPIRITS
You can’t get much more farm-to-glass than Long Island Spirits: The ten-year-old distillery and tasting room is surrounded by acres of potatoes that get turned into spirits like artisan vodka and fruit-infused sorbetta. The rustic tasting rooms does flights of gin, bourbon, whiskey and vodka as well as craft cocktails.
2182 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow; 631-630-9322 or lispirits.com
CHANNING DAUGHTERS WINERY
This small, charming winery in Bridgehampton offers six different types of wine for tastings daily, including orange and sparkling wines. It can get crowded, and groups of six or more need a reservation, but if you can manage to sneak away on a weekday afternoon you’ll have the place almost completely to yourself.
927 Scuttle Hole Rd., Bridgehampton; 631-537-7224 or channingdaughters.com