The 24 Best Wineries and Vineyards Near NYC That Are Well Worth the Trip

The West Coast may get the lion’s share of the glory when it comes to America’s wine regions but guess what: the East Coast (especially the Tri-State Area) can more than hold its own when it comes to vino. In fact, New York State alone has a long history of wine production and is even home to America’s oldest winery. From Finger Lakes to Cape May to New Haven, there are plenty of gorgeous vineyards to see and outstanding wines to try just a stone's throw away from the city. So the next time you’re in the mood to tour and taste grapes of the fermented variety, forget the pricey trip to Napa and instead head to one of these 24 wineries and vineyards near NYC. Cheers!


New York Wineries and Vineyards

1. Brotherhood Winery

  • Why We Love It: live music series; wide selection of reds, whites, rosé, sparkling and sangria
  • Distance from NYC: About 1 hour and 15 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: Yes with a limit of four guests when booking

We’d like to take a moment to thank visionary Jean Jaques, who bought land in 1810 and began planting grapes. By 1839, he had fermented the very first wine vintage in America. While many more wineries have popped up since, the Brotherhood is still a must for wine lovers. Check out their hand-excavated underground cellars, try out five of their popular wines and even enjoy live performances every weekend.

100 Brotherhood Plaza Dr., Washingtonville, NY

2. Standing Stone Wines

  • Why We Love It: overlooks Seneca Lake, known for Gewürztraminer variety, cultivates lesser-known varietals
  • Distance from NYC: About 4 hours and 40 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: Yes with a limit of four guests when booking

If you're in the Finger Lakes area (specifically Seneca Lake) for weekend getaway, head over to Standing Stone Wines. Reserve a table and try their extensive wine list while learning all about the production that dates back to the '70s.And while you're enjoying a nice glass, take in the gorgeous view of the vineyard that expands over 46 acres and overlooks the lake.

9934 Rte. 414, Hector, NY

3. Hudson-Chatham Winery

  • Why We Love It: curated tasting experiences, good for groups, walk-ins welcome
  • Distance from NYC: About 2 hours and 35 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: Yes (but parties over six guests need to be booked via phone)

This Hudson Valley mainstay’s list of accolades is too long to get into here, but trust us, you’ll love the wine as much as you love the sun-drenched tasting room.Since it was originally a dairy farm, don't be afraid to pair your wine with the in-house line of artisanal cheeses, jams and sauces, made in collaboration with local farmers. (Blood-orange cheese drizzle, where have you been all our lives?)

1900 State Rte. 66, Ghent, NY

4. Bashakill Vineyards

  • Why We Love It: live music, food and drinks on the weekend; walk-ins welcome (no reservations); adults-only; try three or six wines free for the price of a $12 souvenir glass
  • Distance from NYC: 1 hour and 55 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: No

Looking for a fun thing to do this weekend? Visit Bashakill Vineyards. Whether you're there for the wine tasting (try three drinks for free and get a souvenir glass for $12) or the food (the seasonal and homemade dishes from the on-site chef are exceptional), or just looking to getaway from the bustling city, here's a full experience worth exploring. Plus, it’s also dog-friendly so your doggo can enjoy in on the fun too.

1131 South Rd., Wurtsboro, NY

5. Benmarl Winery

  • Why We Love It: summer sangria festival, annual barrel tasting, takes reservations
  • Distance from NYC: 1 hour and 50 minutes by car
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Known as the oldest vineyard in America, Benmarl Winery continues to be a staple in Malboro. Grab a tour, sip some of their wines and take in the views of their 37-acre state with an impressive shot of the Hudson River Valley. And if you're lucky, they just might be making some pizza in their wood fired oven (so call ahead to find out).

156 Highland Avenue, Malboro, NY

6. Millbrook Vineyards & Winery

  • Why We Love It: Catskill Mountains views, loved by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, walk-ins welcome, tours available, seasonal weekend food trucks
  • Distance from NYC: 2 hour and 30 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: Yes (but walk-ins are allowed for wine tastings on a first come, first serve basis)

Owner John Dyson’s interest in wine started when he tried to impress a date with a jug of the stuff and enrolled in a wine course, but then grew to a full-fledge winery for everyone to enjoy. Since 1998, you can enjoy outdoor and indoor guided wine tastings, tours of 30 acres and relaxing in the picnic area (or terrace seating) overlooking the Catskills Mountains. Plus, if you're stopping by on Fridays, enjoy Friday Night Food Trucks, where you can enjoy local food, tap wine and fun lawn games for the whole family.

26 Wing Rd, Millbrook, NY

7. Rooftop Reds

  • Why We Love It: seasonal pizza and wine movie nights, rooftop views, offsite tastings available
  • Distance from NYC: 40 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: Yes

While we have a few notable wineries in the city, the so-called concrete jungle isn’t exactly conducive to a proper vineyard. Fortunately, the Rooftop Reds founders were up for the challenge, opening the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard (and trust us, the space has a lot to offer). Grab your friends and enjoy a glass while taking in the views of the bustling city, or for a more hands-on experience, join a wine tasting, participate in one of their nightly yoga classes or catch a movie overlooking the Empire State building.

299 Sands St. Bldg. 275, Brooklyn, NY

8. Croteaux Vineyards

  • Why We Love It: specializes in rosé, tasting garden, Condé Nast Traveler favorite
  • Distance from NYC: 3 hours and 15 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: Yes

This Instagram-perfect vineyard, with its charming cobblestoned back patio and intricately designed bottles, can appropriately be summed up in a certain three-word hashtag:#roséallday. It’s the only vineyard in America dedicated exclusively to the pink stuff (and we're here for it). During the spring and summer, the tasting garden is particularly breathtaking as you're surrounded by a colorful and vibrant backdrop.

1450 S. Harbor Rd., Southold, NY

9. Wölffer Estate

  • Why We Love It: cider, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages available, seasonal Yoga in the Vines events
  • Distance from NYC: 3 hours and 10 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: Yes with a limit of eight guests when booking

Head over to the Hamptons to this 30-year estate where you can try wine, spirits and ciders. They offer four unique experiences that feature the tasting room, a tour and so much more. For example, the Taste of the Season lets you try different wines with a few festive bites by their in-house chefs. A wine expert will guide you through the tasting while teaching you the ways their award-winning drinks have been made. And if you want to skip the tour and tasting, come by for Sunset Fridays and Saturdays where no reservations are needed. Just order a glass of wine, grab a bite and enjoy live music.

139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack, NY

10. Bedell Cellars

  • Why We Love It: walk-ins welcome, great for groups up to 15 people, sustainable farming commitment, Wine Spectator calls it a “grand vin” of New York
  • Distance from NYC: 3 hours by car
  • Reservation needed: No

This family-run winery owes its high-quality wines to sustainable farming methods and a small-batch process. While you won’t want to leave the sunny outdoor pavilion, we insist you step inside the restored barn to peep the owner’s contemporary art collection. And if you're stopping by on a Sunday enjoy live music from local artists.

36225 Main Rd., Cutchogue, NY

11. Warwick Valley Winery

  • Why We Love It: seasonal weekend live music, also offer ciders and spirits, on-site café with seasonal offerings
  • Distance from NYC: 1 hour and 55 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: No

The Hudson Valley is home to many wineries and vineyards but nothing beats Warwick Valley Winery. They started out growing apples, and have grown to providing wines, spirits and ciders (including New York's Original Cider). While you're browsing through their impressive drink collection, enjoy food straight from local farmers (like oven-ready pizza). And you can experience the winery all year long with apple-picking in the fall and musical festivals (including tribute concerts) in their outdoor stage in the summer.

114 Little York Rd, Warwick, NY

12. Macari Vineyards

  • Why We Love It: wine bar, memberships available, seasonal events
  • Distance from NYC: 2 hour and 40 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: Yes

This family-owned vineyard is a Long Island gem. Pick one of the experiences they offer to learn all about their wines while exploring the 500-acre space. Check out the Summer Tasting, where you can sample three wines, a cheese selection and a personal charcuterie board for each guest.

150 Bergen Avenue, Mattituck, NY

New Jersey Wineries and Vineyards

13. Willow Creek Farm & Winery

  • Why We Love It: open year-round, full grill and charcuterie menu
  • Distance from NYC: 3 hours by car
  • Reservation needed: Yes

Cape May is already a hot spot for beaches, resorts and entertainment. It's no surprise they have a farm and winery to add to the list of fun things to do. Indulge in their group wine tasting (exploring five favorites), a tour via an electric cart to learn about the 50-acre farm or stop by Fire Pit Fridays for drinks, farm-fresh food and live music.

160-168 Stevens St., West Cape May, NJ

14. Old York Cellars

  • Why We Love It: wine and comedy shows, food pairing experiences, pet-friendly
  • Distance from NYC: 1 hour and 15 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: Yes but limited to six guests when booking

Just an hour away from the city, Old York Cellars has all the activities you're looking for in a winery. Enjoy a nice glass of wine in a cabana or reserve your spot in the open acres with the family. If you're looking to enhance your wine tasting skills, add in the Wine, Charcuterie & Chocolate experience where you can pair award-winning wine with meats, cheeses and delicious chocolate truffles. Or, choose the Chef Jose's Wine and Tapas Experience where you try some wine and fresh Spanish tapas (because wine pairs well with more than just meat and cheese).

80 York Rd., Ringoes, NJ

15. Beneduce Vineyards

  • Why We Love It: sustainably farmed, small-batch wines, family-friendly Sunday picnics with live music and food trucks
  • Distance from NYC: 1 hour and 10 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: Yes but open to walk-ins on a limited basis

This NJ vineyard is where you'll find the finest wines in the state, but it’s really the events that have us trekking away from the Big Apple. Every weekend, join "Group Therapy" where there are live performances, local food trucks and fun lawn games. Whether you're relaxing on the lawn or want a peaceful moment with your wine at their crush pad, the whole fam can join a weekend of bliss.

1 Jeremiah Lane, Pittstown, NJ

16. Hawk Haven Vineyard

  • Why We Love It: specialties include white Port-style wine, Méthode Champenoise Brut and Méthode Ancestrale sparkling wines; seasonal live music and food events
  • Distance from NYC: 2 hours and 35 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: Yes with a limit of eight guests when booking

There's always something fun happening at the Hawk Haven Vineyard. Since opening its doors in 2008, it has delivered a variety wines and activities, plus a healthy dose of local pride. Daily you'll find an event for the wine lover, foodie or music aficionado. In particular, The Rootstock concert series bridges all those together every weekend with local musicians, ever-changing food trucks (and their priceless wines of course) and exclusively to adults only (so leave the kiddos at home). But if you're looking to mellow out reserve a spot to learn all about the vineyard, wine selection and local farm.

600 South Railroad Avenue, Rio Grande, NJ

17. Tomasello Winery

  • Why We Love It: 10 locations throughout the state, opera galas, seasonal events
  • Distance from NYC: 45 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: Yes

FYI, this is not your average winery. Yes, you can head to the Hammonton area to check out their vineyard but why limit yourself to one spot in the Garden State? If you’re interested in trying one of their 50+ wines, their tasting room is scattered across ten locations in the state. Once you head over to one, there you can choose from their signature (which has five samplings) or Riedel (which has eight samplings and a souvenir glass) tastings. How would it be visit all ten, we wonder?

Various locations, see website for more information

new york vineyards: laurita winery
Laurita Winery/Facebook

18. Laurita Winery

  • Why We Love It: food truck season pass available, seasonal food and entertainment events
  • Distance from NYC: 1 hour and 30 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: Yes

Come for the wine (and their signature sangria) and stay for all the fun events happening on the weekends. On Fridays, stop by for Fridays at the Grove, order from Laurita's Eats (we’re fans of the turkey club or steak melt) and hang out for a while. Or show off your cornhole skills at a friendly competition game where you can win big prizes (like a $200 cash card). And if you're in a dancing mood, grab tickets to an 80s-themed dance party because why not?

85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ

Connecticut Wineries and Vineyards

19. Jones Family Farms & Winery

  • Why We Love It: light food menu, emphasis on seasonal ingredients, offers seven different vintages
  • Distance from NYC: 1 hour and 55 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: Yes (but walk-ins are allowed)

Grab your friends and head over to this Connecticut winery. Join a weekend wine tasting and you just might get live music while you're taking a sip. And once you're all done, continue your trip to the 400-acre farm where you can hand-pick strawberries and blueberries (or pumpkins in the fall).

606 Walnut Tree Hill Rd., Shelton, CT

new york vineyards: white silo winery Connecticut
White Silo Farms & Winery/Facebook

20. White Silo Farms & Winery

  • Why We Love It: small-batch wines, picnic baskets available, seasonal farm festivals
  • Distance from NYC: 1 hour and 45 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: Yes

There's no need to break the bank to enjoy high quality wine. The tasting room in White Silo Farms & Winery is only $10 and it includes four samplings (plus some sangria) and a souvenir glass. Then, take a tour and discover the dairy barn turned winery (where the wines are processed) and the breathtaking outdoor gardens. Plus, you don't want to miss out on all the activities they offer—from art exhibitions to yoga in the vineyard.

32 Rt. 37 East, Sherman, CT

21. Bishop's Orchards Farm & Winery

  • Why We Love It: house-made fruit wines and hard ciders, seasonal events, family-friendly
  • Distance from NYC: 2 hours and 20 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: No

The award-winning winery (with 440 awards) is a must-see spot in Guilford area. Why? For its wide selection of wine and hard ciders. You don't have to wait until the weekend to try a wine tasting (so, wine Wednesday anyone?). Take in a tour or finish off with a look at the Bishop's Orchards Farm. There you'll find a market, homemade ice cream and a chance to pick some blueberries and peaches.

1355 Boston Rd., Guilford, CT

22. Hopkin’s Vineyard

  • Why We Love It: wine bar; specializes in dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling wines; seasonal live music
  • Distance from NYC: 2 hours and 10 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: No

For over 225 years, the Hopkin's family has turned this vineyard into a Connecticut staple. Explore all the wine selections (in the state's first established wine bar) and admire the 19th century aesthetic. When you're finished learning about ingredients and the best food pairings, make time to view Lake Waramaug in the background.

25 Hopkins Rd., New Preston, CT

23. Paradise Hills Vineyard

  • Why We Love It: book clubs, classes, live music
  • Distance from NYC: 2 hours and 25 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: No

While they're not offering wine tasting due to COVID, you can still explore and have fun at Paradise Hills. Order a glass and take in the musical performances on the weekend. Plus, the outdoor patio provides a stunning look at the vineyard and the hills along the George Washington trail.

15 Windswept Hill Rd, Wallingford, CT

24. Jonathan Edwards Winery

  • Why We Love It: winery tours, summer music concert series, seasonal food events
  • Distance from NYC: 3 hours and 20 minutes by car
  • Reservation needed: No

Step into the New Haven area for Jonathan Edwards Winery. The family-owned business offers wine tasting that includes five samplings daily. While their tours have been halted, you can still check in for any festivals, concerts and more. Plus, the space alone (featuring stone patios, large barn doors and a front-row seat of the sunset) is enough to make the trip.

74 Chester Maine Rd., N. Stonigton, CT

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