Autumn—harvest season—is a great time to visit wineries. The North Fork's newest vineyard, Kontokosta Winery, is perched atop sweeping bluffs on 62 acres overlooking Long Island Sound in Greenport, making for amazing views. Kontokosta boasts a 9,000 square foot tasting room and winemaking facility housed in a modern interpretation of a nineteenth century New England barn. Exposed steel beams give an industrial flavor inside, while an open floor plan with floor to ceiling windows on two sides allows for unobstructed views of the Long Island Sound and acres of vines.
Brothers Michael and Constantine Kontokosta developed a winemaking philosophy that combines the latest technological innovations with centuries-old traditions. The first vines were planted in 2002 under the guidance of the late Long Island wine pioneer Ray Blum. The 23 acres include Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling. With its limited boutique production of 3,000 cases annually, the wines are only available for purchase at the winery. Master of oenology Gilles Martin, a consultant at Kontokosta, is noted for the birth of three well established wineries: Martha Clara, Marcari and Sherwood House.
Private tours are available by appointment, and include the garden, the vineyard, the cellar and the bluff; followed by a private tasting.
· Kontokosta Winery [Official site]