It can be easy to forget just how many wineries there are here on Long Island. A quick moment on Google reveals that there are literally dozens of wineries (or at least wine brands) on the East End.

And yet, even the region’s biggest fans—people who hit the wine trail multiple times a month—will discover their favorites over time and eventually find themselves visiting a certain handful of wineries more than the others. I’m guilty of this myself, though in my defense it’s mostly because I usually have my kids with me and not every tasting room that has wines I love is ideal for families.

The local, regional and even national wine media is guilty of this too. There aren’t that many Long Island wineries getting consistent media coverage. Part of that is the lack of organized regional marketing, but it’s also laziness. A lot of writers who visit the area only for a day or two tend to visit the ones that they’ve already read about elsewhere. It’s a disappointing cycle.

This story is meant to—I hope—break that cycle. Even if just a little bit.

Here are five wineries where you can find great wine that maybe you wouldn’t expect, or maybe you just haven’t heard about yet.

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About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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