Beaches & Wine- Raphael Vineyard, Long Island
The perfect North Fork Long Island trip needs to include two things- 1) beaches and 2) vineyards. With temperatures hovering around the upper 60's this holiday season, who says you can only enjoy these two in the Summer?!
What we love about this park is the diverse terrain and scenery. Just a few steps away from the beach, you'll find long, winding trails through the woods. The trails are clearly marked with many intersecting routes, which are also ideal for mountain biking. Wildwood has campsites available for fun weekend getaways with family and friends too.
Following our outdoor adventure, we headed to one of Long Island's most picturesque vineyards, Raphael Vineyard and Winery. Located in North Fork's Peconic area, Raphael exudes excellence from the second you walk in.
As a family-owned establishment in existence since 1996, the grapes are harvested by hand to create their renowned wine selection. Unlike other vineyards in the area, Raphael's wine-making process includes a Marzola basket press which is boosted to produce higher quality pressed wine. And we can speak to this after having sampled several from their selection. We especially loved their not-so-sweet Riesling as well as the 2014 First Label Merlot, and the Cabernet Franc. Typically not a fan of dessert wines, I was quite surprised by how much I liked the Portica wine too.
Aside from the wine, Raphael is a perfect location for weddings and other memorable events. With its Tuscany-like appearance and veranda overlooking the vineyard's acres, I could list 20 more reasons why anyone should share their special moments at Raphael Vineyard and Winery. After such a great experience, we cannot wait to come back again for our next visit and glass of wine!
|Matt & Kristy with some of the awesome people of Raphael Vineyard|
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Kristy Albano & Matt Pickering