East End to celebrate 50 years of making wine on Long Island’s North Fork

East End to celebrate 50 years of making wine on Long Island’s North Fork

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Long Island’s North Fork being used for wine-making.
In 1973, Louisa and Alex Hargrave thought the farmland in the area would be a good place to make wine. Their experiment paid off, leading to a multimillion- dollar industry.
Russ McCall, owner of a wine tasting room in Cutchogue, says there were growing pains of the local wine industry but now East End wines stand up against any in the world.
To celebrate 50 years of making wine on the East End, a huge event open to the public will take place on Aug. 19 at Peconic Bay Vineyards in Cutchogue.
Long Island Wine Council president Kareem Massoud, of Paumanok Vineyards, says there is going to be a big tent with dozens of different wines served.
Mike Falcetta, of Sparkling Pointe Vineyards, says the vineyard practices are getting better and better.
“When we’re farming good fruit, we’re going to make good wine, and this is our opportunity to show it,” Falcetta says.
For tickets to the celebration, click here.