Wine's harvest season may mean a sun-drenched Napa for some, but New
York state has its own world of wine to offer, with Long Island leading
the way for the region's oenophiles.
Wine has been happening on Long Island over the last 10 to 15 years, but only within the last couple of years has there been a huge winery boom in the North Fork, says David Hamburger, the director of special events at New York City's oldest wine retailer, Acker Merrall & Condit.
"Property values [there] are now extremely high, in part because the wine industry is starting to boom there. It has become a destination."
As the region produces more quality bottles, local wine-based tourism is picking up steam as well.
Most recently, luxury vacation outfit Atlantic Stars offered travelers the chance to sail the Atlantic on board the Arabella for its first-ever Long Island Wine Tasting Cruise.
"We're always looking to do something different for our clients because we receive so much repeat business," says Bob Spagnolo, the Arabella's general director, adding that accolades for the area's wines have made it an attractive destination for his upscale clientele.
Old World Meets NewGenerally speaking, for wine there is the old world -- France, Italy, Germany and other places in Europe -- and the new world -- California, Australia, South Africa and South America.
"Basically the new world takes ideas from the old world but focuses on real fruit characteristics and produces very big fruit-forward wines," says Hamburger.
He adds that the old world is about geographic distinction, with different grape varieties produced in specific regions.
For example, Bordeaux, in France, essentially produces a lot of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc.
Those grapes have been grown in this specific part of the country for many years because they have an affinity to the local growing conditions.
"Long Island took those grape varieties and found that they have a similar affinity to the area because of the climate and the soil," Hamburger explains.