Grape Adventures: The Best East Coast Wineries

Let’s Raise a Glass! A Fun Wine Tasting Adventure Awaits!
Grape Adventures: The Best East Coast Wineries. Amazing Destinations, "We Take You There!"
The Best East Coast Wineries. Amazing Destinations, “We Take You There!”

Calling all wine lovers and adventure seekers. If you’re looking for the ultimate summer must-do, look no further than a visit to some of the best East Coast wineries. From the picturesque Long Island wineries to the charming Hudson Valley vineyards, there are endless opportunities to sip, savor, and explore. Indulge in the scenic beauty of the vineyards, taste award-winning wines, and enjoy summer events and group tours that will make your visit unforgettable. Get ready to learn and elevate your wine-tasting experience with our guide our top East Coast wineries!

  1. The Origins Of Wine Making
  2. Cheers: Must-Visit Wineries Along the East Coast
  3. Activities and Events at East Coast Wineries
  4. Time to Plan Your East Coast Wine Tasting Tour!

1. The Origins of Winemaking
Grape Adventures: The Best East Coast Wineries. Amazing Destinations, "We Take You There!"
Tbilisi Wine Museum, Georgia. Some of the jars feature a grape motif around the rim.

The origins of winemaking date back to 8,000 years ago in present-day Georgia, a country at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. As the birthplace of winemaking, Georgia boasts over 500 indigenous grape varieties, representing roughly one-sixth of the world’s total. Its vineyards include endangered vines found nowhere else on earth.

In the Fertile Crescent, spanning Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Iran, humans transitioned from hunting and gathering to farming and settlements during Neolithic times. They learned to domesticate plants and animals, developed crafts like pottery and weaving, and made polished stone tools. They also began cultivating grapes, enhancing their yield and quality. The grape vine from this region is the ancestor of over 10,000 wine grapes used today.

The discovery of ancient wine jars in Georgia highlights the country’s rich winemaking heritage. The many indigenous grape varieties suggest a long history of grape cultivation and crossbreeding. This enduring tradition reflects Georgia’s cultural heritage and innovation, showcasing their commitment to evolving and enhancing this ancient craft.

The ancient Georgian traditional Qvevri wine-making method – The Qvevri is an egg-shaped earthenware vessel used for making, aging, and storing wine. In the wine-making process, grapes are pressed, and the juice, along with grape skins, stalks, and pips, is poured into the Qvevri. This vessel is then sealed and buried in the ground, allowing the wine to ferment for five to six months before it is ready to be enjoyed.

2. Cheers: Must-Visit Wineries Along the East Coast
Grape Adventures: The Best East Coast Wineries. Amazing Destinations, "We Take You There!"
Get ready to uncover some hidden treasures as you journey through the lesser-known wineries along the East Coast.

These gems offer a unique charm and exceptional wines that are sure to delight even the most discerning wine connoisseur. From quaint family-owned vineyards to innovative boutique wineries, the East Coast is a playground for exploration and discovery. Embrace the opportunity to taste exquisite vintages, soak in picturesque vineyard views, and create lasting memories with each glass raised in celebration. Make your East Coast wine tour an unforgettable experience by venturing off the beaten path and toasting to the joys of uncovering new favorites. Cheers to the wonder of exploration and the thrill of finding your new go-to winery!

Duck Walk Vineyards – Duck Walk Vineyards spans 140 scenic acres and produces 5,000 cases of wine annually. Their wines, recognized for excellence in national competitions, include Vidal Ice Wine, made from grapes frozen on the vine, Blueberry Port from wild Maine blueberries, and unique Pinot Meunier. They strive to create distinctive and exceptional wines. They remain a family business, ensuring a personal touch in every detail.

Harbes Vineyards – The Harbes family has farmed for 13 generations, starting in Western Europe and relocating to Long Island in the 1920s. Originally farming in Hempstead, they moved to Long Island’s rural North Fork in the 1960s after the Long Island Expressway was built through their farm. Since then, they have continued farming in Mattituck, bringing their agricultural heritage to new, fertile soils.

Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards – Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards grows 90 acres of vinifera grapes under the watchful eye of the soaring Osprey. Their location, at the same latitude as France’s great wine regions, is ideal. Being surrounded yet sheltered by Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay, combined with our complex soil, significantly enhances their grape quality and wine character.

Palmer Vineyards – In 1983, Robert Palmer envisioned a thriving vineyard on Long Island’s North Fork. Today, Palmer Vineyards, now owned by the Massoud Family, is a well-known estate winery. The vineyard and its wines have received numerous accolades, reflecting Palmer’s commitment to quality. “I have to set the standards high,” said Bob, “my name is on every bottle.”

Pellegrini Vineyards – Bob and Joyce Pellegrini were pioneers in Long Island’s wine community. In 1991, they purchased their vineyard and built a 14,000-square-foot winery. The winery features a striking two-story tasting room, a trellised walkway, and a modern production facility. Visitors can watch the winemaking process and enjoy a private tasting area with panoramic views. This facility combines modern winemaking technology with Old World traditions.

Pindar Vineyards – The family-run Pindar Vineyards produces a wide variety of wines, from bold red blends to steel-fermented whites. They pride themselves on offering personal, first-class service to their guests. Their goal is to help everyone find a favorite wine. Family, inspiration, tradition, and innovation define Pindar Vineyards, creating a unique and welcoming experience for all.

Hudson Valley Locations:

Brotherhood Winery – The true history of Brotherhood Winery has confused many people for years. Is it really the oldest winery in the United States? In “The Story of Brotherhood,” Robert Bedford clarifies this and explores the winery’s remarkable past. The book celebrates nearly 175 years of captivating history, honoring the owners and stakeholders who ensured the winery’s longevity through loyalty, perseverance, innovation, and imagination. In 2000, Brotherhood Winery was designated a historic landmark and added to the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Millbrook Vineyards & Winery – Millbrook Vineyards & Winery was the first vineyard in the Hudson River Region dedicated to vinifera grapes. Its founding principles are viticulture, innovation, and excellence in winemaking. The vineyard spans 30 acres, growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Tocai Friulano. The winery opened for tours and tastings in 1988 and now produces 10-15,000 cases of wine annually. We’ve received recognition from prestigious publications such as Wine Spectator, The New York Times, and Bon Appetit Magazine.

Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery – In 1990, Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery began growing apple trees. Today, they have one of the East Coast’s most diverse pick-your-own orchards, with over 65 apple varieties. In 1995, they hosted their first Bob Dylan Tribute Festival, leading to live music every weekend and multiple yearly festivals. By 2001, they became New York’s first craft distillery since Prohibition, making fruit brandies, liqueurs, and cordials under the name American Fruits. In 2012, they built the largest craft distillery on the East Coast, Black Dirt Distillery. Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery has a fanatical obsession with horticulture, culinary arts, spirits, wine, cider, apples, music, and fun. After nearly 30 years on this farm, they remain a close-knit group of family and friends, grateful for their loyal customers who return year after year.

City Winery – Step into urban wine country with City Winery. Each location blends the warmth of wine country with modern comfort and convenience. City Winery New York in Hudson River Park is one of Manhattan’s largest dining spaces, boasting over 32,000 square feet. The main room’s soaring ceilings create an open-air feel, and breathtaking views of the Hudson River and Barry Diller’s Little Island enhance the magical atmosphere. Additionally, a scenic riverfront patio offers outdoor dining. They believe in giving back and caring for the world by leveraging their resources for philanthropy, including space, wine, human capital, and energy.

3. Activities and Events at East Coast Wineries
Grape Adventures: The Best East Coast Wineries. Amazing Destinations, "We Take You There!"
Find live music and entertainment for every taste.

Dive deeper into the enchanting world of East Coast wineries by immersing yourself in the exciting array of activities and events they have to offer. From wine tastings under the stars to grape stomping festivals bursting with energy, there is never a dull moment at these picturesque destinations. Find live music and entertainment for every taste. From live bands to stand up comedy. Unleash your inner sommelier with guided wine pairing sessions or unwind with a leisurely vineyard picnic surrounded by breathtaking views. Contact Amazing Destinations for more details about the latest events at each Vineyard.

4. Time to Plan Your East Coast Wine Tasting Tour
Grape Adventures: The Best East Coast Wineries. Amazing Destinations, "We Take You There!"
The Best East Coast Wineries. Amazing Destinations, “We Take You There!”

Now that you’re excited about East Coast wineries, it’s time to plan your unforgettable wine tasting tour! Gather your fellow enthusiasts, and get ready for a journey filled with laughter, good company, and great wine. Explore diverse landscapes, unique flavors, and warm hospitality. Get your calendars out, and let’s start planning!

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Amazing Destinations is the best. They work with you in all ways possible to make sure you have a great trip. They have top of the line buses n driversÉ After working with Cathy n Steve you will have gained new friends besides. K. Giannone St. Adalbert

- K. Giannone


We finally went on our Group Bus trip to Sight & Sound Theater to see Queen Esther this past weekend, we had cancelled this trip due to Covid and our church group of 37 were extremely excited to get back on the road and Amazing Destinations came through for us. Amazing Destinations had every COVID-19 measure in place to ensure a safe experience from the time the Bus arrived to restaurant and theater. B. Simpson First Baptist Church

- B. Simpson


Our family of 28 total passengers wanted to get out and travelÉ we called Amazing Destinations and they put together a fabulous day trip for usÉ Hand sanitizer was available for all of us. We felt extremely safe on the busÉ I will continue to use Amazing Destinations for all future travel plans. Thanks to Cathy you are amazing. M. Jones Custom Family Tour

- M. Jones


Cathy, Hi Cathy! I just wanted to thank you Ð we had a great trip! Students and teachers all had a blast. On another note, I wanted to say how happy I was in particular with the bus company, especially my driver Benitio. I have an infant at home that I am breast feeding. He gave me full range of his busÉ and was very accommodating. We will talk next year! Thank you! T. Johnson Assistant Principal

- T. Johnson


Good morning, Thank you again for another wonderful trip. Everything was flawless as always and everyone had a great time. Looking forward to more trips in the future. D. Stewart St. Paul's Community Church

- D. Stewart


Hello Cathy,É Thank you again for booking us to see Moses, all our guests were very pleased. So now we want to see DanielÉÓ Destination: Sight & Sound Theatre H. Smith Church of the New Vision

- H. Smith


Good afternoon, The trip was planned perfectly as far as timing and logistics were concerned. The activities were great and kept the attention of the students. Plenty to eat for all and some fun with the educational aspect, we greatly appreciated the organization from your company and look forward to the other trips we have booked with you! Sybil Harry S. Truman H.S.

- Sybil


Hi Steve, The restaurant was nicely set up and they were ready for us even though we were a little early... Kudos to the bus driver, Jesse. His service to our seniors was excellent. The play was great so much so, that one of the stars came on board our bus before we left to thank us for coming and how much they enjoyed our being there. Looking forward to our trip in September! Ruth 55+ Club

- Ruth


Cathy, The kids had a great time and it was a good experience for all. The drivers were efficient and very kind to the kids. They were always on schedule and very safe. The school is very happy and we are already talking about Boston in the fall. A. Murry Bergtraum H.S.

- A. Murry


On behalf of the seniors from Fred Samuel Resident Association, Inc and the Upper Harlem seniors, Ôthank youÕ for a glorious trip. We were most impressed with the bus ride there and back (with Abraham our driver) and the service that you provided us throughout the contract and beyond. We look forward to working with you again next year.Ó D. Blackwell Fred Samuel Resident Association, Inc.

- D. Blackwell


Good afternoon Cathy, Our group had such an amazing time. Thank you so much for such a smooth, fun trip. We will definitely be using Amazing Destinations in the near future.Ó J. Garcia Selfhelp Community Services

- J. Garcia


Good Afternoon, I want to take time to say Thank You for all you have done for myself and the Seniors here at Highbridge Garden Senior Center. We had a great summer and I hope things will continue. Steve And Cathy you guys are the best!Ó N. Smith Highbridge Garden Senior Center

- N. Smith


On time and on schedule

- Kevin O’Keefe


Timely and professional service!!

- Jennifer Mitchener


Hi Cathy! I just wanted to thank you - we had a great trip! Students and teachers all had a blast. On another note I wanted to say how happy I was, in particular, with the bus company especially my driver Benitio. I have an infant at home that I am breast feeding. He gave me full range of his bus so that I could pump. He took his stuff and napped on one of the other guy's busses, showed me how to work the door and was very accommodating. We will talk next year! Thank you! T. Johnson

- D. Boody


Dear Steve and Cathy, Before I begin my day here, I just had to take a moment to thank you for a LOVELY Trip. The buses were absolutely Gorgeous, the food on the boat was somewhat better than last year, the music was so much better, we danced and danced. Everyone complimented me on this trip even when I went to church yesterday. I really enjoyed this this year, and I am certain they will talk me into doing this again next year, but we must have the SAME BUSES. Thank you both for making this trip a TOTAL SUCCESS, can’t wait to plan our next adventure. Diana

- Diana


Cathy, Marie is elated at how well everything went! We had a great time and everything worked out perfectly. The bus driver and tour guide were fabulous. We are looking forward to our next trip in October. Thank you so very much. Beth

- Beth


Good morning Steve, Thanks for an excellent trip, not one problem. The bus and driver was top notch. The driver was one of the best I have encountered during my forty odd years of coach traveling. Four stars for Amazing Destinations! Thanks and have a great day. R. Scotto

- R. Scotto


Hi Cathy, Just an update of our trip to Holiday Hills. We had a ball and my seniors had a wonderful time, Our driver Henry was the best and we are requesting him for our September 17th trip to MT. Airy Casino. We already spoke to him and he said he would be more than happy to be our driver. Please see what you can do and I will remind you ahead of time. Again thank you for all your help with our trips. We still want to go to Villa Roma in December. Have a wonderful day. Thank you, D. Johnson

- D. Johnson


Hello Steve & Cathy, Hope all's well. Just a short note to thank you for all you've done to make our Lake George trip enjoyable. You are the best.....courteous, reliable, and accommodating. ...all in all, everything was great. Our driver Kevin was very nice. Again, thank you and we are certainly looking forward to doing more business with you next year. Best regards, C. Springer

- C. Springer


Hi Cathy hope all is well! Everyone had such a wonderful time yesterday during the Joseph trip. Now that we have finished with this trip, I would like to get information regarding the Samson show. Also, with the response being so great from this trip, I'm actually considering booking two buses if that's at all possible. Looking forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, Arianny

- Arianny


Good Afternoon, Just wanted to let you know...on behalf of my staff, students and parents...THANK YOU!! We had an INCREDIBLE TIME in Washington DC! The drivers were very respectful and courteous to all our needs. Our parents and students really enjoyed the food and hospitality at Golden Corral. Mr. Scott the tour guide, truly enhanced the experience of the tour with his knowledge and friendly nature. We must, must do it again! Next yea, we are thinking about touring Philadelphia! Once again, Thank You! R. Peay

- R. Peay


Good evening Steve and Kathy, I just wanted to say a very big 'Thank You'!!! Our trip was truly 'AMAZING'. From beginning to end the trip was awesome. Our driver, Mr Benito arrived on time and was perfect through out the trip. He drove with ease and got us to all of our destinations on time. The bus was perfect and everything we discussed was given to us. Our group had a beautiful time at the museum and the MLK memorial. Our tour guide Ms. Lynette was awesome. Her knowledge of Washington DC was phenomenal. As a first time trip planner you both helped me plan a trip that was just awesome. A great time was had by all. Even when we had a little 'bump in the road' you both made it your priority to contact me and the restaurant and speak on our group's behalf to solve the problem and to apologize for the restaurant's error. I really want to thank you both for that. Sincerely, D. Brewster

- D. Brewster


Hi Cathy & Steve, A great big 'Thank you' to both of you for working with me and organizing my weekend getaway to the Baltimore Crabfeast on July 29-30. We had a blast!!! From beginning to end, everything was wonderful. The bus, the hotel, the service. You guys rock. I definitely want to book the trip again for next year. As soon as you get your dates and rates for next year, please let me know so that I can start early. Thanks again. V. Proctor

- V. Proctor


Cathy, The kids had a great time and it was a good experience for all. The drivers were efficient and very kind to the kids. They were always on schedule and very safe. The school is very happy and we are already talking about Boston in the fall. Thank you very much! A. Pajares

- A. Pajares