South Fork Vineyards
DescriptionA number of vineyards are located on the South Fork of eastern Long Island.
See our "read more" for our review of several.
Having visited some of the North Fork Vineyards, we decided that equal time should be allotted to the South Fork. There are appreciably fewer vineyards on the South Fork than on the North. We stopped at two of them on our “East End day” in October.
Wolffer Estate Vineyards is a 55-acre winery located at 139 Sagg Road in Sagaponack. Drive into the parking lot, look ahead and to the right and you will find a hill leading to the handicapped parking area. If necessary, you can drive up the concrete driveway itself and drop a passenger off just at the outdoor stone deck, which leads to the indoor tasting room. Some of their operation can be seen through floor-to-ceiling windows in the tasting room itself. Single-occupancy, handicapped accessible restrooms are located off the tasting room. The large, beautiful, outdoor patio has heat lamps for cooler weather and a gorgeous view of the vineyards. We were told tours will happily accommodate wheelchair users “to the best of their ability.” Many events are hosted here. Check www.wolffer.com or call (631) 537-5105 for more information.
Out next stop was Duck Walk Vineyards, 231 Montauk Highway (Route 27), Water Mill, NY. Duck Walk has both North and South Fork locations. We found one handicapped parking space in a paved parking lot. A concrete walkway led to a double glass door main entrance. There was a small “lip” to get over as we entered. Once inside we found a large tasting room that opened onto an easily accessible, lovely outdoor patio, also with vineyard views. Multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms are to the right of the main entrance. Duck Walk does not offer tours, but does host many events. Check www.duckwalk.com, call (631) 726-7555 for more information.
Many of the vineyards seem to have both indoor and outdoor seating. Most are open year round, with the exception of major holidays (check individual websites).
There was no particular rhyme or reason to the places we chose. We stopped at places we noticed. As on the North Fork, the personnel we encountered were very friendly and helpful. Of course, we at Destination Accessible urge you to call the location you are interested in with any questions or concerns you might have.