Ready for a wine tasting NYC style? Whether you’re heading to North Fork for a bachelorette or bachelor party, an all-girl’s or all-guys getaway, a work getaway with colleagues, or you just want to increase your wine knowledge, North Fork has quite a lot to offer. Here are a few tips to help you plan and make this the best wine tour – ever!
Pricing Your Tour Package
While it’s hard to leave your favorite NYC rooftop bars behind, getting out of the city can be a great way to spend the day. Winery tours can extend from 2- to 5-hours. Prices can range from $15-$20 per person and may include 5 wines. Reservations are usually required for parties of 6-8 or higher. Smaller wineries may limit guests to 10 people and may offer outdoor picnic lunches to enjoy with selected wines.
Wineries and Tour Companies
- Bedell Cellars
- Jamesport Vineyards
- Macardi Vineyards
- Mattebella Vineyards
- North Fork Wine Tours
- Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse
Wine Tasting NYC – Book a Limo, SUV or Bus
Now you could stay in the city and visit some of the best bars in NYC, but a fun way to sip your vino is via chauffeured road trip especially if it’s your wedding party. To enjoy a vineyard hopping wine tour, travel by limo, SUV, or bus. It’s a hassle-free way to travel without worrying about directions, car keys or designated drivers.
When booking tours, confirm package details. Some tour packages include multiple stops and food, and allow you to visit 3-4 wineries and breweries. With large parties, consider a bus. While stretch limos look large, having 14 passengers can be rather tight.
Plan for the Day
Wine tours can be a fun time with family, friends or colleagues. Here’s how to plan your time:
Wear comfy clothing and shoes. Don’t travel with large amounts of cash or bring expensive items. Watch pocketbooks or leave them home. Instead, bring an over-the-shoulder travel bag with essentials, credit cards, phone, and ID.
Confirm lunch is included. Consider bringing your own food if you get stuck in traffic or don’t like the menu choices. Confirm the type of food offered, table set-ups, and how they will accommodate large parties.
Ask if music is supplied or if you should it. Have the driver play your favorite radio station. To avoid disruptions, confirm you won’t need special auxiliary cables if you’re bringing your own music.
With bus tours, bathrooms are located in the rear. Bring hand sanitizers, antibacterial wipes, and purse-size spray. At some wineries, you may find outdoor porta-potties.
Expect weekend traffic. Visit wineries closer to one other. For longer tours, bring playing cards, food, and something entertaining. In rare occurrences, accidents or weather can snarl traffic 40-minutes up to two-hours. Buses are more relaxing to stretch your legs and use the restroom.
Weather can vary. Bring umbrellas and rain ponchos. In hot weather, confirm your vehicle has working air-conditioning. Bring sunglasses, a hat, bug repellent, and SPF for outdoors and sweaters for inside.
Delays or Cancellations
To avoid unexpected delays:
- Check messages the day before to confirm the reservation.
- Give a primary phone number with the reservation and keep that phone on the day before and the morning of the tour. Keep the battery charged.
- Find nearby car rental companies if your winery’s vehicle breaks down and they don’t have another vehicle.
Ultimately, planning your wine trip to North Fork will be such an amazing time. Take plenty of pictures and videos to share your memories (and then book that spa day package)!
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