North Fork of Long Island AVA

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North Fork of Long Island AVA
Wine region
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1986[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofLong Island AVA, New York
Climate regionMaritime/Cool Climate
Soil conditionsHaven loam, Riverhead sandy loam
Total area1,014,400 acres (410,513 ha)[2]
Size of planted vineyards3,000 acres (1,200 ha)[3]
Grapes producedAlbarino, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chardonnay Musque, Gamay Beaujolais, Gewurztraminer, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot blanc, Pinot Meunier, Pinot noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Viognier[3]
No. of wineries40[3]

The North Fork of Long Island AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in eastern Suffolk County, New York. Authored by winemaker Richard Olsen-Harbich in 1985, it includes the entire North Fork of Long Island and the townships of Riverhead, Shelter Island, and Southold. The North Fork of Long Island is home to over 40 wineries and 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) of planted vineyards. The local climate is heavily influenced by the presence of Long Island Sound, Peconic Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. The maritime influences of these bodies of water help to moderate temperature fluctuations and extend the growing season up to a month longer than other regions in New York. The most planted grape varieties in the region are Merlot, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc.[3] The hardiness zone is 7a.


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.113 North Fork of Long Island." Archived 2012-02-12 at the Wayback Machine Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Feb. 7, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute, The (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State". Retrieved Feb. 7, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d Appellation America (2007). "North Fork of Long Island (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Feb. 17, 2013.