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OUR OCTOBER 27TH GETAWAY:
Saturday, October 27th, 2012
North Fork, Long Island
Bus Departs: 9:15AM (begins boarding midtown at 9:00AM)
Bus Returns: Approx 7PM (depending on traffic)
Join us on October 27th when we venture out to the picturesque East End of L.I. for our Fall Harvest tour. Since grapes were first planted on the North Fork in 1975 the region has blossomed into a great wine producing area with approx. 50 vineyards which have earned the respect of oenophiles the world over. This is Grape Getaways 9th year of running fun and informative tours to wine country.
Our first stop will be the Paumanok Vineyards which produces some of the finest wines on Long Island . Here, we’ll tour the vineyard, view the wine-making facilities, sample some very fine wine and meet Ursula Massoud who owns and runs the winery with her husband Charles and their sons.
Next we’ll head out to Laurel Lake Vineyards where we’ll do another round of wine-tasting and have lunch on their beautiful porch over-looking the vineyards (lunch is included in the price).
(Visit to a third winery will be announced)
Fall is pumpkin season and our bus will stop at a farm stand where pumpkins and other fresh vegetables and fruits can be purchased.
Grape Getaways tours are both fun and informative, plus you’ll have a chance to meet fellow wine lovers. During the ride out we’ll talk about wine and the region (as well as provide wine appreciation tips so you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy this getaway – wine lovers at all levels enjoy our tours).
Pricing: Our price for groups of 4 or more (and affiliate groups) is $110. The discounted price for early sign ups (thru Oct 15th) is $115. Regular registration (after Oct 16th) is $120. You can pay on line (click here) or by check (call 203.629.1261 for details or with any questions). Grape Getaways prices are all-inclusive and include tours, tastings, lunch, tips and transportation.
Below are descriptions of the wineries we’ll be visiting. You can learn more by clicking on the links to their websites.
Our first stop will be Paumanok (that's the Indian name for Long Island in case you were wondering) where Charles and Ursula Massoud produce some of the East End's finest wines with the help of their family. Their wines have been served at the White House and their Merlot and Chenin Blanc are particularly noteworthy. It's not a surprise that Saveur Magazine described Paumanok as "a contender for the best winery on Long Island."
Laurel Lake Vineyards has beautiful facilities --their 6,000 sq foot winery was constructed in 1997 and it is situated on 17 sun-drenched acres. The owners of Laurel Lake hail from Chile, a country well-respected for its outstanding “new world” wines.
- For more information about Long Island Wine Country please click here
- For more information about our tour guide click here
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