The Hamptons on Long Island's East End is known for lots of different things, including wine, and one winery's weekend gatherings are getting lots of attention as a welcoming way to wind down after a long week. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
SAGAPONACK, N.Y. - Drinking wine may not seem like an activity for the whole family, but at Wolffer Vineyard in Sagaponack, Friday and Saturday nights in the summer are for everyone. That's because the vineyard offers free admission for live music, wide open spaces and some pretty spectacular views, too.
"It's just a great relaxing thing to do over the weekend," says one person at the vineyard. "The wine is great. The people are friendly. It's great for the kids. It's one of the rare things you can do with everyone in the family outside of the house."
The evenings are held at their Wolffer Wine Stand, which sits on the Hamptons' main thruway, Route 27. Obviously, they sell wine and some food, too.
"It's the local thing to do. You're going to meet your friends. You're going to enjoy a local product. Great atmosphere," says Suellen Tunney, retail sales director for Wolffer Estate Vineyard. "It's just so stunning. The sun sets right over the vineyard. We obviously have amazing wine."
Just around the corner from the wine stand is the vineyard estate, which offers tours, food and more wine.
"What you're looking at here is mainly Chardonnay. It's Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot noir. We are growing some Trebbiano," says Max Rohn, general manager at Wolffer Estate Vineyard. "We make about 28 different wines."
"Just look around," says one person at the vineyard. "Perfect time of day, very beautiful landscaping, not a bad glass of wine."
It's the free sunset gatherings that have seemed to really put the winery on the East End map. It's pretty accessible from public transportation, too, with the LIRR Bridgehampton station only a five-minute drive or a 40-minute walk away. And once you get here?
"We love the music, and the wine is good and the atmosphere," says one person at the vineyard. "And it's kid-friendly, so we can bring our baby here and enjoy ourselves and relax."
While they're too young for the wine, the kids seem to be doing OK, too.
"I just like playing here for some reason," says one kid at the vineyard.
"There's a lot of space to run around and play," says another.
Even if it feels as if summer is unfortunately winding down, don't worry. The live music here runs through the end of September.