- There are three distinct AVAs (American Viticultural Areas): The Hamptons, The North Fork, and Long Island.
- There are 56 wine producers on Long Island.
- The first vineyard on the Island - Hargrave Vineyard - was planted in 1973. It's still open, but called "Castello di Borghese" after the name of the couple who purchased Hargrave in 1999.
- Long Island produces over 500,000 cases of wine annually.
- Number of acres planted in 1973: 17
- Number of acres planted in 2004: 3,000
- The most popular red varietals include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, often used together for hand-crafted blends. The most popular white varietals include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling.
- Grape growing on the East End benefits from a long growing season, maritime climate, moderate temperatures, and good soil conditions.
- Annual number of visitors to East End wineries: 1,200,000
- Long Island was the first region to execute a formal land preservation program. To date, over 16,000 acres of land have been preserved via the Peconic Land Trust, assorted private land trusts, and through
- the efforts of local towns and counties.
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