If you are looking for a relaxing and enjoyable getaway on Long Island, you might want to check out Harmony Vineyards. This charming winery is located on the waterfront of Stony Brook Harbor, offering stunning views and delicious wines. Whether you are a wine lover, a history buff, or a nature enthusiast, you will find something to love about Harmony Vineyards.
In this post, I will tell you everything you need to know about this wonderful place, from its history and cultural significance to its points of interest and interesting facts. I will also give you some advice on how to make the most of your visit. So, grab a glass of wine and let’s get started!
Creating the Park
Harmony Vineyards was established in 2002 by David Migdal, a former Wall Street executive who wanted to pursue his passion for wine making. He bought a historic property that dates back to 1690 and restored it to its original glory.
The property includes a colonial mansion, a carriage house, a barn, and a tasting room. Migdal also planted eight acres of grapevines, using sustainable and organic practices. He hired Eric Fry, one of the most respected winemakers in Long Island, to craft the wines. Today, Harmony Vineyards produces about 3,000 cases of wine per year, mostly reds, such as Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Bordeaux blends.
Vineyard of Culture
Harmony Vineyards is not only a winery, but also a cultural hub. The winery hosts various events throughout the year, such as live music, art shows, movie nights, and book signings. The winery also supports several charitable causes, such as education, health care, and environmental protection. In fact, 100% of the tasting fees are donated to local charities. Migdal believes that wine is not just a beverage, but a way of life that promotes harmony and happiness.
Points of Interest
There are many things to see and do at Harmony Vineyards. Here are some of the highlights:
The Tasting Room
This is where you can sample the wines and learn more about them from the friendly staff. The tasting room is open from Thursday to Sunday, from 12 pm to 6 pm. The tasting fee is $15 per person and includes five wines of your choice. You can also buy wine by the glass or by the bottle.
This is where you can admire the artworks of local artists and purchase them if you like. The gallery features paintings, sculptures, photography, and more. The gallery is open during the same hours as the tasting room.
This is where you can explore the history and architecture of the property. The mansion was built in 1690 by John Roe Sr., one of the first settlers on Long Island. It was later owned by several prominent families, such as the Smiths and the Blydensburghs. The mansion has been restored to its original condition and furnished with period pieces. You can take a self-guided tour of the mansion or join a guided tour on Saturdays at 2 pm.
This is where you can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of nature. The garden features various flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits that are used in the winery’s kitchen. You can also see the grapevines and learn more about the wine making process.
This is where you can relax and soak in the views of the water. You can sit on the deck or on the lawn and watch the boats and birds go by. You can also bring your own picnic or order food from the winery’s menu.
Here are some fun facts about Harmony Vineyards that you might not know:
Advice for Visitors
If you are planning to visit Harmony Vineyards, here are some tips to make your experience more enjoyable:
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