Buggy tours through vine fields, charcuterie served among lush vines, and an inaugural fireworks show on Independence Day weekend beckon wine lovers to tour Peconic Vineyards Bay recently revived at Cutchogue.
The winery in the heart of the North Fork wine country has seen an influx of day trippers and overnight guests booking one of the five bedrooms in its quaint historic five-bedroom farmhouse – one of the oldest in all of Cutchogue – as the peak of summer begins.
“What’s unique about Peconic Bay Vineyards is that we offer so many experiences in the vineyard,” says Ken Cereola, general manager of the winery. “We try to get people out of the tasting room and out into the vineyard.”
Soloviev Group, the parent company of Crossroads America, whose CEO is East Hampton billionaire Stefan Soloviev – one of the nation’s largest landowners – bought the farm in 2019, one of many local acquisitions of these last years. The company is seeking approval to build a 40-room boutique hotel on the property. In the meantime, visitors are encouraged to stay at the Chequit, a 150-year-old hotel on Shelter Island that the company also recently purchased and renovated.
Cereola says Peconic Bay Vineyards’ electric beach buggy vineyard tours are “super popular.” The visits are followed by a tasting flight and a picnic in the wine-growing groves accompanied by a charcuterie platter. Wine tours can also include an appearance by winemaker Greg Gove.
Peconic Bay Vineyards also offers specialty wines and oysters. He partnered with Hampton Oyster Company, which runs a full-service oyster bar out of the tasting room on weekends. Live music also graces the tasting room on Fridays.
“We have a very well-rounded atmosphere at the winery,” he says. “High quality wine but still an accessible and very relaxing upscale environment. We pride ourselves on hospitality. It’s just an absolutely beautiful setting. We have fire pits on the property.
The farm accommodation will also offer tourist packages and brunch accompanied by a fabulous view of the vineyard.
At the height of the season, Peconic Bay Vineyards will host its first annual American BBQ and Fireworks Show co-hosted by the Cutchogue Fire Department with the Santore Family Fireworks Company show.
General admission to the East Lawn is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 1. Tickets are $50. Wine, beer, concessions and a Cutchogue Fire Department BBQ will be available for purchase. A VIP lounge area will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the patio of the tasting room. Tickets are $85 with food by The Catered Fork.
“I am thrilled to partner with the Cutchogue Fire Department during our July 1 fireworks event at Peconic Bay Vineyards,” said Stacey Soloviev, Director of Community Relations for Peconic Bay Vineyards. “We have planned such a fun evening with great wine and food, live music and of course spectacular fireworks!”
Peconic Bay Vineyards is located at 31320 Main Road in Cutchogue. For more information, visit peconicbayvineyards.com Reservations can be made at exploretock.com/peconicbayvineyards.