Vineyard Haven: Long Island

Better known for beaches, Long Island is fostering its image as the East Coast wine country

Youth and naivete--and, in this case, quite a few grapes--can be the perfect ingredients for success. In 1973, Louisa and Alex Hargrave, a young couple fresh out of Harvard, set out to build a vineyard in Cutchogue, N.Y. It wasn't considered an ideal spot. For centuries, would-be vintners had been discouraged by the overly sour native grapes found along the North Fork of Long Island, a narrow stretch of land some 90 miles east of New York City. Not dissuaded, the Hargraves purchased a farmhouse along with 66 acres of land, 10,000 rooted vines and a textbook titled General Viticulture.

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