The North Fork of Long Island

 

 

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The North Fork of Long Island is dominated by the sea, in every sense. The growing region is situated on a narrow “fork” of sea-level land that is sandwiched between the Great Peconic Bay on one side and by the wide Peconic Sound on the other. Geologically, the North Fork is a glacial moraine and is composed almost entirely of well-drained sandy loam. Winters on the North Fork areĀ cold, but are moderated by the surrounding water. Summers, on the other hand, can be very warm and exceedingly humid. Humidity, rather than heat or cold, is the most significant challenge posed to winegrowers on the North Fork of Long Island. Salinity and the scent of sea air are signatures of wines grown on the North Fork.