The first annual L.I Wine and Food Festival (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The first annual L.I Wine and Food Festival was held on Sunday in Greenport Harbor with a sold out Grand tasting. Two large tents held over twenty restaurant tastings, thirty wineries and three craft breweries. (June 27, 2010)

Long Island's wine economy

East End vineyards have increasingly generated business, drawing large crowds and lots of traffic to otherwise quiet areas of Long Island.

A limousine parks in front of Martha Clara
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A limousine parks in front of Martha Clara Vineyards on the North Fork. (June 26, 2010)

Signs notate the limousine and bus policy at
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Signs notate the limousine and bus policy at Pindar Vineyards on the North Fork. (June 26, 2010)

Limousines and buses transport people to and from
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Limousines and buses transport people to and from Pindar Vineyards on the North Fork. (June 26, 2010)

Sparkling Pointe Vineyards in Southold offers Buff on
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Sparkling Pointe Vineyards in Southold offers Buff on the Vine, a new outdoor fitness class held on the grounds of the winery led by celebrity trainer Sue Fleming. (June 19, 2010)

The first annual L.I Wine and Food Festival
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

The first annual L.I Wine and Food Festival was held in Greenport Harbor with a sold out Grand tasting. Two large tents held over twenty restaurant tastings, thirty wineries and three craft breweries. Kathy MacGregor of Centereach and Barbara Polistina of Miller Place had a great day. (June 27, 2010)

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The first annual L.I Wine and Food Festival
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

The first annual L.I Wine and Food Festival was held in Greenport Harbor with a sold out Grand tasting. Two large tents held over twenty restaurant tastings, thirty wineries and three craft breweries. Guests from all over L.I get to enjoy Greenports beautiful waterview over a glass of wine. (June 27, 2010)

The first annual L.I Wine and Food Festival
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

The first annual L.I Wine and Food Festival was held in Greenport Harbor with a sold out Grand tasting. Two large tents held over twenty restaurant tastings, thirty wineries and three craft breweries. Chef Arie Pavlou of Comtesse The'rese Bistro in Aquebogue pours his wine to one of the many guests. (June 27, 2010)

The first annual L.I Wine and Food Festival
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

The first annual L.I Wine and Food Festival was held on Sunday in Greenport Harbor with a sold out Grand tasting. Two large tents held over twenty restaurant tastings, thirty wineries and three craft breweries. (June 27, 2010)

From left, Patty, Danielle, and Chris Hudson enjoy
(Credit: Sally Morrow)

From left, Patty, Danielle, and Chris Hudson enjoy wine and music at Peconic Bay Winery, located on the North Fork. (June 26, 2010)

Visitors browse through the wine selection at Martha
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Visitors browse through the wine selection at Martha Clara Vineyards on the North Fork. (June 26, 2010)

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For twenty years both Rosemarie and Frank Tipaldo
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For twenty years both Rosemarie and Frank Tipaldo relax with wine at the Picnic Pops at Old Westbury Garden. (June 30 2010)

Many people bring food and wine to enjoy
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Many people bring food and wine to enjoy during the Picnic Pops at Old Westbury Garden. (June 30, 2010)

Martha Clara vineyards as a destination for more
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Martha Clara vineyards as a destination for more than just wine : Live entertainment, horse and carriage rides, weddings ( 15 - 20 per year ). The tent in the background is for a wedding that was to take place later, in the early evening. (August 31, 2008)

Martha Clara vineyards is a destination for more
(Credit: Bill Davis)

Martha Clara vineyards is a destination for more than just wine : Live entertainment, horse and carriage rides, weddings (15-20 per year). A private wine tasting arranged in advance with Beverly Tricomi, right. (Aug. 21, 2008)

Traffic passing by the Long Island Wine sign
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Traffic passing by the Long Island Wine sign in Aquebogue on Sound Avenue. (July 2, 2010)

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Cars, limos and the occasional North Fork Trolley
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Cars, limos and the occasional North Fork Trolley head east on the North Fork along Sound Avenue into Long Island's Wine Country. (July 3, 2010)

At Pindar Vineyards, Peconic, tourists visited and enjoyed
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At Pindar Vineyards, Peconic, tourists visited and enjoyed tasting wine. Clockwise L-R Christine Healey, Laurie Riedener, Elissa Fitzpatrick and Lisa Campanella celebrate Fitzpatrick's birthday. (July 11, 2010)

At Pindar Vineyards, Peconic, tourists visited and enjoyed
(Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

At Pindar Vineyards, Peconic, tourists visited and enjoyed tasting wine. Singer Mark Eisemann. (July 11, 2010)

At Osprey's Dominion Winery, Peconic, tourists visited and
(Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

At Osprey's Dominion Winery, Peconic, tourists visited and enjoyed tasting wine. (July 11, 2010)