Sure, a winery tour and and tasting with kids in tow may not sound like the most family-friendly event, but we’re here to tell you that’s not the case! In fact, many wineries near NYC cater to families, with events, activities, entertainment and more. From nearby vineyards on Long Island to award-winning wineries upstate, we’ve rounded up the best kid-friendly wineries near NYC for you and the family to head to this fall. Cheers!
Pindar Vineyards Tasting Room & Winery
You don't have to go to Europe to experience one of the world's best wine regions. Less than a two-hour drive away, Long Island's North Fork is considered one of the best. Pindar Vineyards was named one of the top six family-friendly wineries by Wine Enthusiast and is open daily for tastings from 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. You can pick your own sunflowers here from a gorgeous, massive field, listen to live music booked every weekend, relax at a picnic table or on a blanket and sample offerings from local food trucks. This year's "Rock the Harvest" event takes place Sunday, October 19 from 2-6 p.m. and features the band BonJourney. Rock on!
37645 Main Rd. (Route 25)
This 200-acre vineyard on the North Fork of Long Island (a real hotspot of wine production, thanks to ideal climate conditions) grows 14 different grape varieties. Kick back and relax with a glass—like the vineyard's pinot noir, voted best at the NY Wine & Food Classic—while the kids play lawn games. (The vineyard, previously owned by the Entenmann family—yes, the treats—was sold in 2018 to the Rivero-González family, who own a vineyard in Parras, Coahuila, Mexico. The name changed from Martha Clara Vineyards to RGNY in 2019.)
Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard
You can pretty much kill every autumnal activity bird with one stone at Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard. Stop by by tastings in a restored, 100-year-old barn from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily, then take your pick of fun fall activities including apple-picking, pumpkin-picking, hayrides and navigating a huge corn maze (this year's design is gnome-inspired.) Plus a barnyard adventure zone with pig races (!), a petting zoo, tractor trikes, sandboxes, a new playground, sports zone and much more!
715 Sound Ave.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard
Wölffer Estate Vineyard Sagaponack is a class act, with stunning grounds, Insta-friendly flights and food and several seating areas for taking it all in. Make a reservation up to two weeks in advance on their website, and if you want to go all-in, don't miss the vineyard's Annual Harvest Party on October 12. The big to-do features fresh food, grape stomping, barrell-rolling races, pony rides, a petting zoo, and lots of games for both kids and adults! (It's not cheap: $154/adults; $85/kids.)
139 Sagg Rd.
Wine tasting, lawn games, picnic tables-a-plenty and lots of room to run around. What's not to like? You can also get tasty bites from such as oysters and panini, and get some shelter if so desired in the casual and roomy tasting room.
44075 Main Rd.
Further north and located in Ulster County, is the more relaxed and casual Benmarl Winery. Overlooking the Hudson River Valley claims to be the oldest vineyard in America. It's kid-and dog-friendly, and on select days, they make fresh pizza from a wood-fired oven. While the winery holds events year round (sangria fest, sheep shearing, 4th of July pig roast) the bing on here is the Hudson Valley October Grape Stomping Festival, which takes place October 12 & 13 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. this year. Expect live music, hayrides, hourly tours, and yes, actual grape-stomping, which sounds like every kid's fantasy if you ask us. Tickets ($10-15) can be purchased here.
156 Highland Ave.