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The Old Field Vineyards in Southold, Photo by Randee Daddona
The Old Field Vineyards in Southold,
Photo by Randee Daddona

Rich in history and rustic charm, The Old Field Vineyards is a must-stop on any winter wine tour.

From the moment guests step into the barn-turned-tasting-room they’re greeted with the scent of the winery’s wood-burning stove and aroma of Old Field’s wines.

The warm feel of the former barn is enhanced with an assortment of  mismatched oversized chairs and down-home style artwork lining the wooden walls.

Established in 1974 by Chris Baiz, the vineyard’s long history on the North Fork contributes to its charm.

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After years of producing fruit for retail sale, Old Field began its winemaking journey with its 1997 pinot noir.

Sixteen years later, the winery has added merlot, cabernet franc, chardonnays, Blush de Noir and the newly released Blanc de Noir.

Baiz’s legacy continues with grandson Chris, his wife, Ros, and their two adult children, Perry and Ryan — the fourth and fifth generation of family members, respectively, to work at Old Field. The sixth generation? Well, that can be found in the owner’s family dog, Dekka, a 12-year-old mix who faithfully lies beside the winery’s wood-burning stove, offering friendly kisses to all who seek them.

Dekka, the dog at The Old Field Vineyards in Southold. Photo by Randee Daddona.
Dekka, the dog at The Old Field Vineyards in Southold. Photo by Randee Daddona.
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