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Vineyard Manager Joe Macari stands in the 500-acre farm Macari Vineyards owns (credit: Felicia LaLomia).

Each week, we’re shining a spotlighting on a different North Fork winery, showcasing its history and how you can support the operation at this time. Macari Vineyards is currently open for pickup at both its Mattituck and Cutchogue locations from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Free local delivery is available, and although the tasting rooms are closed, follow them on social media for future announcements. 

Name: Macari Vineyards

Year founded: 1995

Acres: 180 planted vines on a 500-acre farm

Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and small plantings of Syrah, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot.

History: The winery and vineyard are first, second and third-generation family-owned and operated. The farm has been in the family since the 1960s. The history of Macari Wines reaches back to the 1930s and ’40s when Joseph Macari Sr. made wine with his father and grandfather in their basement in Corona, Queens. They bottled the wine by hand and Joseph sold it to neighbors and friends. In the mid 1960s he purchased a 500-acre former potato farm on Long Island Sound. It would be another 30 years before he  realized his dream of growing grapes and making wine on site. The farm was fallow until 1995 when his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph Jr. and Alexandra Macari, moved to the North Fork with their children to begin planting vines.

How you can support them: Support small, local wineries, farms and breweries and share your photos drinking local wine on Instagram (be sure to tag the winery @macariwines).

150 Bergen Road, Mattituck and 24385 Main Road, Cutchogue