|Address:||169 Harbor Rd, St James, NY 11780, USA|
|Working:||Closed Closed Closed 5–11PM 5–11PM 1PM–12AM 11AM–8PM|
Visited Harmony Vineyards last night for the first time. What a gem! Im normally not a "reviewer" but this place deserves some "kudos". Heres a few things I really enjoyed. Its located on the water just outside of Stony Brook Village. The wine is very very good (my favorite was the 2010 Harmonious Blend). The building is incredible. It was built in the 1600s and is considered historic. I felt like I went back in time (even the window hinges/latches appeared original). The inside retains its original feel w/different seating set ups that makes you feel at home. Outside there is a large patio area with a stage and furniture set up throughout the lawn area (although we were there at night, Im going back for a romantic sunset). All of the profits go to humanitarian efforts & education. Yep.. Drink wine & give back to the world. They host talented live entertainment on the weekends. Its family friendly but stays open late (11pm i think). The staff was super responsive, fun, friendly, engaging & a pleasure to chat with. The crowd ranged from mid-20s through mid 40s. No one was boisterous or unruly but everyone was having a good time. I had the pleasure to briefly chat with the owner David. What a guy! He explained how the building was moved and the tremendous undertaking of transforming the property into a winery. I applauded his humanitarian approach and gave my appreciation for his wine. Ok soo this post is getting too long (I may be drinking a glass right now..lol). To sum it up..its an amazing property with delicious wine, great people, a fun & young atmosphere that retains its old worldly feel. Kudos Harmony Vineyards! Well see you soon!
Si vous êtes amateur de vin et de passage à Long Island, je ne saurai que trop vous conseiller de visiter ce vignoble. Laccueil y est très agréable et il vous est possible de déguster les quelques crus du domaine, au verre ou à la bouteille. Des assiettes de fromage sont proposées à la dégustation pour accompagner le tout. Et cerise sur le gateau, vous pouvez apporter vos propres mets pour accompagner ce festin. La terrasse extérieure accueille régulièrement des groupes locaux de qualité et la vue sur les vignes est ravissante. Un pur moment de détente au coeur de la nature préservée de létat de New York. #CityExperts #LongIsland #NY
I don’t normally write reviews but was so taken with this out of the way place I had to share. First, the tasting room is bordered by Avalon Park and sits on the Stony Brook harbor. This translates into a serene quite waterfront experience. The tasting room transports you back to the beginning of settlers on Long Island as it dates back to some of the first structures here. The 1690 house is totally restored and is worth visiting on it’s own. We chose to start with their flight tasting options and sampled a variety of their red blends of different vintages. I particularly liked their later red blends 2013 and 2014 which had surprisingly rich tannin structure, great nose and mouth feel. The chardonnays were delicate and very refreshing. I especially like that they don’t oak their chardonnays as they are made in a more chablis style. We sat on their “Vineyard Terrace” which overlooks the chardonnay block down to the water and I can’t tell you how relaxing and transportive that was in words. There was live music but I almost wished they were not playing preferring to hear the bird songs. I could not more highly recommend Harmony Vineyards.
The grounds, scenery and music are very nice here but wine was not one of those. We purchased one of the white bottles that were $51 (see pic) and it was fairly disappointing. Most bottles were in that range with tastings ranging from $16 (for 3 tastes) and $21 (for 4 tastes)... The wine isnt that good to warrant tastings for that price. Heres a winery suggestion: Skip this place, and Visit Pindar Vineyards and Winery out in Peconic. At $10 tastings (for 5 tastings) and very reasonably priced bottles, they have great wines (some of the best in the Northeast) and they have wonderful service aswell. We visited and purchased a few bottles after the tasting. I do not recommend Harmony Vineyards.
The staff most especially the brother and sister are very helpful ,courteous and friendly. The other lady already asked even not being asked if were ready to pay our tab.,which was annoying . We were even approached and asked if our car was valet parked by one of.the security guy which was also annoying .There was no sign of valet parking outside.We asked for ice from the other same lady but didnt come back with it.We enjoyed the beautiful music and the scenery and the musician was very entertaining , polite and professional.Special thanks to the musician and the brother and sister who made the experience pleasant and enjoyable.
Winding down that shady lane and pulling up to the tasting room, all the driving stress floated away - almost like time travel - an immaculately restored old farmhouse manse carved into woodland with long arbors down to the waterside and people casually strolling or relaxing in the backyard to live guitar music. The staff was friendly and non-intrusive; my guest, a bit of a wine snob (isnt that what "chevalier" means?) raved about the red blend. Legendary rock photog Weiss and Gary U.S. Bonds showing up just added a sense of wait-what? unreality to a day that was long and pleasant and ended too soon.
This is a nice little vineyard. Although they do not offer a wide variety of wines, I did enjoy their tasting option. We were able to try 3 wines and although most of their wines are not my kind of wine, I was able to appreciate all 3 that we tried. I also liked that we were able to walk around on their grounds. We also got a brief history of the old house, which was very cool. The gallery within the house makes this a very unique experience. I also liked how we were able to just buy a bottle and spend time in the gallery hanging out and the employees didnt mind us hanging around.
What a surprise coming out of this young vineyard on LIs north shore! Chardonnays vintage 2008 and 2010 were sampled. Full-bodied, fruity, floral, balanced, will please every palate. Harmony scores with its old vines and proven winemaker. Whats not to like with their Red Blend? Admittedly, I have a soft spot for cabernet franc and this blend satisfies for my craving for subtle peppery tones, concentrated plum and berry flavors wrapped up in a sort of a cocoa roundness with an elegant finish.
This is a rare out of the way find. The setting is a beautiful 1690 farmhouse located on Stony Brook harbor. The wine is excellent and unique even on Long Island. They have a delicious chablis style chardonnay that is very refreshing. The red blend, sold in several vintages up to 2008, is delicious and varies in complexity by the year. Im looking forward to 2009 and 10. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. The owner is often on the premises and is happy to present the farms history.
Amazing setting and the view is to die for. The proprietor and his staff create a warm and welcoming vibe. This is what Long Island must have been like before it became a "suburb". Last Sunday the Chardonnay was perfectly balanced with the food and the backdrop of the Harbor. By the way, their 2015 Chard is the best I have ever had on LI....this was a nice surprise since I have always consistently ordered their reds (which have always been amazing)