Marcari Vineyards

Macari Vineyards

Have you ever been to a vineyard? Because it wasn’t until last Monday that I realize there was a whole new world filled with acres of land dedicated to wine growing on the other side of New York.  Macari vineyards has about 180 acres of land to be exact and located at the North Fork of Long Island. The North Fork has a total of 52 tasting rooms, and there first vines were planted in 1973.  Stepping into the winery you can already smell a strong but pleasant scent of fresh fruits as a vinous imagery of wine comes to mind.  The theme of Macari vineyard is just as you imagined, they had polished wine glasses, and a variety of wines stocked up neatly on the shelves, as the seats and tables were located perfectly overlooking every inch of the vineyards.

Macari Vineyards

Before my tour,  the guide, Jul Fedele presented me with a few facts about vinification, starting with the fact that wine was discovered about 6,000 years ago.  She then went on to explain how their process of fermentation goes at Macari vineyards, red wines take about a week, and white wines can take several weeks, to bring out more flavors and aroma.  On the other hand, when it comes to their viticulture they prefer dry soil and a terroir environment.  The viticulture at Macari prefers the type of soil called Sandy loam which is good for drainage.  If the vineyards have higher yields it will produce lower quality wines.  As we all know the region that the grape is grown will mostly determine how the wine will come out due to its temperature, soil, sunshine, etc.  That is why at Macari vineyards during late October this ava brings out more red wines than usually due to its healthy environmental factors.

Macari Vineyards

At Macari vineyards they have quite a few common but very well-known grape varieties that are grown.  There top grape varieties for red wine are Bordeaux, Malbec, Merlot, and Pinot Noir.  On the other hand, there top grape varieties for white wines are Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Viognier, and Riesling.  Throughout the North Fork, Long Island, Pinot Blanc is very well known, however at Macari the most sold wines are Merlot and Chardonnay which tends to be quite popular throughout the region.  Most wines are fermented stainless steel at Macari due to it being cost efficient, durable, airtight, and good aging.  Most wines were held off in barrique, which was used for storing and aging wines.  When it comes to the alcohol content, 14% is as high as it mostly goes.

Macari Vineyards


A special attribute of the ava Macari vineyard is the specific oak that they used which is porous.  During the tour we passed through quite a few locations such as the vineyards, tasting rooms, and the room where they make and store the wines. The vineyards were neatly lined off, and very spacious.  The reason for this is because of better airflow which help disease control against the vines.  Of course, the vines can’t be protected a hundred percent due to phylloxera, which are insects that destroys grape vines by attacking their roots.

Macari Vineyards

Overall Macari Vineyards was a success, but what stood out to me the most was the wine tasting room. It was located underground as the pathway seem like it led to some ancient underground tunnel. The room had an antique earthy smell that really stood out as the place was fully sealed off with polished wood at every corner, keeping every drip of smell trapped in the room.  Everything in the room looked like it was made from natural resources including the seats, tables, walls, shelves, which gave it that crafty nature look. This was definitely an experience I enjoyed and can definitely see myself laid back sipping on a glass of chardonnay overlooking the beautiful view of North Fork, Long Island.

Macari Tasting Room

Macari Rose



Retail Beverage Shop Analysis

Taking my first steps into this wine shop, it was just as I imagined it too be. Solidified wood throughout the floor, dimmed lighting targeting each angle, and a strong scent of fruit and open wine bottles scattered throughout the store.  What wine shop was this?  It was Slope Cellars, located on 436, 7th Ave, Brooklyn.  The reason for me choosing this location was not only because it was an 8 min drive, but because the neighborhood is known for spending there Sunday afternoons sipping on a high-quality bottle of red wine.

Luckily for me I had a chance to speak to the manager, who presented me with one of his most sold red wines from Spain.  This wine was “Guimaro Riberia Sacra Vino Tinto.”  I asked him “what makes this wine sell so much”, he stated how it mixes well with spicy food and tacos, and in this area, people love tacos.  This red wine from Spain is a 2016 vintage, located in the region of Galicia.  The bottle comes with a natural cork, and the taste is known to be silky with a heavy aromatic smell.  A smell of pure red fruits and heavy spices.


Guimaro Riberia Sacra Vino Tinto

Next up was a very antique and tasty sparkling wine.  This sparkling wine is “Wiston Estate Blanc de Blancs.”  It is a 2010 vintage and located in the appellation of England.  The manager stated how it is a Chardonnay grape variety that pairs well with seafood such as crab or lobster.  He also stated how it attracts a lot of customers since it’s known as a very traditional wine style with an alcohol content of just 12%.  This sparkling wine gives off an aroma of apples and quite a few pastries, which even had me thinking of buying a bottle.

Wiston Estate Blanc de Blancs

Last but not least is a red wine from the region called Bandol which is located in Provence, France.  I did not recall this being one of the top wine regions in France, which came as a shock to me.  It put me in shock because the manager presented this wine as one of his top selling wines, and by coming from a region I haven’t heard of, was a bit surprising.  This wine was “Domaines Chateau Romassan Bandol.”  I was told the reason this wine was sold so much is because how affordable it was for such a high-quality wine.  The manager stated how this wine is worth every penny due to their mix grape variety.  Grape variety such as Cinsaut, Grenche, and Mourvedre, having an alcohol content of about 14 percent.  Paring with most greens, and veggies, “Domaines Chateau Romassan Bandol” is known as an everyday wine.


Domaines Chateau Romassan Bandol