It should be no surprise that the North Fork real estate market is hot. The region is a rural paradise, especially in wine country, where the right property could lead a buyer down a whole new path. Perhaps it’s time to cash in those hard-won earnings and enjoy a quiet, vintner’s life. And, as luck would have it, this week’s top five listings could make that dream a reality.
Big E Farm, Jamesport
This exquisite offering started as a thoroughbred horse farm, but has since evolved into a property with 200 diverse acres. The grounds are suitable for elegant country living, as a venue for social functions, corporate retreats or as a fully operational, award-winning vineyard. Big E Farm features 17 buildings, including wine club gallery, event gallery, tasting room, culinary education center, 3 cottages and a manor house. The site of Martha Clara Vineyards, this is the largest parcel for sale on the East End. Robert Entenmann planted grapes in 1995 on the property, which now boasts some 100 acres of vines, Today, Martha Clara is an award winning and well known destination.
An approximately 8,000-square-foot house on the property has a commercial-grade baking room, 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths and a pool. All of the winery’s equipment and inventory is available for sale along with the parcel. Corcoran Group
Palmer Vineyards, Aquebogue
All estate grown and produced, Palmer Vineyards is one of the oldest and most highly regarded wineries on the North Fork. The winery includes 60 acres of land housing a wine production facility, a masterfully crafted 19th century English pub-style tasting house, 1700s farmhouse, climate-controlled inventory facility, 2-acre building site, and 1-acre lot with barn. This has everything one needs to set up shop and live the winemaking dream! Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
13936 County Road 48, Cutchogue
This historic property, homesteaded in the 1860s to capitalize in the new LIRR rail line, includes a total of 59 acres, approximately 44 of which have power and irrigation for grapes. Currently, 15 acres are cultivated for Merlot grapes—all bought by Channing Daughters for their rosé wine. The property has a 3-bedroom farmhouse built in 1905, a potato barn with room for 16 horses, plus another giant barn for equipment, and a small worker’s cottage. The grounds also feature a 12-acre building envelope with development rights attached. A lovely pond completes the picture. This property was owned by the late Jerry Tuthill, the legendary founder of Claudio’s Clam Bar and Crabby Jerry’s in Greenport who died in July. The farm is now owned by his wife, Beatsie Claudio Tuthill, one of the owners of Claudio’s of Greenport, the oldest family-owned restaurant in America. Douglas Elliman Real Estate
14990 Oregon Road, Cutchogue
Nestled away among the pinot blanc vines of a working vineyard, this beautiful, 3.68-acre estate could have been transported here from Tuscany. The 4-bedroom, 6-bath home features a custom chefs kitchen, media room, ample wine cellar, in-ground pool and captivating 360-degree views of the vineyard. An open plan with hardwood and tile floors makes for excellent entertaining or a quiet night at home in front of the grand, stonework fireplace. French doors lead out to a beautiful stone patio, ideal for summer gatherings, and a detached garage allows for 8 vehicles—great for a classic car collection or farming equipment. Douglas Elliman
14380 Oregon Road, Cutchogue
Featuring an incredible 48 acres total, with salt-scented air sweeping in from the nearby Long Island Sound, this property is in the heart of bucolic North Fork wine country. It includes a 3-bedroom brick farmhouse, barn and rustic garage on 1.5 acres, 3 additional building lots on approximately 5 acres, and 41.43 acres of farmland, currently being used to grow sod. Think of all the exciting possibilities in this rural gem. Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty