Being from the opposite direction of the island where there is barely a working farm in operation, it is always amazing to realize where an hour’s drive can land you. Among other farms, the North Fork is home to dozens of vineyards and award-winning wineries, most of which have tasting rooms and tours. It was my first stop when I turned 21 and I’ve been returning in the fall and summer seasons to discover new wineries each time. It is always a relaxing day filled with great wine and memories. This visit, I stopped at Martha Clara and Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard: two wineries that have particularly interesting stories.
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard and Horse Rescue:
Wine grapes aren’t the only ones being cared for at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard. Since 2007, Baiting Hollow has provided a sanctuary for horses rescued from execution. The healthy and beautiful horses that so graciously greet the winery’s visitors by the fences of their corrals, once stood neglected, scared and helpless inside of slaughter pens. Destined to be killed for human consumption, racehorses who have outrun their careers and babies found on feedlots are among Baiting Hollow’s rescues. For some, days or only hours remained before being saved from their grim fate. Read their miraculous stories.
|Meeting the winery's lastest addition!|
Inside of a quaint country house, the Baiting Hollow tasting room is a relaxing place to hang out and sip on their many varietals and blends. Surrounded by black and white photos of the rescued horses, it is just the right atmosphere to sit back and reflect, not only on the good wine, but on the sweet souls you’ve encountered at the corrals and the decency of the people who have provided them with a much warranted second chance.
Martha Clara Vineyards: