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dd loseThe North Fork Designated Driver was started by long time East End resident, Mike Malkush in 2012. He realized there was a need to have people safely wine taste and still want to be in their own car instead of a limo, bus, or with friends whose driver may actually have drunk over the legal limit. In fact, Mike currently lives in Cutchogue, the heart of Long Island Wine Country.Over the years he has seen the growth of wineries, restaurants, and an influx of visitors to the tasting rooms. He has also witnessed the increase in alcohol related accidents and DWIs. North Fork Designated Driver filled a void to give people another option to enjoy the Long Island wineries and be chauffeured around in their own car, with a knowledgeable and sober tour guide.

There are many reasons why people prefer to be in their own car instead of a bus or limo including; comfort, intimacy, price, and access to personal items. The North Fork Designated Driver has even driven people with:babies, pets, and small children. It really makes sense to be chauffeured around by a local tour guide who knows the roads and the best locations, to meet your needs.

Malkush is no stranger to the wine business. He produced the best-selling DVD, “The Wineries of the Long Island” several years ago and was also the co-founder of the North Fork Wine Club (now called The Hampton’s Wine Club), a “wine of the month club” which shipped Long Island wines, to over 40 states. He sold the wine club in 2014 to focus on North Fork Designated Driver.

In fact, Mike does a lot of the driving himself. All of our other drivers are over the age of 25, have been thoroughly screened, live locally and know the area to provide you with a great tour. Many of our drivers are friends or family members.

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