When thinking of wineries, the Piedmont region of Italy or Napa Valley in California probably come to mind. Sagaponack, NY, probably doesn't — but it should.
This Long Island village is home to Wölffer Estate Vineyard, a family owned boutique winery that's charming, scenic and elegant.
We recently visited Wölffer Estate to tour the property, meet the staff and, of course, taste the wine. Below, we've highlighted five reasons you should visit the vineyard this summer too.
1. The Atmosphere
New York can be a crazy place to live, but once you step foot on Wölffer Estate's property, it's easy to forget all your worries and unwind. The 175-acre property, which was once a potato farm, now includes a 55-acre vineyard, horse boarding stables and a jumping ring, a tasting room and much more. The entire property exudes a sophisticated European flare and is the perfect backdrop for the countless Instagram pictures we know you'll want to take once arriving.
2. The Wine
Wölffer Estate winemaker Roman Roth has been with the company since 1992 and has worked hard to establish its distinctive character. With the help of Roth, vineyard manager Richie Pisacano and the rest of the knowledgeable and passionate staff, Wölffer Estate has developed a reputation as one of Long Island's top wineries. Whether you prefer white, red or rosé, Wölffer Estate has something for everyone, and its Summer in a Bottle rosé is a summer party essential that we love to bring to pool parties, backyard barbecues and rooftop hangouts.
3. The Commitment to Sustainability
Not only is the wine at Wölffer Estate delicious, but it's also made sustainably and with the utmost care and attention to detail. Wölffer Estate implements a comprehensive checklist of almost 200 sustainable grape-growing practices, such as soil management that reduces erosion and runoff, the elimination of pre-emergent herbicides, minimal pesticide use and more.
In addition to tastings and classes, Wölffer Estate hosts a slew of other special events throughout the year. This summer, be sure to check out Sunset Fridays and Saturdays, during which guests can sip on wine and snack on cheese and charcuterie plates while listening to live music as the sun goes down. Fitness lovers should check out Yoga in the Vines, a relaxing yoga session in the vineyard. Wölffer Estate is also the perfect spot for weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties and other celebrations.
5. Wölffer Kitchen
Later this month, Wölffer Estate will open its own restaurant — the first winery-owned restaurant in the Hamptons — at 29 Main Street in Sag Harbor. Named Wölffer Kitchen, the restaurant isn't located on the estate property, but it's just a short car ride away and totally worth the extra travel time.
"Launching a restaurant is a natural extension of our brand," Marc Wölffer, co-owner of Wölffer Estate Vineyard, said in a press release.
"Entertaining is a part of the Wölffer family DNA. We created Wölffer Kitchen to be a modern yet cozy and comfortable space that echoes the bohemian spirit of the Hamptons Marc and I knew as kids — a special place where great memories are born," Wölffer Estate Vineyard co-owner Joey Wolffer added.
Wölffer Kitchen will serve modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean influence. The restaurant emphasizes its use of local, seasonal and wine-friendly food.
"Building a menu based on pairings with Wölffer wine, the seasonal local fish and harvests of East End farms is a chef's dream. The bounty of the area offers the perfect inspiration," chef Deena Chafetz said.
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