In 2003, architectural project manager Carol Sullivan and Erich Moenius co-founded Gramercy Vineyards after…More discovering how ideal their 3.5 acres of sandy loam farm land in Mattituck was for growing merlot grapes. Located just south of Sound Avenue, the small plot is a "little oven" for growing exceptional merlot due to the way water and cold air tend to drain from the vines, according to noted winemaker Roman Roth.</p>
<p>Mr. Roth, who is also the winemaker at Wolffer Estate Vineyards in Sagponack, has been helping the team at Gramercy produce three robust boutique wines: Rose, Estate Merlot and Reserve Estate Merlot. The wines are currently only available for purchase at The Tasting Room in Peconic. Each grape is hand-picked and sorted. "If you have one little berry that is damaged by a bird or from a bee sting it will get cleaned out," Mr. Roth writes on Gramercy's website. "It's like sanding the rough spots out so that you can work in a very rustic way, macerating all you can get from the grapes."</p>
Scarola Vineyards 56995 Main Rd, Southold, NY11971 Scarola Vineyards is a small producer of wines made in the Scarola family winemaking tradition, which began generations…More ago in the port city of Bari, Italy. At Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, owner Frank Scarola and winemaker Roman Roth make about 500 cases out of grapes purchased from North Fork growers. Scaraola wines, such as Cappella chardonnay and Masseria merlot, can be found at the recently opened Cedar House Bed and Breakfast in Mattituck and in restaurants across Long Island and New York City. Scarola wines will soon be planted on about an acre of land behind Cedar House Bed and Breakfast.
A dedicated East End vintner for 30 years, Richard Pisacano opened Roanoke Vineyards in 2004 with his wife, Soraya,…More on 10 acres of land just east of Roanoke Avenue on Sound Avenue in Riverhead. With years of experience tending vines and his partnership with Roman Roth, the winemaker at Wolffer Estates in Sagaponack, Mr. Pisacano consistenly produces well-received wines, all of which are aged for extended periods of time in French Oak barrels.</p>
<p>The vineyard's cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot grapes are hand-harvested, and Roanoke's higher-end wines are never filtered. The winery has a small but dedicated staff from all walks of life, and visitors to its rustic tasting room get an educational experience in an intimate setting. A "tasting house" is also available for parties up to 25 people.</p>