The team at Taste of Purple recently hit the road and explored the wine region in the North and South Fork of Long Island. Along the way we had a lot of laughs, a lot of wine, and a little traffic! One of our absolute highlights was Wolffer Estate.
This winery is nothing short of breathtaking. Two flights of steps lead you to a large stone fountain that stands before the entrance. Inside the beauty continues with overhead wooden chandeliers and large windows overlooking the barrels. The real beauty, however, doesn't hit you until you reach the back patio. Rustic tables are scattered along a large open air patio that overlooks the sprawling vines. While we sat we watched horses from the local stables wander through the vines. In fact, several of the wines they produce are named after the local Clydesdales.
Our tasting host explained that Wolffer cares a lot about sustainable farming. Their pesticides are all organic and no pre-emergent pesticides are used. They also encourage local wildlife among the vines to keep the Eco system in tact.
Everything about Wolffer seems to be done in an honorable way. Their practices honor the land they yield from and their wines honor the legacy of those that came before them. The owner, Christian Wollfer came over from Hamburg and purchased a potato field with no knowledge of wine and a vision for the future. He teamed up with winemaker Roman Roth and created Wolffer. Since his passing, Roman honors his memory with "Christians Cuvée" a predominately Merlot blend.
Our team unanimously loved their "Summer in a Bottle" a light and crisp blend that was the brainchild of Christians Daughter. Though one of our team members preferred the Summer in a Bottle Rose. Either is definitely worth a try!
Wolffer Estate was such a peaceful and beautiful place we had a hard time leaving! Stop by their tasting room or wine stand and enjoy some live music on Fridays and Saturdays!