Wine and Vineyard Statistics

Total Number of Acres Owned:
Over 4,000 acres

Number of Acres Planted:
1973 first vineyard = 17 acres planted
January, 1996 35 vineyards = 1,800 acres
January 2002 – 52 vineyards = nearly 3,000 acres
January 2004 60 vineyards = 3,000 acres

The majority of grapes planted are vinifera grapes, with the main varietals being merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay.

Other varietals planted include chenin blanc, dolcetto,
gewurztraminer, lemberger, malbec, petit verdot, pinot blanc, pinot gris, pinot noir, riesling, sangiovese, sauvignon blanc,
semillon, shiraz (syrah), tocai friulano, and viognier.

Date Modern Wine Industry Founded on Long Island:
1973 – first commercial vinifera vineyard planted – cabernet
sauvignon, pinot noir and sauvignon blanc

Appelations (American Viticultural Area):
The North Fork of Long Island
The Hamptons
Long Island

Number of Wine Producers:
56 total on Long Island,        47 on the North Fork
4 on the South Fork,              5 in western Suffolk County

Number of Wineries Open to Public:
42 total on Long Island,           36 on the North Fork
3 on the South Fork,                 2 in western Suffolk County
1 in Brooklyn

First Vineyard:
1973 – Hargrave Vineyard, Cutchogue
Owners – Alex & Louisa Hargrave

Number of Vineyards Today:
60 ranging from two and half acres planted to over 500 acres

First Winery:
1975 – Hargrave Vineyard, Cutchogue
Owners – Alex & Louisa Hargrave

Annual Case Production:
500,000 cases (1,200,000 gallons)

Annual Visitor Numbers:
Approx. 1.3 million visitors to the East End wineries annually