When your facility is the largest producer of rosé wine in New York State, you can't simply rest on your laurels. New products and new attempts to break the tough, competitive wine market are always uppermost in mind.
That's why Wolffer Estate Vineyard has just unveiled yet another rosé and gave it the catchy name "Summer in a Bottle." It joins two other table wines in Wolffer's portfolio -- Wolffer Rosé and Grandoso Rosé -- along with a sparkling wine (Noblesse Oblige), a dessert wine (Fabiana Late Harvest Rosé) and a dry rosé cider (Wolffer No. 139).
Wolffer is a sustainable vineyard located in the heart of the Hamptons on Long Island's South Fork. Smartly, it hasn't limited itself to rosés even though they are such a key component of their portfolio. Among many other successes, its merlots have a wide reputation.
The facility was founded in 1978 by the late Christian Wolffer, a German-born businessman who by 1987 had turned the 14-acre original farmland site into a vineyard. Today, under the ownership of his son Marc and daughter Joey and the general management of Max Rohn, the East End spread covers more than 170 acres and includes the 100-acre Wölffer Estate Stables, an equestrian center used for training, schooling, year-round boarding, and instruction, is an 80-stall facility with the largest indoor riding ring on the East Coast.
Roman Roth, a partner, is the winemaker who hails from Rottweil, Germany in the Black Forest region. He apprenticed at the Kaiserstuhl Wine Cooperative in Germany, then traveled to the U.S. and then Australia to continue learning the winemaking trade. He returned to Germany to become a winemaker at WinzerkellerWiesloch near Heidelberg, and earned his Master Winemaker and Cellar Master degrees from the College for Oenology and Viticulture in Weinsberg.
In 1992, Roth became the first winemaker at Wölffer Estate Vineyard. The winery is located at 139 Sagg Road in Sagaponack, Suffolk County, just off the Montauk Highway. Phone: (631) 537-5106.