The Faces Behind Your Favorite Wines

Toasting the next generation of Long Island winemakers.
Zander Hargrave-Pellegrini Wines

Zander Hargrave

Pellegrini Vineyards, Cutchogue

Next Generation: Zander Hargrave, winemaker

Provenance: Son of Louisa and Alex Hargrave, who launched Hargrave Vineyards in 1973 (Long Island’s first winery) with a planting of Vitis vinifera grapes.

Focus on the Future: “Long Island’s vintage variation challenges me,” says Hargrave, who specializes in blending (often with three Merlot clones from a single vineyard) and makes 20 labels a year. “People are starting escargot and oyster farms nearby, so it’s an exciting time to be here.

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Giovanni Borghese photographed by Madison Fender

Borghese Vineyard & Winery, Cutchogue

Next Generation: Giovanni Borghese, owner

Provenance: Son of Marco and Anne Marie Borghese, who acquired Hargrave Vineyards in 1999 and renamed it Castello di Borghese.

Focus on the Future: “Our next step is to explore planting Northern Italian varietals to pay homage to our roots,” Borghese says.Joey Wolffer Rose Cart

Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Sagaponack

Next Generation: Joey Wölffer, co-owner

Provenance: Daughter of the late vintner Christian Wölffer, she runs the estate with brother Marc and partner/winemaker Roman Roth.

Focus on the Future: In addition to producing several popular rosés, Wölffer reports that the “winery continues
to push forward with new innovations. Christian’s Cuvée Merlot 2019 will be back this summer, and our 2017 Cool
As Well Blanc de Blancs will be released next spring for our 35th anniversary.”

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Kareem Massoud

Paumanok Vineyards and Palmer Vineyards, Aquebogue

Next Generation: Kareem Massoud, winemaker

Provenance: Son of Ursula and Charles Massoud, who founded Paumanok in 1983.

Focus on the Future: A specialist in Chenin Blanc and other Loire varieties, Massoud will soon be “adding Melon de Bourgogne, the Loire grape of Muscadet wine, which is ideal with Long Island oysters. And I’m making more méthode Champenoise sparkling.”

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Gabriella Macari

Macari Vineyards, Mattituck

Next Generation: Gabriella Macari, director

Provenance: Daughter of founders Katherine and Joseph Macari, Jr.

Focus on the Future: Macari boasts 160 acres under vine, with Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc as its calling card. “Our dry, delicious, sparkling pink pét-nat Cabernet Franc, Horses, is a biggie for us, in addition to agrotourism,” she says.

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Maria Rivero-González

RGNY, Riverhead

Next Generation: Maria Rivero-González, owner

Provenance: Rivero-González’s father, José Antonio Rivero Larrea, owns a winery in Mexico where his daughter learned the trade. She acquired Martha Clara Vineyards in 2018 and renamed it RGNY.

Focus on the Future: “Sauvignon Blanc does amazingly well for us,” says Rivero-González, adding that she also finds Viognier to be wonderfully expressive. “I like experimenting, so we are aging Sauvignon Blanc in amphorae. And I’m excited about our dry Riesling, which is floral, with chamomile on the nose.”

The print version of this article appears with the headline: A New Vintage.