Founded in 1988 by Hamburg-born Christian Wölffer, Wölffer Estate Vineyard is a vision-casting American winery with a decidedly European character. A 55-acre vineyard located in Sagaponack, in the heart of the Hamptons, these former potato fields have become the quality benchmark of Long Island winemaking today by producing roughly more than 50,000 cases of wine and hard cider each year. The winery is located on the same property as Wölffer Estate Stables, a premier equestrian facility that lends the iconic horse imagery to Wölffer Estate Vineyard’s elegant packaging. It is considered among the “second wave” of wineries on Long Island and will soon be celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Wölffer Estate is one of only three vineyards located in the Hamptons appellation. Critics have noted that there is a palpable difference in the terroir of the South Fork, with its Bridgehampton loam soil and cool ocean breeze. Their 2017 Estate Rose is composed of 49% Merlot, 30% Chardonnay, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Riesling offering fresh floral and flinty aromas that fill the glass.