Vine to Table: Wölffer Launches Island’s First Winery-Owned Restaurant

There’s a new must-try restaurant to add to your summer dining bucket list. One in the heart of the Hamptons, with Mediterranean-influenced dishes and operated by one of your favorite East End vineyards.

Marc and Joey Wölffer, the brother-sister duo behind the vineyard with the award-winning wines and beautiful grounds, opened Wölffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor this past July.

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“Launching a restaurant is a natural extension of our brand,” Marc said.

Famed Wölffer Estate Vineyard’s winemaker and partner Roman Roth advises on the wine list that has an artisanal focus and Chef Denna Chafetz created a menu of modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean influence that will change seasonally.

A mural inside Wölffer Kitchen helps to give the restaurant a bohemian vibe. image: conor harrigan

A mural inside Wölffer Kitchen helps to give the restaurant a bohemian vibe. image: conor harrigan

The food is “simple, fresh, clean, bright,” Chafetz said. And of course wine friendly.

Start with the fresh house made ricotta of hazelnut praline, local plums and arugula and just try and pass up one of the house made pastas: Gemelli with chanterelles, sugar peas and parmesan, or Campanelle with braised duck, escarole, marjoram and tomatoes. There are even house made gluten-free pastas available. For dessert opt for the flourless chocolate cake oozing with chocolate and caramel sauce, or while peaches remain in season the rustic peach tart with Walnut Streusel is so good you’ll want to order another one for the next day’s breakfast.

“Entertaining is a part of the Wölffer family DNA. We created Wölffer Kitchen to be a modern yet cozy and comfortable space that echoes the bohemian spirit of the Hamptons Marc and I knew as kids—a special place where great memories are born,” Joey said.

At the moment Wölffer Kitchen is serving dinner seven days a week but there are plans to open for lunch and brunch as well. While wine is the focus of the drink menu there are plenty of other beverages to choose from including craft beers, hard ciders and major spirits making up seasonal cocktails such as Raspberry Mint Cucumber Sangria and Ginger Peach Cider.

Wölffer Kitchen, 29 Main St., Sag Harbor; 631-725-0101 or