Quick. Before the summer ends, hit the Hamptons wine trail and head to Wölffer Estate Vineyard and taste of Summer in a Bottle. Try it in both white and super-trendy rosé. Both are the epitome of a high summer in the Hamptons, with flavors and aromas of in-season local fruits.
The hosts of the annual summer must-do Chefs & Champagne recently entered the restaurant world, opening the Island’s first winery-owned restaurant,Wölffer Kitchen, in Sag Harbor. The menu has Mediterranean-influenced dishes and of course, fantastic wine. Go there after partaking in Yoga in the Vines or HIIT Bootcamp, which run regularly at the winery through the end of September, and rest assured calories don’t count.
Wölffer also invites guests to wind down on Twilight Thursdays through Sept. 24, with wine, cheese and a beautiful vineyard sunset as live jazz music plays. Fridays and Saturdays are all about heading to Wölffer’s Montauk wine stand and rolling out a blanket on the grass for a laid-back evening of good food, drink and music.
Of course, wine is at the heart of what Wölffer, founded in 1987 by Christian Wölffer, does. The 55-acre vineyard managed by Richie Pisacano lies on a sprawling 175-acre estate. Using sustainable farming practices, Wölffer grows Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and small lots of Trebbiano, Pinot Noir and Vignole. Winemaker/Partner Roman Roth aims to make wines that are food-friendly, elegant and enjoyable for years to come. He uses only estate-grown or locally sourced fruit for his wines, and New York State apples from Halsey Apple Orchard for the ciders you’ll be drinking all fall.
The vines that produce award-winning vintages have some beautiful neighbors as Wölffer is home to the largest indoor riding ring on the East Coast. At 100 acres and 80 stalls, Wölffer Estate Stables is open year-round for boarding, schooling and instruction.