Sound Avenue is one of Long Island Wine Country’s staple roads, dotted with well-known vineyards like Harbes and RGNY; sweet farm stands; and sunflower fields. It’s how you really know you made it to the North Fork.
But along this road is a secret vineyard. No sign out front announcing the approach. No big, welcoming driveway. No parking lot crowded with limos. In fact, it’s actually easy to miss. This is Roanoke Vineyards, an exclusive members-only vineyard in Riverhead, NY, with grapes that span across 10 acres of land.
According to Scott Sandell, marketing and creative director of Roanoke Vineyards, the reason it’s so exclusive is because of its size. The vineyard is a small producer and only kicks out about 4,000 cases of wine per year. Its calling card is a natural terroir, meaning the grounds don’t look manicured and landscaped. The experience centers on the beautiful wines that are painstakingly produced by attention to the vines at Roanoke, instead of the Instagrammable moments and picture-worthy charcuterie boards that most others offer.
“When we looked at our production, our process, and exactly where we wanted to place our efforts, the answer was absolutely in the vineyard, and not as an entertainment venue, or restaurant with a vineyard attached. We wanted a place where people could count on high quality wines, and we wanted to be sure the members of our wine club were the recipients. Almost all of the estate portfolio goes to members,” says Sandell.