Peconic Bay Winery has moved its Tasting Room from Cutchogue to a new location at the Tanger Mall complex in Riverhead. Tasting will now take place within Empire State Cellars, a wine and liquor store in the mall complex.
The Cutchogue property will still serve as the vineyard‘s main location for private events, festival events and for its wine club.
“We’re setting up a terrific Peconic Bay-specific tasting and retail center inside the Empire State Cellars location,” explained James Silver, general manager of the winery’s parent company, Lav-Cor Agricultural, Inc. “The tasting bar can accommodate dozens of interested wine tasters each day, and the hours of operation are much longer than they are at the winery. We’ll reach a lot more people this way.”
Office and administrative work, and production, including fermentation, bottling and storage of wine will continue at the Cutchogue location.
In the coming months, Peconic Bay will release more than a dozen brand-new wines, including four new “White Label” blends, three new “Red Label” blends, a new Viognier, a new Sauvignon Blanc, a first ever off-dry Riesling and a new Method Champenoise sparkling wine.
Peconic Bay Winery is wholly owned by Ursula and Paul Lowerre, who are thrilled about the move. “Ursula and I are excited to welcome everyone to taste our new wines at Empire State Cellars, especially our loyal wine club members. We plan to open the grounds of the winery at least eight times this summer exclusively for our club members for private parties, tastings and events,” Mr. Lowerre said.