Hamptons Rosé Shortage: Wölffer Rosé Runs Dry

Wölffer's Summer in a Bottle Rosé, which made its debut this year, sold out quickly.
Wölffer’s Summer in a Bottle Rosé, which made its debut this year, sold out quickly. Photo credit: Brendan J. O’Reilly

It’s official—Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack is completely out of stock of all its varieties of rosé wine.

Wölffer winemaker and partner Roman Roth confirmed Wednesday that nothing remains of Summer in a Bottle Rosé, which debuted this year, Grandioso Rosé, Noblesse Oblige Sparkling Rosé and the standard Wölffer Rosé.

“We made more than last year, and it’s just been on fire,” Roth said.

Summer in a Bottle was released in May with 1,585 cases produced and sold out within weeks, according to Roth. There were 17,500 cases of 2013 Wölffer Rosé produced—an increase over the previous year—and the vineyard sold out before Labor Day weekend was over.

“For a boutique winery, it’s a good number, that’s for sure,” Roth said.

Roth expects the 2014 rosé will be released by the end of March 2015 or the beginning of April. He anticipates another banner year for Long Island wine.

“2014 is unfolding to be a dream year, like ’13 was,” Roth said. “2013 was one of the best years Long Island’s ever had.”

With seven or eight more weeks of weather like it has been Tuesday and Wednesday, “We have a shot at a repeat,” he said. “The stage is set. Everything is great with such low humidity.” Now it’s a matter of getting lucky in the last inning.

For those looking for a Wölffer rosé fix, Roth notes that more Wolffer No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider was recently released, made from local Halsey Farm apples—not from concentrate. he says the cider is elegant and wonderfully balanced—”better than 95% of the Proseccos that are out there.”

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