Anthony Nappa of Anthony Nappa Wines and Winemaker for Raphael Vineyards
Anthony Nappa studied botany at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and completed a degree in ‘Fruit and Vegetable Agriculture’ from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. Anthony went to New Zealand to receive his formal training in winemaking from Lincoln University in Christchurch where he received degrees in both Viticulture and Oenology. Anthony has extensive experience particularly in cool climate farming and winemaking. He has worked as a winemaker in New Zealand, Southern Italy, California, Massachusetts and New York.
Anthony joined the winemaking community on the east end of Long Island in 2007, in the same year establishing his own wine brand Anthony Nappa Wines with the production of 200 cases of Long Island Pinot Noir. Anthony was Head Winemaker for Shinn Estate Vineyards from 2007 to the 2010 vintage. Starting in the 2013 vintage Anthony Joined Raphael Vineyards as Head Winemaker.
Russell Hearn of Suhru Wines, T’Jara Vineyards and Winemaker for Lieb Cellars
With 30 years of winemaking experience, in Australia, New Zealand, France and the USA, Russell Hearn has taken his Australian training with him throughout the journey. During the last 20 years on the North Fork of Long Island, As winemaker for Pellegrini Vineyards from 1991 to 2012, Russell is also the founding partner of Premium Wine Group (est. 2000), a Custom Crush facility in Mattituck. Suhru wines was founded in 2008 by Russell and his wife Sue as the family’s private label. Russell is also partners in a single vineyard wine project called T’jara established in 2007. He thoroughly enjoys bringing his wine experience and passion to the creation of wines of unique distinction and style. Russell has established himself as an industry veteran who has helped forge our region one known for producing World Class Wines.
Greg Gove of Race Wines
After studying Chemistry at both Cortland and Columbia Universities, Greg launched his winemaking career right here on the North Fork at Hargrave Vineyard in 1985. After 3 years there he moved to Pindar where he was intrigued by the wide range of varietals under cultivation. He spent 9 years at Pindar before moving on to set up Laurel Lake in 1997. In 1999 Paul & Ursula Lowerre bought Peconic Bay and brought Greg in as winemaker. Greg earned Peconic Bay numerous awards and accolades in his years there. He was the winemaker at Peconic Bay Winery until its close in 2013. Greg launched his own brand ‘Race Wines’ with five wines, a dream of his, shortly after the close of Peconic Bay in 2013.
John Leo of Leo Family and Winemaker for Clovis Point
A native of the Hudson Valley, New York, John graduated with a journalism degree and immediately proceeded to wander slowly around the world. He started working in wine in 1982 and joined the East End wine growing community in the early 1990s, becoming winemaker for Clovis Point, in Jamesport in 2004. John works full-time at Premium Wine Group where he makes the wines of Clovis Point as well as Leo Family Red. A journalist by training, traveler by inclination, and grape grower by preference, John believes in honest hard work, natural transformation and the pleasure of sharing a bottle with friends.
Erik Bilka of Influence Wines and Winemaker for Castello di Borghese
As a Buffalo NY native, the Riesling grape has always been close to Erik Bilka’s heart. Erik has been part of the Long Island wine industry as production winemaker at the custom crush facility Premium Wine Group since 2001. He also is the winemaking consultant for Castello di Borghese and Harbes Family Vineyards. Having established himself as a successful member of the Long Island wine industry, Erik brought Influence Wines to life starting with the release of his 2010 Riesling. Whether in the vineyard or the cellar, every step in winemaking creates a different Influence, Influence Wines strives to demonstrate that “no two wines are alike” by showcasing the fingerprint that a winemaker leaves on the wine.
Adam Suprenant of Coffee Pot Cellars and Winemaker for Osprey's Dominion Vineyards
Coffee Pot Cellars is the inspiration of award winning Long Island winemaker Adam Suprenant. The winery was founded in 2008 and is the namesake of the lighthouse just off Orient Point which stands at the eastern most tip of the North Fork. Coffee Pot Cellars purchases grapes from top-tier North Fork vineyards and custom crushes the fruit at Osprey’s Dominion, where Adam has and continues to be the winemaker for over ten years. About 750 cases per year are currently being produced and are divided among four wines, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and a Meritage blend. We seek to achieve in our wine the purest expression of the fruit from which it was made and the unique terroir of the vineyard where it was grown. To that end we employ traditional winemaking techniques with emphasis on preserving and elevating true varietal character through a minimum of intervention by the winemaker.