Roanoke Vineyards


At Roanoke, our goal is to make the highest quality, limited-production, hand-crafted, chemical-free, artisanal wines.


Fax: 631.727.5602


  • Serious wines for serious times.

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In the spring of 2006, our Vineyard Master, Gabby Pisacano, began an experiment in the twelve easternmost rows of Cabernet Franc. Gabby started thinning clusters in June, trimmed the canopy way back until he was satisfied each grape was getting the proper sunlight, and eschewed the use of any applied chemicals.

With the crop hanging at one and a half tons per acre, each cluster had space for the sea breeze to keep it dry, disease and rot were not factors, allowing the vines to produce pristine fruit. Twice daily trips through each row allowed Gabs to monitor the fruit, as well as document ripeness as the season progressed.

The New York Times described Gabby's first vintage as "balletic," which is, of course, how we remember of Gabby. It was a beautiful and complete wine, that illustrated where great Cabernet Franc could go.

Gabby's Cabernet Franc is a 91 point Parker-rated wine that is produced in very limited quantities. The next available Gabby's will be the 2013 vintage, which is scheduled for release on September 25th, 2016, which would have been Gabby's 86th birthday. To ensure you'll have this gem in your cellar, call us at the vineyard (631.727.4161), and ask to be put on "The Gabby's List."

Practices & Techniques

Our Sound Avenue estate vineyard was planted in 2000 on a ten acre parcel of Riverhead Havens soil. We have one acre of Merlot, with the balance of the vineyard divided equally between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

Roanoke Vineyards is a member of the Long Island Sustainable Winegrowers, but for us, sustainable practices are only the beginning. We feel strongly that we owe it to our wine club members to deliver the highest quality wines, without chemical intervention, and we believe hard work in the vineyard keeps the wines pure. You'll often see us pulling weeds, but you won't see us applying glyphosate. Our wines are fermented in BPA-free stainless steel vats, and we refuse to embrace screwcap closures that expose the wine to toxins found in plastic.

Environmentally sound vineyard practices are essential for the land, the future, and to create truly fine wines. A walk through the Sound Avenue vineyard will illustrate our philosophy; carefully manicured canopies, crops thinned to allow air and sunlight between the clusters, and a pretty healthy spider population that functions as our organic pesticide.

We'd love to take you on a walk through the vineyard so we can show you "The Hill," our block of Cabernet Sauvignon, located on the sandy, western-most side of the vineyard. Drainage is excellent throughout the entire vineyard, however these vines tend to produce very small and concentrated berries. Rain passes the roots quickly on its way to the aquifer beneath, and the fruit doesn't have an opportunity to bloat up with water. Sometimes a little stress on the vines is a good thing.

Since Roanoke does not have obligations to wholesalers, restaurants, or distributors we have the luxury of letting the vineyard tell us what wines to make. Individual blocks of the vineyard, like Gabby's twelve rows, are documents of any growing season. Fruit from other rows, or even varying sides of particular rows, may be components in blends with unique qualities. The goal is to make great wine, and we are committed to do whatever it takes to accomplish that.


Our wines have received 92 points from both Robert Parker and Wine Spectator. While we're thrilled with this news, we're not going to rest until we find seven or eight more points. Roanoke is willing to do whatever it takes to create beautiful wines, and the road to elegant, balanced wines that express the terroir begins in the vineyard.

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3543 Sound Avenue
Riverhead, New York 11901
United States

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