For over 12 generations the Harbes Family has been tilling the fertile soils of Long Island. Their ability to find new ways to use agricultural resources has helped them thrive in a rapidly changing world. Although better known for super-sweet corn and family events such as the Fall Pumpkin Festival and Sunday Fun Days, the Harbes family began a promising venture with wine in 2003.
In 2003 the vineyard was planted on a boulder-strewn, south-facing hill near the coast of the Long Island Sound. On the surface is fine sandy loam, but underneath is a layer of rocks and silt, ideal for producing the finest vinifera on Long Island. Meticulous research of the finest vinifera clones of Chardonnay and Merlot resulted in a carefully chosen selection of outstanding French clones that were planted to produce the most aromatic and flavorful wine.
With the careful attention of vineyard manager Edward Harbes IV, the vines are producing among the most promising wines on the North Fork. The Harbes Family strives to capture the best of farm and family and welcomes you to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Harbes Vineyard in Mattituck is celebrating its tenth year of grape growing on eastern Long Island’s North Fork. In 2003, the first vines were planted on Harbes’ south-facing stony hillside. Harbes estate vineyard’s unique location overlooking Long Island Sound is ideal for handcrafting extraordinary wines.
Harbes Vineyard is proud to be a part of the Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing group, a group dedicated to the sustainability of the region, which has introduced the first sustainability certification on the East Coast. Preserving Long Island’s unique and beautiful ecosystem has long been our first concern in all our farming practices, and now Harbes Vineyard has been recognized for its sustainable methods. Earning the Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing Certification for the 2012 growing season, we were glad to take the Long Island Winegrower’s Pledge to continue to work in harmony with our natural world and leave the land we care for in better condition than we found it.
The certification program uses international standards for sustainable wine grape production practices that have been adapted to Long Island’s unique conditions. Certified sustainable vineyards use a holistic approach and sign-off on 15 important sustainability guidelines created to foster stewardship of Long Island’s historic farmlands for future generations. The use of an independent, third-party oversight inspector gives the LISW certification program tremendous credibility. Allan Connell, former District Conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service, serves as the inspector.
“We are honored to receive the LISWC,” says vineyard manager and winemaker, Edward Harbes. “Being good stewards of the environment is as important as producing fine wine.” Thirteen generations of the Harbes family have been farming on Long Island since the early 1600′s. Harbes’ early farms grew potatoes and cabbage and more recently segued to their renowned super sweet corn, which Newsday called, “The Best Corn on Long Island.” Today’s generation of Harbes growers are Cornell University graduates and work with Cornell’s agricultural extension program to combine the best mix of science, sustainable methods, and Harbes Family magic.
Our main Mattituck location houses our recently renovated wine tasting barn, and during the fall wine tasting is available at all of our locations. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will introduce you to our family of wines and help you pick your favorite!
The Wine Tasting Barn
Open Daily: 11-6pm
The Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck is home to a dedicated wine tasting barn. The large, airy, turn of the century wine barn is located just south of the vineyard. The Harbes tasting barn dates back to 1901 and served for decades as a potato barn. Writings on the barn walls are still visible and list the tons of potatoes stored after each season in the early 20th century.
The Wine Barn has been completely remodeled and redecorated for the new season. Natural cherry hued wood contrasts elegant black furniture and sunlight streams in through French doors overlooking the beautiful views of fields beyond. The modern and elegant furnishings are complimented by rustic touches. Antiquated tools decorate the walls, antique wine barrels serve as quaint tables, and one can still see the old wooden wheel embedded in the ceiling and used over a century ago in this working barn. We think you will agree, the new Wine Barn is accommodating and retains its humble historical charm.
Wine tasting is offered at the Wine Barn from May through the season to November. Limos by appointment only. We would love to see you at our regular tastings or at any of our special events and festivals.
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