Lieb Cellars is a team of creative, passionate people who have come together to craft bright, fruit-driven wines made from our sustainably-farmed, handed-tended vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island.
Lieb Cellars is an 85-acre sustainably farmed vineyard located on the North Fork of Long Island, 80 miles east of New York City. Lieb was founded in 1992 and debuted our first line of reserve wines in 1999 under the direction of Australian-born winemaker Russell Hearn, with the Pinot Blanc and the Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine quickly gaining national recognition. The next year, we opened our first tasting room on the North Fork of Long Island in Mattituck, NY. As wineries do when they become more popular, Lieb Cellars began to expand production, and, in 2004, introduced our Bridge Lane series: lighter, fruitier “every day” wines at more affordable price points.In 2012, Lieb Cellars opened a second tasting room on the rustic, rural Oregon Road in Cutchogue, NY, and merged with Premium Wine Goup, the custom crush facility where were produce our wine. Now, in 2014, we have expanded our Bridge Lane series to include “alternative” formats, with the wines being offered in 3L boxes and 20L disposable kegs (both “firsts” for New York). Our wines are being widely distributed to venues in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Newport, Chicago and Shanghai, China. Producing two private labels for celebrity-chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft restaurants and the Topping Rose House, Lieb Cellars has evolved into a diverse winery and a trusted name in the wine world.
About the Vineyards
Our grapes are grown on 4 vineyard sites totaling 85 acres. We have 11 vinifera varieties planted (Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon) and are proud to say that our vines are some of the oldest on Long Island. The Riesling and Cabernet Franc at our Main Road Vineyard were planted in 1981 shortly after the “founding” of our region in 1973. Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc at the Bridge Lane Vineyard followed in 1983. The vines at Oregon Road West were planted in 1997, and we completed our plantings in 1999 with the reds at the Oregon Road vineyard. We also boast the largest contiguous plot of Pinot Blanc in the US (14 acres).
Our sites were carefully chosen for their loamy, well-drained soils and proximity to the Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay, two bodies of water that bestow moderate temperatures and an extended growing season that is a month longer than any other New York wine region.
As a member of Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing, our vines are grown using sustainable vineyard practices with the goal of maintaining the natural health of our soils as well as our surrounding ecosystem. We avoid the use of herbicides and use organic fertilizers. Our fruit yields are intentionally kept low, hand-tended and hand-harvested. Our vines are maintained at the highest of standards, and we believe our wines reflect that.
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