The story of Martha Clara Vineyards begins with Robert Entenmann, grandson of William, who founded the world renowned Entenmann’s Bakery in Brooklyn back in 1898. After running the prosperous family business for many years, Robert moved on to another chapter in his life and headed east to the North Fork to start up a thoroughbred horse-breeding farm. He soon realized his land was well-suited for grape growing.
The vineyard is named after his mother, Martha Clara, who was the support system behind the bakery, tirelessly ensuring the quality of the family’s products. The family farm is now home to 112 acres of vines. Horses still do appear onsite, carrying guests through the farm on a guided carriage ride. Expect to see sprawling fields of wildflowers and sunflowers. Animal lovers will enjoy llamas, alpaca, goats, baby doll sheep, peacocks and Scottish Highland cattle, some of which were lovingly rescued. The vineyard also plays host to art exhibits, cooking demonstrations, film festivals and benefit concerts which have featured Jimmy Cliff, Mary Wilson and Jimmy Buffett.
In 1978, The Entenmann Family agree to sell their family company and move on to greener pastures. One of Martha Clara’s sons, Robert Entenmann, purchased a potato farm and transformed it into a thoroughbred horse farm on the North Fork of Long Island. Throughout the years he enjoyed his horses and the beauty of the area. However, he couldn’t help but notice the changing landscape all around him. The neighboring potato farms began to give way to vineyards; it was just a matter of time before he would follow suit.
In 1995, Robert caught the grape bug and planted 18 acres of vitis vinifera grapes. Over the next four years his vineyard acreage grew to over 100 acres as he anxiously waited for the grapes to come to age.
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