Robert Palmer founded Palmer Vineyards in 1986 on a rolling parcel of gravelly farmland in Riverhead on the North Fork of Long Island. Since then, Palmer Vineyards has become a significant part of the Long Island wine industry. This reflects the efforts of the Palmer team as it strives to uphold Bob Palmer’s pledge of quality. “I’ve got to be careful,” Palmer says. “My name is on every bottle.” Each staff member contributes a unique factor, much the same as a winemaker selects the best of various lots to craft a special blend.
The fine seaside climate and soils of Long Island’s North Fork provide exceptional conditions for making world-class varietal wines. With more than 90 acres planted with Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc to supply the winery’s 16,000 annual case production, Palmer strives to preserve and enhance the purity of flavor and distinctive, fresh character which make the region’s wines so unique. Palmer operates a state-of-the art winery and each year purchases substantial new French oak cooperage for both barrel fermentation of its Chardonnay and the aging of its premium red varietals.
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