Let these deep draughts of enchanted wine Lift me in soarings high and far -Pindar (522-443 B.C.)
Wine has enchanted poets for centuries, and for good reason: like poetry, good wine can be an emotional experience, lifting the spirit and delighting the senses as it satisfies the soul.
At Pindar Vineyards, our award-winning wines are quite literally dreams come true. It was the dream of our founder, Dr. Herodotus “Dan” Damianos, that helped create the winemaking industry on Long Island in the early 1980’s. And that dream has, over nearly 30 years, turned Pindar Vineyards into Long Island’s best-known wine producer.
Today Pindar Vineyards encompasses more than 500 scenic acres. We grow 17 varieties of grapes, crafting them into some 23 varietals and proprietary blends. We produce 70,000 cases of wine a year, making us the largest vineyard on Long Island. But at heart we are still a family with a personal touch in every aspect of our business.
Pindar Vineyards is a labor of love for Dr. Dan and his family. Dr. Dan’s wife of over 40 years, Barbara, is an invaluable member of the business, spearheading charity efforts, working in the tasting room, and helping promote the wines to restaurants and other venues across Long Island. The three Damianos sons are respected winemakers in their own right: Alexander is owner and general manager Duck Walk Vineyards, Jason has launched his own vineyard, Jason’s Vineyard, and Pindar is Director of Vineyard Management at the winery that shares his name. Dr. Dan’s daughters, too, are actively involved in making Pindar Vineyards what it is today: Alethea is a key administrator in the business office and also works in the tasting rooms, while Eurydice promotes branding initiatives in her hometown -- New York City -- while maintaining her own medical practice.
Accompanied by his wife and children, Dr. Dan continues to dream, constantly striving to make Pindar Vineyards wines unique and unrivaled in their quality. We invite you to share the dream by enjoying a glass of our wine.
You can find our flagship winery on the North Fork of Long Island – in Peconic. Also, please join us at our Port Jefferson location, where we have a full tasting bar and wine shop.
Wine is... one of the most natural things of the world. - Ernest Hemingway
We at Pindar Vineyards are committed to being leaders in environmental stewardship and sustainable agriculture in every step of our operations, from the vineyards to the tasting rooms -- and even Dr. Dan’s personal car, a hybrid.
Our tasting room can accommodate 3,000 guests on a weekend, and this is where some of the winery’s first environmental efforts were focused. The tasting-room light bulbs are efficient compact fluorescents, tasting sheets are recycled, and tasting glasses are washed in a modern, high-efficiency dishwasher that uses a fraction of the water a conventional dishwasher does. The empty bottles from the tasting room are all recycled, and guests who purchase wine can even bring their corks back for recycling into corkboard and flooring.
“Every year you grow something you take a little out of the soil,” says Pindar Damianos, “So it’s important you give it back.” In that spirit we have pioneered the movement away from chemical fertilizers and pesticides with a massive composting operation that benefits both our grapes and our community. The winery combines lawn clippings from dozens of local landscapers, fish parts from a local seafood wholesaler, and our own grape skins into massive piles so imposing Dr. Dan calls them “The Himalayas.” The piles are tended and turned for months to create rich compost, which we spread on top of Long Island’s sandy soil to create the perfect environment for our grapes. With this system our vines are thriving, and tons of organic waste are being returned to the earth instead of wasted in landfills. Read more about our successful composting operation in a recent article that was published by the Concord Monitor in March of 2008: Vineyards go organic.
We are always looking for new ways to lessen our environmental footprint, and we are tapping into Long Island itself to do so. The winery at Pindar, like its cousin Duck Walk, is being converted to a geothermal heating and cooling system for its wine-making tanks using well water from deep beneath the vineyards that then returns to the earth, a zero-emissions system that is reducing our use of fossil fuels.
We believe that by taking care of the environment, Pindar Vineyards is rewarded with exceptional grapes that we transform into our delicious wine.
WINERY HOURS OF OPERATION
The Winery is open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for sales and until 5:30 p.m. for tastings. To make your visit to Pindar Vineyards more enjoyable for everyone:
Inside the Tasting Room ~
Wine by the glass is available for purchase, no open bottles of wine are allowed inside the tasting room.
Cheese & crackers and snacks are available as well, please no outside food inside the tasting room.
No animals/pets (except service animals), as per the NYS Dept of Health.
Outside on our Deck, Pavilion and lawn area ~
If you are purchasing Pindar wine to consume on our deck or pavilion, you may bring a picnic lunch or snack.
No other beverages may be brought on to site. Soft drinks and water are available to purchase.
You must have purchased Pindar wine at the winery to use our outside area.
Dogs/pets must be kept on a leash outdoors at all times.
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