East End: Harvest season at Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue
Fall is not only a beautiful time of year, it's also a busy time of year for East End farms, including vineyards. News 12's Doug Geed took a look at the grape harvest at Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue.
The end of the growing season means the beginning of the next step in the wine-making process. Grapes brought in from the field are crushed for their juice. That juice will be sent to huge steel tanks, barrels or both before reaching its final destination in bottles.
And a major factor in how good that wine will be, is how good the growing season was. Zander Hargrave is the winemaker at Pellegrini. In the early 1970s, his parents took, what was considered, a big risk by planting grapes on the East End to make wine. Today, more than 50 area vineyards and wineries make up a multimillion dollar industry.
The winery itself was designed by Bob Pellegrini, also a respected pioneer from the early days of Long Island winemaking. His widow Joyce now oversees operations.
Tasting flights, glasses or bottles of wine are served tableside in different areas throughout the sprawling property.