Our Founder - Visionary, Businessman & Realist
First and foremost, Christian Wölffer was a man with great creative vision and a huge passion for life. Over time he applied both to complete a place where people could visit, enjoy and feel a part of the experience. That place – Wölffer Estate Vineyard & Stables - was Christian’s realization of a lifelong dream and a true labor of love.
The quintessential entrepreneur, he was a master at managing an array of international enterprises. His career encompassed investment banking, venture capital, real estate, agriculture, and entertainment parks. But it was the world of wine that captured his heart.
This accomplished Hamburg-born international businessman was most at home at his Eastern Long Island retreat in the heart of the Hamptons. He purchased the land in 1978 as a 14-acre parcel with a farmhouse surrounded by potato fields. By 1987, Christian Wölffer had founded his vineyard near this very site.
Now over 20 years later, Christian’s one-time weekend getaway on the East End’s South Shore spans more than 170 acres and includes his acclaimed 55-acre Wölffer Estate Vineyard as well as his home, stables, and grazing land for his thoroughbreds. The 100-acre Wölffer Estate Stables, an extraordinary equestrian center used for training, schooling, year-round boarding, and instruction, is an 80-stall facility with the largest indoor riding ring on the East Coast.
After Christian’s untimely passing on New Years Eve in 2008, Wölffer Estate honors his legacy by continuing to produce elegant, fashionable, food friendly wines. However, this is always done with a flair of extraordinary style and creativity that was Christian Wölffer’s signature trademark and continues as a source of inspiration for all who visit or work at Wölffer Estate Vineyard & Stables.