A sustainable vineyard in
the heart of the Hamptons

 

The Roots

The Roots

 

Founder Christian Wölffer was a man with great creative vision and a huge passion for life. Over time he applied both to create a place where people could visit, enjoy and take part in a memorable experience. That place—Wölffer Estate Vineyard & Stables—was the realization of Christian's lifelong dream and a true labor of love.

30 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 Year's Eve in 2008, his children, Joey and Marc Wölffer, and Winemaker/Partner Roman Roth, continue his legacy - producing elegant, fashionable, food-friendly wines and keeping very much alive the extraordinary style and creativity that was Christian's trademark.

 

The Vineyard & Winemaking

The Vineyard & Winemaking

 

Winemaking is at the heart of all we do at Wölffer. The process begins in the vines, where Vineyard Manager Richie Pisacano meticulously manages our 55 pristine acres of vines. We grow Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and small lots of Trebbiano, Pinot Noir and Vignole. We use sustainable farming practices and are proud to have been certified for the 4th year in a row as one of the few vineyards recognized by Long Island Sustainable Winemaking Association. Winemaker & Partner Roman Roth makes Wölffer wine using traditional techniques, but always with an eye toward innovation. His goals are to make wines that are food-friendly, elegant and built for longevity. All our wines are made using estate-grown or locally-sourced fruit, and our Dry White and Rosé ciders are made from New York state apples, sourced from the Halsey Apple Orchard and other growers that meet the Halseys' high standards.

 

Christian Wölffer

Christian Wölffer

 

The quintessential entrepreneur, Christian Wölffer 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. 

 

Joey Wölffer

Joey Wölffer

 

In June 2009, Joey Wölffer created the luxury accessories boutique on wheels, The Styleliner. Rebranded just as Joey Wölffer in 2017, she remains at the forefront of mobile accessories and is constantly expanding the Joey Wölffer brand nationwide. Joey travels the world finding limited-edition pieces that she then curates in her shops, creating a unique shopping experience.

Joey began her career as a jewelry designer for Meems LTC, providing accessories for several High Street stores in the UK, later becoming a jewelry designer for Nine West, as well as Trend Director for all of The Jones Group. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Human and Organizational Development. Her favorite days are still spent in the Hamptons, riding her horse Antenov and spending time with her husband Max Rohn and daughters Nell Christiana, named after her father and founder Christian Wölffer, and Evie Jardin, just born in December 2017.  

 

Marc Wölffer

Marc Wölffer

 

Marc Wölffer undoubtedly inherited his father’s passion for business - his career expertise has spanned the international restaurant, real estate and wine industries simultaneously. Born in Mexico City, Marc moved to Germany as a youth where he attended Munich International School. After graduation he did an apprenticeship in banking and later received an undergraduate degree in Hotel Management at Cesar Ritz in Switzerland. He trained at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok and the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong. Afterwards he acquired his masters degree at the Cornell University program in Paris. Marc has managed restaurants in Manhattan and Havana, Cuba, and was hired by his father as the Food and Beverage Manager at the Sea Life theme park in Hawaii.

Currently residing in Salzberg, Austria, with his four children, Marc has opened three restaurants and is developing apartments in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. In addition to Wölffer Estate in the Hamptons, Marc also owns vineyards in Spain and Mendoza, Argentina, where Finca Wölffer Rosé and Finca Brau are grown, aged and bottled.

 

Roman Roth

Roman Roth

 

A gifted winemaker, Roman Roth can often be heard singing in an enviable tenor voice amid the barrels in the winery. But most of all, he gives "voice" to his wines, produced by experience that covers three continents and stems from the dream of a 16-year-old boy in Rottweil in Germany's Black Forest.

Roman began a three-year apprenticeship at the Kaiserstuhl Wine Cooperative Oberrotweil while attending technical school as a teenager. Following that, he traveled to the United States, working at the Saintsbury Estate in California, then to New South Wales, Australia, at Rosemount Estate. Returning to Germany, he became a winemaker at Winzerkeller Wiesloch near Heidelberg and earned his Master Winemaker and Cellar Master Degree from the College for Oenology and Viticulture in Weinsberg.

In 1992, Roman became the first winemaker at Wölffer Estate Vineyard. He established the estate’s distinctive character —European elegance combined with the typicity of Long Island terroir. He has dedicated himself to promoting not only the wines of Wölffer Estate but of Long Island, where he has consulted with numerous vineyards and is currently the President of the Long Island Wine Council.

Roman's contribution to quality winemaking on Long Island was recognized at the 2003 East End Food & Wine Awards (judged by the American Sommelier Society), where he was named Winemaker of the Year. Recent honors include Wine Enthusiast rating the Descencia Botrytis Riesling-Chardonnay 2015 with a spot on its "Top 100 Wines of 2016" list; the 2013 White Horse Red collection all receiving 90 points and higher by the Wine Advocate (including a 94+ for Christian's Cuvee, making it the highest-rated wine in Long Island history); Wine Spectator selecting The Grapes of Roth Merlot 2010 for its "Top 100 Wines of 2015" list; Perle Chardonnay 2012 being served at The White House for President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany; and Diosa and Descencia 2012 dessert wines each earning 94 points in Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate.

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