The philosophy behind the care and management of the vineyard has made it one of the most sustainable event locations on the East Coast. Barbara Shinn and David Page take an immense amount of pride in connecting with the surrounding nature, and they invite the guests to do the same. After purchasing the estate in 1998, they knew their goal was to reconnect with nature. The Tuthill homestead in Mattituck, New York allowed them space to plant 20 acres of grapevines for the purpose of building an estate winery and bed and breakfast. It has since been named one of the top wine destinations in the country.
In 2010, solar and wind power were added to the estate, which propelled them to become the first on the East Coast to be powered by alternative energy. The vineyard and gardens are kept by using holistic farming techniques, utilizing nature's own systems such as beneficial insects and biodynamic growing techniques. Guests are invited to learn about these practices with the available tours, which include self-guided and guided on the weekends. It should be noted that young adults and children age 14 and older are welcome with an accompanying non-drinking adult parent.
The Wine Library and Barrel Cellar are yet another surprise for guests seeking to enrich their knowledge of holistic spirit making. Tours are available every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm allowing patrons to witness first hand the barrel aging techniques. Delicious wines are poured after the tour, and the cost is $25 for six or more guests.
The Wine Library is exactly as it sounds: a room encasing a variety of vintage bottles set aside for special aging. The atmosphere is cozy with wooden tables, lavish chairs, and marble counters. Artisan cheese platters can be added with private reservations for this room or combination of wine tastings at varying costs depending on guest choice.
For those who wish to experience everything the estate has to offer, the Full Experience tour can be purchased. Beginning with a guided tour by Barbara Shinn, guests can learn about the sustainability practiced on-site, biodynamic winegrowing, and the philosophy of the owners. A private tasting at the Barrel Cellar follows as guests are introduced to the gravity fed cellar. The tour then circles back to the tasting room, allowing guests to taste a selection of the current wines. The tour lasts about 2 hours, at $75 per person with a minimum charge of $300. Cancellations should be given with 24-hour notice.
The estate has been named as one of the top destinations for wine lovers by multiple magazines, and it is utterly unique in its philosophy. The sacredness of nature is something the owners stand by and respect in the sustainability of their winemaking and business structure. Anyone who steps into such an atmosphere would surely feel the same.
Rooms start at $169 per night.
2000 Oregon Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952website,
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