Mattebella Vineyards is a small family farm, located in the State of New York’s oldest town, Southold (established in 1640), on the eastern end of Long Island. Our single vineyard is a gently sloping 22 acre parcel of land located on the Main Road (Route 25 on the North Fork of Long Island). Our vineyard has predominantly European clones of grape varietals, tight spacing (6×3), and low vigor rootstock.
The crafting of our wines begins in the Vineyard. At Mattebella Vineyards we do things the old fashion way, by hand. We do not use mechanical harvesters or leaf removal equipment. Fine wines are difficult to make consistently if mechanized harvesters and other machines are introduced into the process. Machines simply cannot execute our commitment to quality and make the decisions we consistently must make throughout the growing season. Our hand crafting includes fruit thinning to ensure even ripening and higher quality concentrated juice, leaf pulling, weed removal, pruning, canopy management and, importantly, hand harvesting of all our fruit.
Mattebella Vineyards is committed to using sustainable viticulturural practices, while incorporating as many organic practices as possible into our farming methods. We seek to find new solutions to old problems by maximizing the health of the vineyard. In committing to a healthy, responsible approach, we hope to make a footprint in your memory but not on the environment.
Some of the vineyard practices that are used at Mattebella include:
- using biodiesel fuel to run all of its tractors
- relying solely on under the row tilling to eliminate the use of all herbicides
- using organic fertilizers
- using fish emulsion and kelp for foliar feeding
- using either organically approved fungicides or those considered “low impact” by experts
- using naturally occurring plants as a cover crop to increase the biodiversity of the vineyard
Our goal is not just to create an environment in the vineyard which is as natural as possible, but to make wines where customers can taste the difference.