Paumanok Vineyards

Paumanok Chenin Blanc 2023

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This Chenin Blanc from the North Fork is fresh, crisp, racy, and bracing—not what many folks think of when it comes to the average wine from Long Island. However, Paumanok Vineyards is far from average. Solar-powered and certified sustainable, the winery, which was founded in 1983, consists of 32 hectares stretching across mineral rich sandy, loamy soils. This wine is medium-bodied and generous on the palate, slightly off-dry, and filled with mouthwatering hints of apple, guava, grapefruit, pineapple, melon, and a hint of sea salt. This wine is a no brainer with fish dishes, salads, and evenings on the stoop with friends. 

Paumanok Vineyards

Located in Aquebogue, Paumanok Vineyards, a 32-hectare estate, was founded in 1983 by the husband and wife team of Ursula and Charles Massoud. The winery takes its name from the name used for Long Island by the indigenous peoples who lived there centuries before the arrival of European settlers. Born and raised in the “Old World” — Charles in Lebanon and Ursula in the Pfalz, Germany — wine had always been a part of their lives. Separately and together they dreamed of becoming vintners themselves, and quickly fell in love with the terroir of New York’s North Fork after learning about the work of  about winemakers Alex and Louisa Hargrave. The couple planted their vineyards to Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Albariño, Melon de Bourgogne, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Pinot Noir.

Today, Ursula and Charles’ son Kareem has taken over winemaking at the estate. His brothers also work on the estate, Nabeel as the vineyard manager, and Salim as head administrator. All wines are made with estate fruit and the production is limited to fewer than 12,000 cases. Paumanok Vineyards is not only a 100% solar powered winery, but also is certified sustainable by Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing (LISW), the first organization of its kind on the east coast.


New York, United States

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