While wine may get better with age, it never hurts to spruce up. Here, take a peek inside Laurel Lake Vineyards' upcoming rebrand and reno.
Built in 1996, Laurel Lake Vineyards lies in the heart of the Long Island wine country with its Colonialstyle build and natural beauty. In pursuit of the highest-end whites, reds and rosés, owner Dan Abrams, alongside managing partner, sommelier and wine author Vanessa Price, will rebrand and remodel the classic vineyard into a luxurious winery under the new name of Ev&Em. “I’m so excited to invest in the North Fork and this vineyard with the goal of creating a new luxury Long Island wine,” says Abrams. “Expanding into the wine business has long been a passion of mine, and this winery presented a perfect opportunity to create an experience that both local residents and seasonal guests will enjoy.”
For phase one, the restructuring of the tasting room will be the piece de resistance of the remodel. The room will overlook the vineyard with exposed views of the fermenting grape juice tanks in production and barrels of aging wine to spotlight the bespoke artistry of the winery. Even with the interior updates, the soul of the building and its classic Colonial style—something Abrams first fell in love with—will live on. “The design updates will allow guests to enjoy the natural beauty of the property and provide luxurious, spacious seating in the blissfully simple yet majestic setting,” says Price. Once the remodel is complete, guests can be fully immersed in the winemaking process with tours, tastings, seminars and opportunities to participate in the harvest.
The best part yet? The interiors are not the only thing getting a facelift. In fact, the renovation goes far beyond the walls with equipment upgrades to help assist winemaker Juan Sepulveda in the quality of the wines, vines and overall health of the vineyard. To top it off , while some of the vines are nearly hitting the prime age of 40, Abrams and Price are taking it one step further by planting new vines, ensuring the quality of grapes for years to come.
With cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay and pinot gris already on the tasting room’s shelf, it’s safe to say that the new label has some big shoes to fill. “The first few seasons will be focused on rejuvenating and upgrading the vineyard and production capabilities,” explains Abrams. They are in it for the long haul, and with overall quality as the priority, they note that it could be several years until all of the new Ev&Em wines are available. After all, good things take time. Until then, stop by the vineyard and celebrate what is to come with sweet sips of current Laurel Lake favorites. 3165 Main Road, Laurel
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