ABOUT CASTELLO DI BORGHESE VINEYARD & WINERY
North Fork, Long Island, NY
It's altogether fitting that, when Long Island's oldest and most respected winery was up for sale some years ago, it caught the eye of a cosmopolitan Philadelphia couple who loved wine, had a respect for tradition and whose own noble roots dated back to ninth-century Italy - Marco and Ann Marie Borghese. See the video by Marco introducing you to the North Fork, Long Island Wine Region.
Since 1999, the first vineyard on the North Fork has been in the creative hands of Prince Marco and Princess Ann Marie Borghese, who promptly renamed it Castello di Borghese -- Castle of the Borgheses. The 2003 season marked the 30th anniversary of this founding vineyard of the Long Island wine industry. Ann Marie and Marco continue to apply new levels of energy, watching the vineyard evolve graciously under their stewardship.
The new owners have expanded the vineyard in Long Island, redesigned the tasting room and set up a cafe-like seating area, one indoors and another outdoors, to allow people a greater degree of relaxation when tasting the ever-expanding selection of Castello di Borghese wines. The year 2001, for example, marked the debut of a new label, the Borghese Meritage, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Contrary to other owners who prefer to operate behind the scenes, the Borgheses actually enjoy greeting visitors to their “castello,” often taking time to join in, or even lead, the many wine tastings held in their newly updated tasting room. “By being out front we can provide our customers with a better idea of what we're trying to achieve in our wines,” says Ann Marie. "We also like sharing the experience, to see their expressions when tasting our new vintages for the first time."
Winners of numerous international awards, Castello di Borghese Vineyard and Winery has earned widespread respect.
WHAT'S BEING SAID. . .
I am writing you today because my husband Jesse brought home Castello di Borghese's Cabernet Franc after his visit to your winery. We enjoyed your wine with a beautiful Italian dinner and were enchanted. Your Cabernet Franc is one of the best domestic wines I've had of that varietal. We know that your Cabernet Franc will complement and appease our customers as well as most Rhode Island wine drinker's palates. It has a balance of fruit and structure that I found to be friendly with or without food.
Last year we visited your winery and brought home your late harvest Chardonnay which we found to be fresh, hearty and delightful. I am a fan of late harvest wines. However, I was pleasantly surprised to experience the bright burst on my palate that your Chardonnay offers from a north east winery. Needless to say, we have become fans of your wines and would like the opportunity to make our customers fall in love as well.
Anne F. Sage, Owner, Sage Cellars, Inc. 1/01/2012
I opened a bottle of your Petit Chateau last night (saturday) had a glass. It was delicious. The next night I had another glass and it was even better. On friday, thinking the bottle wouldn't have been good, I tried one last glass. It was different but still really good. That wine has great structure. wow!
Richard, Fort Greene, 11/23/2010
We decided to open your wine almost five years to the date from when purchased. We bought it during our 30th Anniversary weekend, which was spent on the North Fork touring wonderful places like yours. So we decided that our 35th (Nov 8) was a perfect time. It was, with no question, the finest wine we've ever tasted coming out of this area or New York State . Full bodied, smooth, a pleasure to look at, smell and yes.... taste. You should be very proud of your creation. Thanks for the enjoyment.
Wayne and Cara Elliot, 11/17/2010
"I had friends attending the David Amram, Jazz on the Vine concert last weekend and the feedback is worth your while hearing. They raved about the beautiful setting and cheese plates and wine, as well as the music. The atmosphere created was remarkable. I'm sure they are right! You do a wonderful thing with the resources you have been blessed with."
Lorraine Zito, Mattituck, NY 2/27/2010
"Wanted to stop by and thank you both for an exquiste evening at Amano's on Sunday. It is the 2nd such pairing dinner my wife & I attended of yours. This time we brought a few friends. Orchestrated with timely and cordial detail, the pairings were sensational & delectable."
Tom & Maria Elena Clifford, Floral Park, NY 1/31/2010
"Just finished my last bottle of your wonderful Sauvignon Blanc, which is unlike any Sauv Blanc or any wine I've ever tasted. Talk about terroir! It is truly impressive to find an East Coast winery that does so much so well. I hope to visit you again soon in the next decade, with a lot more room in the trunk! Thanks again for your generous hospitality and for such great wine."
Marty Falls, 12/31/2009
"Thanks - the wine came. We had it on Saturday - I made a lobster pasta with a sherry sauce
(NYTimes recipe). I was concerned the sherry sauce might overwhelm the wine. It didn't - the wine had plenty of acidity and depth to accompany the meat. The wine was very Mersault like- quite nice - one of the best Chards I've had from Long Island. Keep up the good work and again thanks. I'll be sure to stop by and stock up." Forest Markowitz, NY 12/10/2009
"My wife and I were able to visit your vineyards this past summer when we traveled to Long Island. We have been enjoying your wines all along but when we served the Reisling and Cabernet Franc this Thanksgiving, wow is what we heard from our guests. Long Island, they said, no way. This has to be European wine. Needless to say, we can't wait to come visit again and get another case." Wayne Heike, Massachusetts 11/30/2009
"Good morning. Last week, I bought some rose' from two lovely ladies at the Rockefeller Center market. I can honestly say it was the best rose' I have ever had, and I've been through a bunch, including the bandols.
I can certainly buy it on line, and I will. Thanks for introducing me to something wonderful. I should have bought more than the two bottles."
Norman Hanson, NY 08/12/2009
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Please remember there are no outside alcoholic beverages permitted on the property.
Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery
Route 48 (Sound Ave) and Alvah's Lane; P.O. Box 957 · Cutchogue, New York 11935
Tel. (631) 734-5111 · Toll Free (800) 734-5158 · Fax. (631) 734-5485
Email Us at BorgheseVineyard.com
Tasting Room HoursThursday to Monday 11am - 5:30pm
Tuesday & Wednesday 12 noon - 5pm
(located behind Esprit de France Bldg.)
740 Main Road, Aquebogue, New York 11931
Tel. (631) 779-3404
Reopening April 1st
From 4/1 to 5/15 open on Sat and Sun 11am to 5pm
From 5/16 to Oct 31 open every day 11am to 5pm
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Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery
Route 48 (Sound Ave) and Alvah’s Lane; P.O. Box 957
Cutchogue, New York 11935
Tel. (631) 734-5111 or outside NY 800-734-5158
Fax. (631) 734-5485