Past, present, future.
KIP & SUSAN BEDELL PLANTED THEIR FIRST GRAPEVINES HERE IN 1980, WITH KIP EARNING THE MONIKER “MR. MERLOT” IN WINE SPECTATOR MAGAZINE. IN 2000, BEDELL CELLARS WAS SOLD TO MICHAEL LYNNE, THE ESTEEMED FILM EXECUTIVE AND ART COLLECTOR. TODAY, BEDELL STANDS AT THE FOREFRONT OF CREATIVITY AND EXCELLENCE IN THE MODERN AMERICAN WINE INDUSTRY, AND IS WIDELY REGARDED AS THE BENCHMARK WINERY IN THE EASTERN U.S.
Bedell Cellars Founder Kip Bedell, planting his very first grapevine in 1980
Founder Kip Bedell (right) with Marvin Shanken, Publisher of Wine Spectator toasting over a glass of Merlot in the Bedell Vineyard (1993). Early recognition from key publications such as Wine Spectator helped raise the profile of the nascent Long Island winegrowing region.
The Bedell Cellars Tasting Room as it appeared in the 1980s and 90s
Bedell Cellars Vineyard Manager Dave Thompson working the tractor in the 1980s. He pioneered many sustainable-minded vineyard techniques tailored for Long Island’s climate – considered revolutionary at that time but now widely practiced throughout the industry. Dave remains in the same position today and knows every vine at Bedell Cellars like the back of his hand.
Bedell Cellars Winemaker Richard Olsen-Harbich working his first vintage on Long Island in 1983 after finishing his plant science degree at Cornell University. Rich wrote the Long Island American Viticultural Area application to the federal government and won approval for the new appellation in 1984.
The Lynne Family (Michael, Ninah and Jonathan) shortly after purchasing Bedell Cellars in 2000.