Bedell Cellars - Perfecting The Art Of WineBedell Cellars - Our Winery
At Bedell, our overall philosophy of winemaking is to exist at the forefront of creativity, expression, and style. We do this in part by blending wines from various vineyard sites and grape varieties using 100% estate grown fruit from the North Fork of Long Island AVA. But we also follow a series of best practices that our Winemaker, Rich Olsen-Harbich, and Founding Winemaker, Kip Bedell, have fine-tuned through their experience making wine on Long Island the past 30 years:
  
  • We minimize intervention and manipulation of the fruit on its way to becoming wine by utilizing a gentle, gravity-driven process at harvest. This leads to a more careful extraction of flavors from the grapes, less potential shearing of bitter seeds, and is more consistent with the ancient historical tradition of making wine.
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  • We ferment our wines naturally, using our own indigenous yeast found in our own vineyard, on the skins our fruit, and in our cellar, rather than importing commercial yeast from a bioengineering firm in a faraway place.
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  • Our wines are crafted carefully and gently, using the most natural techniques possible, utilizing gravity and natural settling techniques for clarification.
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  • We do not use sugar, acids, or other additives, so our wines sincerely reflect the place of their birth.
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  • We employ authentic winemaking methods and materials, including the use of human labor over machines, hand-coopered real oak barrels, and natural corks.
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  • Our wines are crafted in the North Fork style: minimal oak, moderate alcohol, and refreshing acidity.

  • As a result of these sustainable, natural winemaking practices, our wines express remarkably focused aromas and flavors similar to the indigenous fruits, herbs, and ecosystem elements of the North Fork. Bedell's white wines express a unique saline minerality and contain aromas of indigenous plants such as chamomile, violet, honeysuckle, wild rose, and thyme, all combined with the bright fresh acidity resulting from growing grapes in a maritime climate.

    Bedell's red wines also derive many flavors from indigenous fruits and plants from the North Fork, such as beach plum, wild strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, violets, hickory, clover, cedar, sassafras, and brambles. These aromas and flavors are evident along with an earthy, gravelly quality of wet beach stones. These flavors are unique to our region, and our goal - our devotional responsibility - is to protect and showcase these indigenous flavors on their journey from the earth to the vine to the bottle.