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Bedell’s vineyards are located on the North Fork of Long Island, an American Viticultural Area which is defined by federal guidelines written by our very own winemaker, Rich Olsen-Harbich. Many of these grapevines are 30 years old, an age when they begin producing more concentrated fruit and have deep sub-soil root systems, allowing them to grow and ripen fruit without being as affected by the localized, above-ground weather conditions. This aerial tour takes you through our estate vineyards at Bedell Cellars, Wells Road, and Corey Creek. You may pause the video at any time to click on a vineyard site for detailed information on variety planted, vine age, and acreage.

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Our wines are made from grapes that we grow ourselves on three vineyard sites totaling approximately 80 planted acres: Bedell Home Vineyard on the Main Road in Cutchogue behind our winery and tasting room; Corey Creek Vineyards on Main Road in Southold, adjacent to the Corey Creek tasting room; and Wells Road Vineyard on Main Road in Peconic.

Click on the images below for enlarged maps of each vineyard site with grape cultivar and acreage information.


Bedell Cellars - Vineyards

Our Vineyard Manager, Dave Thompson, is one of the pioneers of sustainable viticulture on Long Island. He implemented many sustainable-minded field practices in the 1980s, considered revolutionary at that time but now widely practiced throughout the industry. Dave also helped write the Long Island sustainability guidelines for Cornell University's Vine Balance Initiative, a "best practices" handbook for sustainable grape growing in New York State. There are several other ways we have worked for the public interest through a sustainability-minded vineyard program:
  
  • All three of Bedell's vineyard sites have been preserved "forever in agriculture" because we transferred our real estate development rights to Suffolk County.
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  • We participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentive Program and Conservation Security Program, which rewards good land stewardship through nutrient, pest and cropland management, natural windbreaks, and non-planted wildlife buffer areas.
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  • We have a long history as an industry partner with Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, and served as a vineyard site for leaf-pulling and botrytis spray timing trials and organic fertilizer (peanut meal) trials.


  • Each of our three unique vineyard sites is a holistic ecological system. We maintain viticultural practices that produce the highest quality fruit possible, while also being sensitive to the environment and financially viable over time. We keep the system in balance through a series of vineyard "best practices," finely tuned over the past 30 years:
      
  • We established a dense cover crop of grasses, fescues, and clovers between the rows of grapevines to maintain high biological species diversity in the vineyard. These row-middle cover crops also reduce soil erosion and promote symbiotic relationships between plants and beneficial insects.
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  • We minimize off-farm inputs such as agricultural chemicals to protect the farmer, the environment, and society at large.
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  • We avoid or minimize the use of synthetic fertilizers, instead encouraging responsible natural stewardship of soil health, fertility, and stability.
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  • If we have to spray a fungicide to control a specific grapevine pathogen such as powdery mildew, we use one with the lowest possible environmental impact.
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  • We compost all natural by-products of grape pressing and fermentations and return them to the vineyard soil.
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  • We avoid or minimize agricultural chemicals that do not biodegrade and might build-up in the soil over time.
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  • We scout the vineyard for insects using Integrated Pest Management principles and economic threshold evaluation to eliminate or minimize insecticide use.
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  • We encourage a natural flow of ecosystem elements through the presence of Bluebird houses, honey bee hives, and deer migration corridors.


  • At Bedell, we employ sustainable, ecological viticulture to ensure the highest quality fruit without unnecessary, high-risk practices. We grow grapes for our own unique environmental conditions - the first step toward a pure expression of local terroir in our wines.

    Our wines are made from grapes that we grow ourselves on three vineyard sites totaling approximately 80 planted acres: Bedell Home Vineyard on the Main Road in Cutchogue behind our winery and tasting room; Corey Creek Vineyards on Main Road in Southold, adjacent to the Corey Creek tasting room; and Wells Road Vineyard on Main Road in Peconic.