The tasting room at Kontokosta Winery. (Credit: Randee Daddona)
Choosing the exact coordinates for Kontokosta Winery’s tasting room was no arbitrary decision.
To find them, brothers and business owners Michael and Constantine Kontokosta set out on the Greenport property one day with a yardstick, some duct tape and a ladder in search of the perfect sightline to the bluff at the edge of their 62-acre property.
“We’d put the ladder down. Step up a few rungs and say, ‘Nope. It’s got to come over a few feet,’ ” said Michael Kontokosta, who also has the added surveying advantage of being 6-foot-4.
It took about an hour and quite a bit of bickering, but the brothers finally pinpointed what would be the center of the stately yet modern structure.
“We said, OK, everything starts from this point,” he said.
When asked if he thinks he made the correct decision, he doesn’t even pause: “I know we got it right.” (more…)
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