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The outdoor tasting area at Mattebella Vineyards in Southold. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Mattebella Vineyards will be reopening for the season Saturday, March 21, marking the Southold boutique winery’s 10th year in operation.

The tasting cottage opens at 11 a.m. and will be open on weekends through the remainder of March. Through April, the cottage will be open Mondays through Thursdays as well.

Mattebella will be opened seven days a week come May 1.

As reported in a previous profile, the off-Main Road winery is like a shot of espresso along the wine trail.

It wakes you up, warms you up, and maybe even boosts your energy.

That feeling could be the because of their wine, or it might be the cozy tasting cottage —  it might even be the owner, Mark Tobin, and his larger than life presence.

A dirt driveway leads to the winery’s tasting cottage, which holds just enough space for a sturdy table and bench, wine, and you and a few friends.

People might come for the wine, but they stay for the ambiance. The outdoor patio, complete with blazing fire pits, is meant to keep you cozy even in the cooler months.

“When people come here, everyone interacts with each other and before you know it people are talking with one another and sharing wine,” Mr. Tobin said in a 2011 interview. “It makes it cozy.”

What started as a hobby in his garage, turned into a serious passion for Mr. Tobin and his wife, Chris.

Mr. Tobin, who is a lawyer based in Miami, travels back and forth between states every week to be with his wife and two children, Matthew and Isabella, for which the Vineyard is named.

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Photo credit: Vera Chinese