Hip, hip rosé! The long-awaited reopening of Croteaux Vineyards’ Southold tasting room officially occurred in mid-August.
More than a year after a zoning decision forced its closure, the popular South Harbor Road tasting room has opened its doors seven days a week under new ownership.
Two years after purchasing Shinn Estate Vineyards in Mattituck, New Jersey financier Randy Frankel teamed up with Kristen and Daniel Pennessi, owners of The Menhaden hotel in Greenport, to purchase Croteaux.
Frankel has kept Croteaux founder Michael Croteau on as a consultant.
“Croteaux has always had a great atmosphere and we’re happy to be keeping it alive,” Frankel told us this summer. “There wasn’t anything to change, so we just want to keep it as a place where everyone can visit and have a great experience.”
The Southold tasting barn’s outdoor lounge is a favorite among wine lovers for its bright, intimate setting with cozy seating areas covered by vibrant orange umbrellas and a pebbled courtyard garden surrounded by historic barns.
Founded in 2003, Croteaux is the nation’s only winery that produces exclusively rosé made from estate-grown merlot, cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc grapes. The winery currently has nine rosé wines and Frankel has continued to produce rosé only.
While the tasting room was closed, Croteaux operated out of its “Rosé on the Run” truck, which popped up at both The Menhaden and Shinn Estate Vineyards prior to the sale.
Croteaux Vineyards, located at 1450 South Harbor Road in Southold, is open daily from noon to 6:30 p.m.