Sannino Vineyard opened the doors to its new eco-friendly winery and tasting room in early September.
The family, including co-owners Anthony and Lisa Sannino, along with their daughter Marisa, who serves as director of operations, were glad to put the final touches on the roughly 6,000-square-foot winery operation when we caught up with them just before opening day, which marked the end of a four-year process of building the new winery.
The move allowed the Sanninos, who already operate a bed-and-breakfast and a vineyard on the 8.9-acre property off Route 48 and Alvah’s Lane, to sell, bottle, store and produce wines at one location for the first time.
The Cutchogue tasting house has a rustic-meets-modern vibe, with exposed natural wood elements contrasted by concrete floors, cement bar tops and industrial metal accents.
The tasting room also includes a wall of retractable windows that leads out to a patio area overlooking the vines and the B&B, which is also the Sanninos’ personal homestead.
“This space is always going to be evolving,” Lisa told us in September. “We want it to be a reflection of us. It is not ultra-modern. It is down-to-earth.”
Mr. Sannino, a contractor for 30 years, built the tasting room to be one of the most efficient wineries in the northeast. He said the eco-friendly construction methods go hand in hand with the winery’s farming and winemaking practices.
Sannino Vineyard, located at 15975 Route 48 in Cutchogue, is currently open Sunday-Thursday until 5:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 6:30 p.m.