The wine industry was abuzz this year as several wineries continued to be listed for sale in 2021.
At Terra Vite Winery & Vineyard in Jamesport — the former site of Diliberto Winery — some traditions remain as Italy meets the North Fork under new owners Jacqui and Greg Goodale.
The couple, both Riverhead natives, purchased the vineyard in February and transformed the tasting room using reclaimed and repurposed pieces with help from Brooke Cantone of Lumber and Salt.
Ms. Goodale, who earned a degree in Italian Studies from NYU and has lived and worked in Florence, Italy, has described the new venture as a dream come true.
The winery brought on Kelly Koch as winemaker, who was previously at Macari Vineyards, as well as Jessy Fusco, Ms. Goodale’s sister and a certified sommelier, as general manager. They officially opened their doors Memorial Day weekend.
Since opening, the winery has hosted unique events with a focus on wine education.
The transaction was one of several winery sales in recent years. This year, besides the Dilberto sale, Laurel Lake Vineyards was purchased by TV newsman Dan Abrams and is expected to reopen as Ev & Em. Several vineyards, including Osprey’s Dominion, Bedell Cellars and Vineyard 48 remain on the market.
The Terra Vite property, which features two acres of planted vines, a tasting room and home, was first listed on the market for $2 million in August 2020.
Former owner Sal Diliberto first planted vines on the property in the 1990s and began producing wine on site in 2001. The tasting room opened to the public in 2007.
In an interview earlier this year, Diliberto said it was time to look ahead to his future, which includes plans to continue practicing law as well as travel.
He said he feels fortunate to have connected with the Goodales. “They’re young, energetic and I see a lot of potential in the future for them to not only continue what we started but to grow it.”