03/07/19 6:01am

Ami Opisso on the East Wind carousel with her children. (Credit: David Benthal)

A lot was happening at Lieb Cellars in 2013.

The Cutchogue winery, which was founded 21 years earlier as Lieb Family Cellars, had just been sold to an investment firm, making it Long Island’s first publicly traded winery. Less than a decade earlier, the company had also launched a sister label, Bridge Lane Wine, which was still in need of its own identity. (more…)

04/24/18 6:53am

A scene from the annual North Fork Rosé Crawl. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

A date has been announced for one of the more popular annual winery events of spring.

The third annual North Fork Rosé Crawl is back on Saturday, June 9 in celebration of National Rosé Day. The self-guided tour offers tastes of rosé and rosé-themed treats at four North Fork wineries. This years stops include Bridge Lane Wine, Palmer Vineyards, Lenz Winery and The Tap Room at Corey Creek. (more…)

07/27/17 10:55am

The Bridge Lane Wine lineup is full of crowd-pleasers, not only because of their taste and price point, but because they are sold in bottle, box and keg.

So how could this company, the sister label of Lieb Cellars, expand its fan-favorite party and travel-friendly offerings?

The obvious answer would be cans. (more…)

11/18/15 6:00am
The team at Lieb Cellars: (back row from left) controller Dayna Corlito, tasting room associate Julia King, tasting room manager Alicia Ekeler-Valle, CFO Dave Sanatore and marketing and wine club manager Dana Kowalsick. Brand ambassador Madison Fender (front row from left), general manager Ami Opisso and operations manager Melissa Cannady. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The team at Lieb Cellars: (back row from left) controller Dayna Corlito, tasting room associate Julia King, tasting room manager Alicia Ekeler-Valle, CFO Dave Sanatore and marketing and wine club manager Dana Kowalsick. Brand ambassador Madison Fender (front row from left), general manager Ami Opisso and operations manager Melissa Cannady. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Creating and building a successful brand is difficult in any industry. Building and nurturing a successful wine brand in a region without an established regional identity or reputation is even harder.

When Ami Opisso, general manager at Lieb Cellars in Mattituck, and the new ownership team took over what was then known as Lieb Family Cellars in 2013, they had an even more challenging situation. They had to revitalize a somewhat established brand and decide where they would take it, and the company, in the future.  (more…)