12/31/11 7:59pm

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | Bud Koehler, co-owner of Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards, in his Peconic tasting room.

Bud Koehler was among the first vintners to settle on the North Fork.

After retiring from a job in construction in 1983, the Farmingdale native headed out east with his wife and 11 children and purchased a 24-acre plot of land in Peconic.

He planted grapes and founded a vineyard that would be in the company of just three others: Hargrave Vineyard, Pindar Vineyards and Paumanok.

“I’ve always been building and making,” he said. “I wanted to make something with my hands.” (more…)