Visit the award winning Castello di Borghese winery!
Castello di Borghese Winery and Vineyard was the first Long Island winery that opened in 1973! It was originally called "Hargrave Vineyard" and the first owners were Charlie Hargrave, who worked with his brother and sister in-law to establish this winery. In 1999, the vineyard was sold to Marco and Ann Marie Borghese, who have grown it tremendously.
Who are the Borghese's?
Marco Borghese, born in Italy, is a descendant of italian nobleman, dating back to the 9th century. His wife is a princess by marriage.
An interesting fact about the Borghese's:
The reality show "The Bachelor:Rome" (9th season) featured Prince Lorenzo Borghese, who is the cousin of Marco Borghese, co owner of Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery. The season premiered October 3, 2006.
Learn about Castello di Borghese!
This beautiful vineyard is located in Cutchogue on the east end of Long island and is over 85 acres. The address is 17150 County Rte 48, Cutchogue, New York 11935.
There is seating inside the winery in a quaint tasting room and more seating outside so that wine tasters can relax and enjoy the different grape flavors at their leisure. The atmosphere is to die for and visitors can enjoy the fabulous cheese plates and music during a tasting. The staff is known to extremely knowledgable - they know they are serving the best wine on the north fork. The owners are personable and friendly and like to be actively involved in their wineries tours and wine tastings.
There are many events and activities scheduled throughout the summer. For a girlfriend getaway vacation you can take part in a "Mid-Week Wine and Romance Package". This includes a one night stay at the "Harvest Inn Bed & Breakfast" or "Ellis House Bed and Breakfast", a bottle of Borghese's 2003 Merlot, chocolates and flowers. As part of the package, you are served a delicious gourmet breakfast. The following day you get a private tasting at the Castello di Borghese vineyard.
For adults who want to experience a bit more than a typical wine tasting, there is Wine Camp - 3 days and 4 nights of everything wine. During your time at wine camp you will stay at a cozy bed and breakfast and you will learn how wine is really made, how it is blended and all about food and wine pairing. If you love experiencing the decadent wine, learning about the process, and eating fine food then wine camp is for you. You can call (631) 734-5111 for more information.
Castello di Borghese also has an art gallery and a gift shop.
What kind of wines can you find at this winery?
- Barrel Fermented Pinot Noir
- Cabernet Franc
- Cabernet France Reserve
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
- Merlot Reserve
- Petit Chateau our house red
- Pinot Noir
Rose WinesYou can find the Borghese wines in the following east end restaurants:
- Allegra Dessert Wine
- Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
- Chardonette - house wine
- Sauv Blanc Founder's Field
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Jedediah Hawkins
- South Fork Kitchen
- J D's Steakhouse
- 5th Season
- North Fork Table & Inn
Wines are sold at distributors throughout New York state, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Delaware.
What makes this winery special?
The Borghese Vineyard has a Winemaker's Walk, which takes you on a tour of the winery and production facility. You can learn about how the grapes are grown and about the history of this vineyard.They also have corporate events and areas where you can have business meetings or presentations in a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere. You can have a wedding outside with the vines as your decor or inside in the art gallery or elegant tent.
Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery has live music and a piano bar happy hour on Friday nights. "Friday Night Flights" are from 5:00pm to 7:30PM every Friday night.
Hours and address:
The summer and fall season runs from May to December.
The hours are:
Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The winter season runs from Jan to April.
The hours are:
Thursday-Monday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
The are closed Tuesday and Wednesday, however you should call the winery for exceptions.
The address is
17150 County Rte.48
Cutchogue, NY 11935
The phone # is (631) 734-5111.
Castello di Borghese is proud for all the awards they have received over the years. Here is a list of their accomplishments with the most recent first:
FINGER LAKES INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITIONAll the proceeds went to benefit kids whose lives have been affected by cancer and other serious illnesses. The kids get to attend camp in Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes region of NY.2011silver medal for the 2009 Riesling.2010silver medal for the 2005 Merlot and 2008 Riesling. 2009silver medal for the 2007 Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc and a bronze medal for the Petit Chateau. 2008silver medal for the 2004 Pinot Noir and bronze medals for the 2006 Sauvignon Blanc and 2004 Cabernet Franc.2007silver medals for the 2003 Cabernet Franc and 2003 Barrel Fermented Pinot Noir2004bronze medals for Chardonnay 2001 and Merlot 2000
SIXTH ANNUAL DENVER INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION (DIWC)
Sept. 11-12, 2010Held at The Omni Interlocken Resort - Broomfield, Colorado, Double Gold for the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc.
THE 2009 WORLD VALUE WINE CHALLENGEA competition for wines $20 and under: what are the best wines for the best price? These are not the cheapest wines, but a search for the wines that provide the consumer with better quality and taste as for the best value as compared to wines of the same or higher price. silver medal with an 86 rating for their 2007 Chardonnay at $16.99, and a silver medal with an 86 rate for their 2008 Sauvignon Blanc at $19.99
2009 NEW YORK WINE & FOOD CLASSICgold for the 2008 Riesling.This event took place in the Finger Lakes region of NY. There were 24 judges, which included those very prominent in the wine industry. The awards were based on blind tastings.
2009 "BEST OF APPELLATION EVALUATION TASTING" double gold for the Merlot 2003 and Chardonnay 2007, and a gold for their Pinot Noir 2005, Sauvignon Blanc 2007 and Cabernet Franc 2004, respectively. Wineries receive awards for their Wines that are determined by the BOA Panel to best express the characteristics associated with their region.
NEW YORK WINE & FOOD CLASSIC COMPETITION2008gold and Best in Class awards - 2006 Chardonnay silver for the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and 2005 Pinot Noir, respectively.2005 gold for Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2002silver for the Merlot 2000, Cabernet Franc 2001 Reserve bronze for the Meritage 2000, Pinot Noir 2002 Reserve and Pinot Noir 2002 Estate.2004silver for Pinot Noir 2002; Bronze Medals for Sauvignon Blanc 2003, Cabernet Franc 2001 Reserve and Meritage 2000.
THE GREAT NEW YORK STATE FAIR8/23/07 TO 9/3/07 There were 348 wines competing in this competition held in Syracuse, NY silver for the Pinot Noir 2004 and Merlot Reserve 2001 bronze awarded to Sauvignon Blanc 2006.
INTERNATIONAL EASTERN WINE COMPETITIONThis event was held in the Finger Lakes region in NY and is one of the largest competitions in the United States. Judges evaluate wine marketed in the United States and Canada.2007 silver medal for Sauvignon Blanc 2006.2005 silver medal for Cabernet Franc 2001. 2004 bronze Medal for 2002 Riesling
2007 FLORIDA STATE INTERNATIONAL WINE AND GRAPE JUICE COMPETITION
gold medal to 2005 Chardonnay
TASTERS GUILD INTERNATIONAL WINE JUDGING2005 gold medal was awarded to the Meritage 2000 bronze medals were awarded to the Cabernet Franc 2001 Reserve and Chardonnay 2002 Barrel Fermented.
2005 INDIANA STATE FAIR INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
gold medal for Cabernet Franc 2001 Reserve.
2005 L.A. COUNTY FAIRbronze medal for Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 Reserve.
The BEVERAGE TESTING INSTITUTE(BTI)BTI awarded Pinot Noir 2002 83 points, “Recommended,” and the 2000 Cabernet Franc Reserve 86 Points, “Highly Recommended.”
2004 FLORIDA STATE FAIR, INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
silver medal for Cabernet Franc 2000 Reserve
EAST END FOOD & WINE COMPETITIONPinot Noir 2001 won a gold medal in the Outstanding Pinot Noir category and silver medals in both the Outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and Outstanding Chardonnay categories.
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