Trying new things certainly is no novelty at Wölffer Estates. The latest venture for the Hamptons winery, announced Thursday, is the Wölffer Kitchen, which will become the first winery-owned restaurant in the Hamptons.
The announcement was official company confirmation of what local residents have known for a while — that co-owners and siblings Marc and Joey Wölffer have secured 29 Main Street in Sag Harbor for a restaurant they say will have “a distinct local, seasonal food ethic, serving locally made artisanal wines, beers and spirits as well as favorites from around the world.” Their ambitious timetable has the new enterprise opening some time in June.
“Launching a restaurant is a natural extension of our brand,” says Marc Wölffer. “As the Wölffer brand extends internationally with wines from our vineyards in Spain and Argentina, we wanted to bring a unique culinary experience home to the Hamptons.”
Wölffer Kitchen will serve modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean influence. The wine list will feature wines and hard ciders from Wölffer Estate Vineyard and other Long Island producers, as well as select labels from around the world. Roman Roth, the winemaker at, and partner in, Wölffer Estate, is helping curate the restaurant drinks list which also will include craft beers, ciders and spirits with an emphasis on Long Island and New York craft producers.
“Wine and food make a harmonious blend, not only at meals but as a lifestyle,” says Joey Wolffer, who also is owner and founder of the mobile boutique The Styleliner, which this weekend is opening month its first bricks-and-mortar store, also in the South Fork community of Sag Harbor. Her design business recently was profiled in the New York Post.
She is overseeing the design of the restaurant, working with the local firm of Martin Architects to use winery-themed decor along with natural woods and aged materials, and a gallery of wine. Vukasin Markovljev is the general manager. The kitchen will be under the supervision of Long Island native Deena Chafetz, who has cooked in New York and California restaurants. The restaurant will offer dinner service seven days a week, with brunch and lunch envisioned for soon after the opening.
The parent Wölffer Estate Vineyard, founded by the late Christian Wölffer, encompasses 55 acres of sustainably farmed vines. The original parcel was a potato farm with an old farmhouse in what now is the middle of the estate. Over the years, as more acres were acquired, paddocks and stables were added and, in 1988, the vineyard was founded. The vineyard is part of a 175-acre estate that includes boarding stables, 30 paddocks, an indoor jumping ring, and an equine grand prix field. It also operates The Wine Stand store at 3312 Montauk Highway. Both the stables and winery have a European character, leading to the owners describing the enterprise as “an American winery in the classic European tradition.” The complex is located at 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, Long Island. Phone: 631-537-5106.