Raphael was born from the vision of owner John Petrocelli Sr. of Huntington, New York, who named the winery in honor of his father. Raphael Petrocelli was an avid home winemaker, as was his father before him. John Petrocelli learned the pleasures of making wine from his father and grandfather in New York and continues the family tradition on the North Fork of Long Island. John Petrocelli is also the owner of J. Petrocelli Construction, Inc., a specialist in fine architectural design and construction. The Petrocelli family prides itself on attention to detail and fine craftsmanship.
Utilizing over 30 years of local experience, the Petrocelli’s have planted their estate with what they believe to be Long Island’s best wine grape varieties. As in the great European tradition, they believe quality comes from specialization and a commitment to an ideal. At Raphael, this philosophy is carried out in all aspects of the winery, from the beautiful, Mediterranean styled building to the meticulous vineyard and the handcrafted wines. The first vines were planted in 1997 and 1998 by North Fork vineyard pioneer Stephen D. Mudd of Mudd’s Vineyard in Southold, NY. The first wine production at the new facility began with the 1999 vintage.
Located on the North Fork of Long Island, the maritime influence of the surrounding water provides a moderate climate allowing our grapes to fully ripen, achieving perfect balance, aroma, and flavor. Raphael’s philosophy is that wine is grown, not made, and combines the best of centuries-old tradition with scientific progress. Raphael wines are produced sustainably, resulting in wines that purely express our local terroir.
39390 Main Road, Rte. 25
Peconic, NY 11958
Tastings: Sunday-Thursday 11-5 Friday and Saturday call for availability.
Tours: By appointment only. Call 765-1100 ext. 105 for reservations.
Weddings: Yes. Please contact our event coordinators, Lisa Cheek and Julia Petrocelli-Vergari at 631-765-1100 ext. 106.
Wine Club: Yes
Closed: Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday & Thanksgiving
Sales Contact: Chip Cheek, firstname.lastname@example.org, 516-662-2327
Pets: Yes - must be leashed
Outside Food: No