Sherwood House Vineyards
Established in 1996, Sherwood House Vineyards is committed to the production of world-class wines using only estate-grown vinifera grapes. Owners Dr. Charles Smithen and wife Barbara believe that producing fine wine is a combination of passion and patience, handcrafting their wines using traditional methods combined with the latest scientific techniques. "There's very little nature and man can do in true harmony," says Dr. Smithen. "A vineyard is one of those things. Making wine requires both science and art to excel. Anyone can learn the science. But it's the art, the near-intuitive understanding, the smell, sense, and feel, that makes the difference."
Gilles Martin has been Sherwood House's winemaker since its inception. Gilles received his Master of Oenology degree from France's prestigious Universite Montpellier I and went on direct production at more than a dozen prominent wineries in France, South America and California before settling on Long Island in 1996. During Martin's years as head winemaker at Delas-Freres, in France's Rhone Valley, he directed the production of such prestigious wines as Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf du Pape, and Condrieu. While at Roederer Estate in California, Gilles trained the staff in the traditions of Methode Champenoise, and helped to produce three wines rated as the best sparkling wines ever crafted outside the Champagne region. In 2011, his 2008 Sherwood House Vineyards Chardonnay received a "Best in Class" and 91 points at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, firmly cementing Sherwood House Vineyards as one of the premier producers both on Long Island and internationally.
On their 38 acre farm, the Smithen's initially planted Chardonnay vines from Burgundian clones, but after careful research and planning, have since added Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Sherwood House currently produces a Stainless Steel Fermented (un-oaked) Chardonnay, Barrel Fermented (oaked) Chardonnay, Blanc de Blanc (sparkling), White Merlot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Bordeaux-style red blend.
Sherwood House has two tasting rooms: a small, quaint outdoor facility that sits on the vineyard property in Mattituck and a larger indoor/outdoor facility on the Main Road in Jamesport that includes a renovated 1860's farmhouse, fireplace, deck and event barn.
TWO TASTING ROOMS:
1291 Main Road, Jamesport & Oregon Road, Mattituck (seasonally)
Jamesport - 7 days/week May-Dec, closed Tues & Wed Jan-Apr; Mattituck - open seasonally
At Mattituck location, by appointment only
Christmas and New Years Day
Ami Davey, 631-779-2817