About the Vineyards
Our grapes are grown on 4 vineyard sites totaling 85 acres. We have 11 vinifera varieties planted (Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon) and are proud to say that our vines are some of the oldest on Long Island. The Riesling and Cabernet Franc at our Main Road Vineyard were planted in 1981 shortly after the “founding” of our region in 1973. Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc at the Bridge Lane Vineyard followed in 1983. The vines at Oregon Road West were planted in 1997, and we completed our plantings in 1999 with the reds at the Oregon Road vineyard. We also boast the largest contiguous plot of Pinot Blanc in the US (14 acres).
Our sites were carefully chosen for their loamy, well-drained soils and proximity to the Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay, two bodies of water that bestow moderate temperatures and an extended growing season that is a month longer than any other New York wine region.
Lieb Cellars is proud to be a member of Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing, the first certified sustainable viticulture program on the east coast of the US, and is certified sustainable.
Sustainable Viticulture is a set of locally adopted “best practices” based on 3 general components: environmental stewardship, social equity and economic viability. These practices and guidelines vary from region to region according to local eco-systems and environments (soil types, climates and other factors) but share the common goal of protecting the long term health and viability of local agriculture, eco-systems and environments.
Lieb Cellars uses only organic and/or low-impact pesticides and in very limited, controlled quantities. We use mechanical cultivation to control weed growth (vs. spraying chemicals such as Round Up, a common practice in many vineyards and farms) and physical barriers to control pests. Deer fencing and bird netting are examples of pest control.
Fungus (powdery or downy mildew) can be a challenge in our region and is best treated with a variety of low-impact compounds including copper, stylet oil (mineral oils), phostrol (phosphorous acid) and sulfur. We also go an extra step in using a recyclable sprayer, which recovers 90% of the materials applied rather than emitting them directly into the air.
Other sustainable practices include hand harvesting (which reduces gas consumption and carbon pollution while positively impacting local economy/workforce) and packaging our wines in eco-friendly containers, which also greatly reduces our carbon footprint.
Our goal in all of these practices is lessen our impact on our local environment while promoting and protecting the health of our region and our local agriculture and economies.