Roanoke Vineyards, which has produced some of Long Island's top wines, will close to the public at year's end. It's the first local winery to go private.
Owner Richard Pisacano said on the winery's website: "The move ensures Roanoke will remain focused on the wines and our wine club."
He added, "We are looking forward to taking Roanoke to the next level, and for us this just makes sense."
In 2013, Newsday named Pisacano's 2010 Cabernet Franc one of the dozen best wines produced on Long Island. Roanoke makes 18 wines.
Tours and tastings continue. But the winery's doors will close at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31. Pisacano envisions a maximum of 1,000 members to the Roanoke wine club. They will have access to Roanoke's production. For additional information about the wine club, contact Roanoke's marketing and creative director Scott Sandell via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roanoke Vineyards, 3543 Sound Ave., Riverhead; 631-727-4161.