During the 1980s, Sam Rubin ventured to eastern Long Island and acquired what has since become the beautiful Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, the first vineyard you will see on Sound Avenue, just east of Edwards Avenue. The original parcel of land that made up Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards was just 3.5 acres in size, with the purchase of an additional 13.5 acres bringing the winery to its current state.
Rubin, a lifelong farmer and naturalist, began to till the soil, the basis for all great wines, using only organic compost and other natural ingredients. The hospitable climate of the region and Rubin’s acquisition of fine French vines became the foundation for all Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard’s exceptional wines. The winery still does not use herbicides (they merely turn the weeds right back into the soil to enrich it), which shows in the flavorful taste and wonderful aroma of their grapes and in turn, their wine.
Offerings include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and red blends Mirage and Red Velvet; Merlot Rose and Savannah Rose; whites including Chardonnay, Riesling and the White Satin blend, and Cheval Blue and Sweet Isis dessert wines.
The warm family-like atmosphere, a Rubin family trait, and the bucolic setting make Baiting Hollow Farm Winery an ideal place for a quick day trip for the entire family, catered parties or other events. The tasting house is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11am – 5pm, Friday from 11am – 6p, and Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 7pm with food and live entertainment. The tasting house is closed on Tuesdays during the off season.
Since 2007, the winery has been doing something truly inspiring and admirable; operating a horse rescue effort that gives horses that had been marked for death at Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses a safe haven. Thousands of families visit the rescue horses each week and enjoy a tour which tells the amazing stories of these beautiful hourses. The profits from the sale of Baiting Hollow Farm Winery’s horse rescue wines go to support the massive costs for maintaining quality care for these houses as well as ongoing horse rescue efforts. Rescue horse tours are available each Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting.