Alex and Louisa Thomas Hargrave planted their first Vitis vinifera vines in Cutchogue in 1973, hoping that the local climate would support growing grapes that produce the Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir varieties.
The Hargrave Vineyard in Cutchogue became Long Island’s first successful commercial vineyard. Their success ensured the proliferation of vineyards, which preserved the farmland and the bucolic nature of the North Fork.
Alex and Louisa sold the winery in 1999 to the Borghese Family. The Borghese Winery on Route 48 in Cutchogue is the site of these original vines.