When Summer in a Bottle is long gone, Wölffer Estate Vineyard enthusiasts turn to something a little more fall forward: ciders. They pair well with the crisp air, autumn foliage, pumpkin picking, and, of course, apples. Come to think of it, the Wölffer estate has become popular for more than its creatively-marketed libations — wine, gin, cider — it’s also recognized as a go-to spot when the seasons change for a little harvest fun.
Don’t worry, the wine isn’t going anywhere though, and guests can visit the vineyard Saturday, October 12, to celebrate the annual grape harvest from noon to 4:30 PM on the expansive estate lawn. There will be games for adults and children alike — live music, barrel rolling, grape stomping, wine making, relay races, pony rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, and tons of other activities. If you want to just kick back and relax, there will also be food from Palo Santo, Rolling in the Dough, and Fresh Flavors to enjoy while sipping on cider and wine.
While it’s clear to see walking through the vineyard where all the grapes are coming from, the apples on the other hand, for the No. 139 dry ciders, are hand-picked just a few minutes west, from trees in the Halsey family’s orchard in Bridgehampton. The company also gathers the sweet fruit from the highest quality apple orchards in upstate New York. This line, which includes dry rosé cider, red cider, and dry white cider, pays homage to the estate address on 139 Sagg Road in Sagaponack, but the core of this venture has seeds planted in family tradition.
Growing up on the property, Joey and Marc Wölffer enjoyed apple “wine” made by maker Roman Roth during dinners. At the time, it was created from a few apple trees on the family property. In 2013, upon taking over the family business, the siblings decided to create a product that reminded them of that dinner drink they held dear.
That collection and more will be available at the annual Harvest Party. There will be a returning partnership with Lyft to encourage safe transportation choices before and after the event. New riders can use code WOLFFER for $5 off the first four trips, while existing users can enter WOLFFER2019 for 25 percent off.
General admission is $154 per person, or $144 for wine club members with a limit of two entries per member. Attendees ages three to 20 years old can get in for $85. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.wolffer.com.