Vineyard Spotlight: Bedell Cellars

by Sam Kimball
Bedell Cellars Vineyard is known for their innovative and progressive winemaking methods, and for being at the forefront of the sustainable-farming techniques before the trend had even started.

In 1980, a couple named Kip and Susan Bedell started their own vineyard on the North Fork of Long Island.

In 2000, the Bedells sold their vineyard to Michael Lynne, the esteemed New Line Cinema executive.

Not only are the Bedell Cellars wines made only in small-batch, they are one of the only wineries to ferment with 100% naturally-occurring indigenous yeasts.

In 1980, a couple named Kip and Susan Bedell started their own vineyard on the North Fork of Long Island. From the beginning, Bedell Cellars Vineyard was known for their innovative and progressive winemaking methods, and they were at the forefront of the sustainable-farming techniques before the trend had even started.

In 2000, the Bedells sold their vineyard to Michael Lynne, the esteemed New Line Cinema executive, who brought the vineyard even further into the limelight of the wine community, while upholding the Bedell reputation.

Kip Bedell, also known as Mr. Merlot, started his inventive sustainable techniques when the farm first began making wine, and it was those methods that pioneered the unique North Fork style with some of the country’s oldest vines. Not only are the Bedell Cellars wines made only in small-batch, they are one of the only wineries to ferment with 100% naturally-occurring indigenous yeasts.

The terroir of Long Island plays a huge part in the wines that are produced at Bedell Cellars Vineyards. Their varietals are chosen by their ability to grow well in the loamy soils of their three vineyard sites, which grow over 75 different kinds of grapes. Of course, we all know about the famed waters of New York, which not only make the best pizza and bagels but are essential in the process of winemaking, and Bedell Cellars pays special attention to that.

“Bedell is a quality leader and regional pioneer in sustainable farming practices,” notes Molly Deegan, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Development at Bedell Cellars Vineyards.

Of all of the prime winemaking techniques that this vineyard prides itself on, it’s their hands-on staff who make the biggest difference. Their crew works diligently with the vines on eight separate occasions throughout the year, which equals about 1.2 million hands-on interactions each year between human and vine. Bedell Cellars Vineyards have made their mark on the Long Island Wine community, which is starting to stake a claim in the national industry.

“Long Island has a passionate wine community that hasn’t strayed far from its early roots, yet continues to embrace progress and inspire innovation,” says Deegan.



FEATURED EVENTS

New York Wine Events

October 23, 2021

A once-in-a-lifetime experience

Piedmont Italy: Barolo and Barbaresco tour

Oct 23 – 30, 2021
6 nights, 7 days
Milan, Barolo, Alba, and Turin

RESERVE NOW
New York Wine Events

September 23, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Kotti Berliner – Food & Wine Pairing

Join us for a Virtual Food & Wine Pairing with Brooklyn’s Kotti Berliner. Explore delicious döner kebabs paired with wine. Meet Kotti founder, Erkan Emre.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

September 16, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Broadbent Selections – Portugal

Join us for a Virtual Tasting with one of America’s leading importers of high-quality Portuguese wines.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

September 2, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Cusumano Winery – Sicily, Italy

Join us for a Virtual Tasting with the maker of the #1 selling Sicilian wine in the U.S.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

August 26, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Kunde Family Winery

Join us for a Virtual Tasting. The Kunde family has farmed an 1,850-acre estate in Sonoma Valley for 100 years.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

August 19, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards

Join us for a Virtual Tasting. Great wine starts in the vineyard.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

August 12, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Dutcher Crossing Winery

Join us for a Virtual Tasting. Distinctive and hand-crafted wines produced from award-winning vineyards.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

June 12, 2020

At Your Home

RGNY At-Home Blending Session

Be your own winemaker for a day — guided by a professional on Zoom video!

PURCHASE KIT & ZOOM TICKET
New York Wine Events

May 29, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Virtual Wine & Pizza Tasting with Jamesport Vineyards

What’s better than great wine and artisanal pizza?

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 28, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Foxen Winery & Vineyard Virtual Tasting

Experience the magic of Santa Barbara wine.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 28, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Foxen Winery & Vineyard Virtual Tasting

Experience the magic of Santa Barbara wine.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 21, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Chateau Montelena Winery Virtual Tasting

This tasting will be epic.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 19, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Ridge Vineyards Virtual Tasting – Monte Bello winery

The New York Times described Ridge Monte Bello as “America’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon.”

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 18, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Tenuta di Lilliano Virtual Tasting

Very special tasting. Don’t miss it!

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 15, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Pedroncelli Winery Virtual Tasting

Four Generations of Family Pride at Pedroncelli Winery, since 1927

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 14, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Provence Rosé Group Virtual Tasting

The best rosé in the world comes from Provence.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 13, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

St. Francis Winery Virtual Tasting

Voted “#1 in America” in 2013 and 2015 by Open Table customers.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 12, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Ridge Vineyards Virtual Tasting – Lytton Springs

The New York Times described Ridge’s Cabernet Sauvignon as America’s greatest.

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 11, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Oak Farm Vineyards Virtual Tasting

Visit the famous wine-growing region of Lodi County, California – virtually!

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

May 8, 2020

Live Online Zoom Broadcast

Goldschmidt Vineyards Virtual Tasting

Visit Sonoma County – virtually!

RSVP FOR FREE
New York Wine Events

April 18, 2020

Marlboro, NY

Wines & Bites!

Hudson Valley’s yummiest wine and food tasting event

GET TICKETS
New York Wine Events

March 7, 2020

New York’s Premier Winter Wine Event

NYC Winter Wine and Food Festival

Enjoy a winter getaway without even leaving the city.

GET TICKETS
New York Wine Events

January 19, 2020

Riverhead, NY

RG|NY Blending Session

Join RG|NY winemaker Lilia Perez, for a unique tasting and blending session.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

December 14, 2019

Ulster & Orange Counties, NY

Wreath Fineries at the Wineries

Don’t miss the ultimate holiday wine tasting event in the Hudson Valley. Sales end Thursday, Dec 12 at 11:59pm!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 14, 2019

New York, NY

Around The World In 10 Wines

Experience a global tasting in 2 hours with award-winning artisan cheese and charcuterie

PURCHASE TICKETS

RELATED WINE BLOGS

Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Foods that Pair with Rosé
  Well, folks, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and you know what that means! It’s time to bring out the rosé!  Our favorite pink wine, also known as summer water, isn’t as simple as she may seem. Carefully crafted with the skins of red grapes, rosé is gorgeous and wonderful, and lovely - Read More
Read more...

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

Wines Aged in Spirit Barrels
Barrel-aging is a key attribute to winemaking. It’s part of the process that is called élevage, which in French refers to maturing of flavors that happens during bottling and fermenting. Back in the 1600s, the barrel was actually used for storing and while we no longer need to store in the same way, we’ve gotten - Read More
Read more...

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

The 5 Best Wine Decanters to Buy Right Now
A fine wine is like a prime cut of meat. Sure, it’s beautiful on its own but with the right amount of love and care, it can be extraordinary! There are some wines that can be consumed straight out of the bottle and they are always welcome at our tables but there are others that - Read More
Read more...
LOAD MORE