Large section of Long Island’s oldest vineyard back on the selling block

A large portion of Long Island’s first vineyard is once again on the selling block.

More than 60 acres of historic vineyard and a home formerly occupied by the owners of the Castello di Borghese Vineyard and Winery in Cutchogue are listing for sale, at an asking price of $3.69 million.

The 66-acre property includes 11 acres of vines that are among the first planted on Long Island, dating to the wine-pioneering Hargrave family in 1973.

Just under four acres of the property include the Borghese family’s former four-bedroom home and detached barns dating to 1680, according to listing agent Joseph DiVello, of Century 21 Albertson Realty. He said the layout of the property “facilitates the potential for various equestrian, agricultural or development endeavors.”

The sale does not include the adjacent Castello di Borghese tasting room on County Road 48 and an 18-acre parcel on which it sits. Owner Giovanni Borghese said he will retain that property and the tasting room as he continues to make and market Castello di Borghese wines. Around 14 of those retained 18 acres are planted with vines.

When the larger property is sold, Borghese said, he is “interested in leasing the vines and using the existing cellar” to make his wines, which will continue to be marketed under the Castello di Borghese name.

Among the varietals that are part of the vineyard sale are just over 5.5 acres of pinot noir, 2.5 acres of sauvignon blanc, two acres of cabernet franc and 3.5 acres of merlot grapes. Development rights on the property have been sold on all but four acres, meaning they can’t be developed, and “it’s the family’s wish that [the property] be kept as a farm,” Borghese said.

Borghese, the son of former winery owners Marco and Ann Marie Borghese, both of whom died in 2016, remains an active and hands-on…

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