Founded in 1978, the winery has some of the most mature vineyards in the region, or – - given the extensive replanting of California vineyards to avoid further damage from the phylloxera louse – - in the country. We have nearly 70 acres planted with these vinifera grape varieties: chardonnay, gewürztraminer, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec, petit verdot, pinot gris and pinot noir.
At Lenz, our philosophy in the vineyard is high-touch. We are interventionists and we intervene, at great cost in time and effort, to micro-manage each vine to ripeness each year. Leaf removal, shoot thinning, cluster thinning, crop reduction, triple catch wires, super-attentive pest and fungus control (our “open canopy” approach keeps fungus problems to a minimum), all combine to add cost (unfortunately) but to ensure fully ripe grapes of the highest quality.
We are a relatively small winery, making wines to exacting standards. All of our wines are estate bottled, meaning they are made from grapes grown entirely in our own vineyards.
Our aim is that each wine we release will be among the very best of its type, made anywhere in the world.
TASTING ROOM HOURS: Lenz is open year round, seven days a week. November – May: 10:00am — 5:00pm Memorial Day – Columbus Day: 10:00am – 6:00pm Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas
DIRECTIONS: Finding the THE LENZ WINERY by auto from the New York Metropolitan area couldn’t be simpler. From the west, (Manhattan, New Jersey) follow the Long Island Expressway (US 495) east to exit 73. Take Route 58 east to Route 25 and keep going until you get to Peconic. We’re on the left.