Pioneer of Long Island wine industry reflects on 40 years - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Pioneer of Long Island wine industry reflects on 40 years

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Louisa Hargrave is one of the pioneers in the Long Island wine industry. 40 years ago she and her husband opened up the very first winery on the North Fork. She was just 24 years old.

"We started out alone," she said. "People thought we were kind of crazy but we didn't care."

They spent long days and nights planting and harvesting grapes, figuring out how to make great wine until one day they did it.

"All of a sudden in my barrel, in my glass was the wine I had dreamed of making," she said.

For years the Hargraves had the only winery on the North Fork. Now more than 60 vineyards are spread over thousands of acres. More than a million people visit the region every year.

They sold the winery in 1999. She wrote a book called "The Vineyard" and also consults for many of the wineries on Long Island. One of Hargrave's favorites is at the McCall Ranch.

"The reason we planted Merlot here is there's clay in the soil," Russ McCall said. He opened the tasting room four years ago after buying 110 acres of farmland in the 1990s.

"People commonly call this living the dream," he said.

Hargrave said she is thrilled that she helped to put the North Fork on the map as a great place for wine lovers.

"For me the excitement is carried on in seeing other people still doing it and succeeding with wonderful wines," she said.

  • Long Island NewsLong Island NewsMore>>

  • Fatal skydiving accident on Long Island

    Fatal skydiving accident on Long Island

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-07-31 12:26:50 GMT
    Police on Long Island say one person has died and another has been seriously injured in a skydiving accident. Riverhead police say it happened at about 4 p.m. Wednesday at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. Police say the injured person was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition.
    Police on Long Island say one person has died and another has been seriously injured in a skydiving accident. Riverhead police say it happened at about 4 p.m. Wednesday at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. Police say the injured person was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition.
  • 8 fined $144,500 in Long Island cheating scandals

    8 fined $144,500 in Long Island cheating scandals

    State records show two administrators and six educators were fined a total of $145,500 in connection with two separate cheating scandals in Glen Cove City schools on Long Island.
    State records show two administrators and six educators were fined a total of $145,500 in connection with two separate cheating scandals in Glen Cove City schools on Long Island.
  • Queens teen pleads guilty in crash that killed 4 friends on Long Island

    Queens teen pleads guilty in crash that killed 4 friends on Long Island

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:54:40 GMT
    A New York teenager has pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in a 2012 high-speed crash that killed four of his friends and split his new car in two. Joseph Beer entered the plea Tuesday. He faces five to 15 years in prison, though his attorney is seeking youthful offender status because he was 17 at the time.
    A New York teenager has pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in a 2012 high-speed crash that killed four of his friends and split his new car in two. Joseph Beer entered the plea Tuesday. He faces five to 15 years in prison, though his attorney is seeking youthful offender status because he was 17 at the time.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices