This is a project of Long Island "suburban terroir" by Erik Longabardi and Beford Lepley that aims to preserve and express the diverse agricultural landscape of the area. Up until the 20th century, Long Island was a primary agricultural source of Manhattan's food supply, and despite the expansive development of roadways, shopping malls, and suburban sprawl, remnants of this agricultural past still thrive today.
Stephen Bitterolf, founder Vom Boden and distributor of these fine wines, eloquently states: "It begins with an act: making a turn down a random road, inspired solely by the sight of a solitary old apple tree. It grows by connecting with landowners and building relationships with the community. A mall is built, yet the fruit trees still grow. Where the highway wanders, fruit trees grow. Nature has a way of persevering."
Practically all of the apples for their ciders are foraged and their grapes come from backyard vines & small vineyards. Preserving agricultural heritage, genetic diversity, and showcasing the beauty of their "suburban terroir"; Erik and Ben are connecting the past, present, and future of American winemaking.