On Long Island, Renovating Raphael

Winemaker Anthony Nappa takes the helm with a long to-do list
On Long Island, Renovating Raphael
At Raphael, winemaker Anthony Nappa is overseeing new plantings and graftings. (James Molesworth)
Jun 29, 2016

Raphael winery on Long Island's North Fork was part of the wave of expansion that came in at the turn of the century, pushing Long Island from merely a cottage industry to a more legitimate, burgeoning wine region.

Olsen-Harbich left for Bedell in 2010 and things began to slide, both in the cellar and the vineyard. The Petrocelli family made a change, bringing in young Anthony Nappa in 2013. The now 39-year-old winemaker had worked previously at Shinn Estate and also had his own small label (which he has maintained). Before Nappa could even start fulfilling the property's potential, he had to get Raphael back to where it was.

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