For nine years, Claudia Purita has been the one woman that is the namesake of Southold’s One Woman Wines and Vineyards.
The owner, head winemaker, and vineyard manager, Ms. Purita grew up in Italy and made roots – literally – in New York State by planting 12 acres of grapes in Southold.
Her vineyard is the first on Long Island to grow Grüner, an Austrian white wine grape.
Ms. Purita is one of only a handful of female head winemakers on the North Fork, but her position of winemaker, vineyard manager and owner make her an anomaly.
Be sure to check out Thursday’s paper for more on female winemakers of the North Fork.