The owners of a Southold, Long Island vineyard seeking $15,000 in crowd-sourced funds to plant an acre of “weird” grapes have exceeded their goal with more than two weeks to go.
Aided by a press bonanza that included an article on the online-edition of the Wall Street Journal as well a story in this blog, the owners of Southold Farm & Cellar thus far have received 123 pledges for a total of $22,135 that will allow them to plant an acre of Teroldego grapes—and more.
The owners, Regan and Carey Meador, announced March 11 that if they add another 100 backers before their Kickstart campaign runs its course, the will allow the group to vote on the next variety of “weird” grapes. “The more people talking about and supporting what we’re doing, the more effect it can have influencing folks in the marketplace whether they are a new wine lover or a vineyard owner considering what to plant,” Regan Meador said on his Kickstarter page. “ We have all the confidence in the world we can hit this goal … ”
The Meadors, hoping to bring diversity to the Long Island wine market, plan to plant Teroldego, a red Italian variety grown primarily in the northeastern region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Süditrol, Italy, and other less-popular varieties, among them Syrah, Lagrein, Goldmuskateller, Albariño and Marsanne.
They’ve called their Kickstarter campaign, “Bring Weird Grapes to the North Fork”.
Meador estimated the cost of planting one acre of grapes at $15,000, excluding land costs, with another $5,000 a year per acre, to keep the vines growing.