Anthony Sannino - Winemaker
The culture of wine was embodied in my soul at the very young age of 13 with one of my first visits with family on the island my mom was born in Italy. Ischia is a very small island to the Northwest of the bay of Naples. With this particular visit in 1981 the island was still covered with many hectares of wine grapes. Mom’s uncle still lived in the very house my mom was born and he still produced wine in the same cellar my great grandfather used. I spent that summer shadowing my mom’s uncle from vineyard to cellar and also sipping a fair share each day at lunch with him. It is very clear to me today that this particular window of time in my life had begun to shape and cultivate my future interest in growing and making wine. As a young adult I began visiting wineries in various regions and of course Long Island. In 1993 I joined the American Wine Society and began their wine judge certification program. This was also the first year at attempting my own winemaking with the father of a close friend, Mario. A native Italian with limited winemaking knowledge but powerful in expressing the simplicity of the process, Mario inspired me to satisfy my need to learn the technical aspects of winemaking. The second formal Wine educational program I took was provided by U.C.Davis in 1998, soon after this program I began offering my time as a volunteer to assist at any level at long Island wineries. Having experience at a professional level had solidified the importance of joining Mario’s simple approach to winemaking with the technical knowledge I was acquiring. In 2006 my wife and I purchased our Cutchogue vineyard and built our home on the vineyard that year. I must mention at this point that my first professional career in the building industry started with a formal education in construction engineering and Architecture. The emphasis in this career has always been the creative side of architecture, creating spaces and using materials and methods of construction to intrigue the minds of those experiencing those spaces. I posses a very open and creative mind that I also apply to my wine making and more importantly to the way I manage my grape vines.
Lisa Sannino - CEO
Lisa Sannino is the co-owner and founder of Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard and Sannino Vineyard B&B. Lisa is dedicated to providing approachable wine education and sharing her passion for the North Fork of Long Island. Her formal education in Business Management including an M.B.A. from Adelphi University has provided an exceptional foundation for her to combine both her love of learning with the spirit of entrepreneurship. Lisa’s professionalism is complimented by her warm and welcoming approach to hospitality. In Addition to operating the winery, Lisa is the Innkeeper to the exclusive Tuscan Style Sannino Vineyard B&B. Lisa is married to her high school sweetheart Anthony since 1993 and together they are raising their four children.
Marisa Sannino - Director of Operations
Anthony and Lisa’s eldest daughter has returned to Long Island to be part of the family business. Marisa graduated from Johnson & Wales University magna cum laude with a Business Administration degree and minor in Sommelier. With this background in education, Marisa has been able to step in and handle the day-to-day activities of the Tasting House. Marisa went on to get certified through the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, becoming the House Sommelier. Sannino Vineyard offers a variety of Saturday Evening classes, like Wine & Food Pairing and World of Wine 101, which Marisa teaches. Marisa developed a passion for good wine at a young age, which has flourished to a passion for teaching others about the joys of good wine.