Paumanok winemaker Kareem Massoud and his father, vineyard cofounder Charles, at their winery in 2013. RiverheadLOCAL file photo

Two of the oldest vineyards on the North Fork will soon be owned by the same family.

Paumanok Vineyards is acquiring Palmer Vineyards. Paumanok announced the purchase of the 60-acre vineyard and winery in a press release last night. The purchase also includes the Palmer brand, which will be maintained by the new owners, and its wine inventory, according to Kareem Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards.

Both vineyards are located in Aquebogue — Paumanok, a 127-acre estate winery, on the Main Road and Palmer on Sound Avenue.

“The acquisition of Palmer Vineyards makes sense for Paumanok on several levels,” said Paumanok co-founder and owner Charles Massoud. “It gives us a much needed presence on Sound Avenue. Geographically, it is located very close to Paumanok which will make the logistics of running the two operations smoother,” he said.

Their proximity “also means they share similar terroir,” Charles Massoud said. “The prevailing climate in the Riverhead area is the warmest on the East End. We find it very well-suited to our viticulture and we are looking forward to add to the acreage that we farm in the same area.”

“Both Palmer and Paumanok have been committed to quality since their inception and we intend to maintain that commitment to quality at both wineries,” Charles Massoud said.

“With the acquisition of Palmer Vineyards, we hope to elevate the already high level of quality and hospitality at both operations. We are focused on producing the finest quality wines and delivering an outstanding visitor experience for our guests. We hope that by having the two teams integrate we will strengthen both businesses,” he said.

Kathy Le Morzellec, daughter of founder Robert Palmer, has been running Palmer Vineyards since his death in 2009.

“I am pleased to be completing the sale of Palmer Vineyards to the Massoud Family,” she said in the press release. “I have been very committed to see Palmer Vineyards sell to someone who would keep it as a vineyard/winery. The Massoud Family has always shared Palmer’s commitment to excellence, so this is a perfect fit,” she said.

Le Morzellec said she is confident the vineyard “will be in good hands” and wished the Massouds much success.

The closing is expected to occur on August 1, Kareem Massoud said.

“Palmer Vineyards and Paumanok Vineyards will both remain open for business as usual before and after the closing,” he said.

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