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A brief history

Founded in the spring of 1983, our 127 acre estate is entirely owned and managed by Ursula and Charles Massoud, and our three sons. Born and raised in the "Old World", wine has always been a part of our lives and we continue the tradition at Paumanok Vineyards.
Only premium vinifera grapevines are planted, consisting of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The traditional dense planting of the vineyards at 1100 to 1400 vines per acre produces more concentrated fruit and therefore higher quality wines. For our wines, only estate grown grapes are used and production is limited to fewer than 12,000 cases.
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Established in 1983

North Fork of Long Island 1074 Main Road (Route 25) P.O. Box 741
United States


Meet The Team

  • Kareem Massoud

    Kareem Massoud was born in Bahrain in 1972. By the late 1970s his
    parents, Charles and Ursula Massoud, had moved to Connecticut where
    they began a search for a site to plant a vineyard. In 1983 they
    founded Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue, NY, on the North Fork of Long Island.

    After earning a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the
    University of Pennsylvania, Kareem had a brief career in New York as a
    private equity analyst at a private investment firm. He decided to
    move on and ended up back at his family's estate winery.

    Although he has been working full time at Paumanok since 1998,
    Kareem Massoud has been actively involved in his family's wine
    making business since its inception. Kareem is a second generation
    winemaker, having learned the trade under his father's tutelage. His
    international travels to South Africa, Germany, France, New Zealand
    and Chile have given him a wide range of experience in the art of winemaking.
    Kareem has a Diploma in Wines and Spirits from WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust).

    Paumanok has been recognized with numerous accolades over the years including Wine Spectator's Critic's Choice Award, NY Wine Classic's "Winery of the Year" Award and "outstanding" reviews in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and a nomination for Wine Enthusiast’s “American Winery of the Year”.

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