Merliance is a cooperative blend of 100% Long Island merlot. Each Merliance member-winery commits to the blend two barrels of finished merlot, produced using sustainable viticultural practices and winemaking techniques. Member-winemakers gather annually to taste and marry barrel samples of their wines to create a blend that defines the characteristics of Long Island merlot, demonstrates the strength of our terroir, and symbolizes the fruits of our cooperation.
The only cooperative wine made on Long Island, Merliance stands as the emblem of our organization, raising the bar for wine quality and creating a sense of community between the members. Each vintage reveals a wine that is something more than the sum of its parts.
Merliance was made in the following vintages: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 (not yet released). (We did not make a 2009 blend.) Click the vintages above for tasting notes for each wine. The 2004, 2005 and 2006 wines are sold out, however, quantities of all other vintages are available.
The sale of Merliance funds the activities of the Alliance, from research initiatives to events such as HARVEST EAST END, organized in conjunction with the Long Island Wine Council. Enjoy our wine with the knowledge that you’re improving the quality and perception of Long Island merlot!
Find Merliance for sale at each of our members’ websites and tasting rooms, and at Empire State Cellars in Riverhead, NY, and The Winemaker Studio in Peconic, NY. For ordering information for particular vintages, please contact us.