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Shattering the boundaries of American wine and cider making, Floral Terranes represents a unique melding of agriculture, art, and cultural preservation. Erik Longabardi and Benford Lepley draw on the hidden agricultural history of Erik's native Long Island to produce wines and ciders that are exceptional expressions of terroir. Once an epicenter of farming that supplied Manhattan with food, the landscape of Long Island was inexorably transformed in the latter part of the 20th century, as motorways carved a direct path through the Hempstead plains to the city. Farms gave way to mansions and suburban sprawl, yet the remnants were remarkably preserved, often as part of institutional landscapes (Erik and Benford found 28 apple trees at Banbury Farm, part of the Cold Spring Laboratory complex, and seminaries and monasteries are a valuable part of Floral Terranes’ “suburban terroir”). The Floral Terranes project can also trace some of its DNA back to the Hudson Valley, where Benford worked with Andy Brennan of Aaron Burr Cider, one of the key figures in New York's wild apple cider renaissance.
Their ‘Suburban Moraines’ still cider is made with Black Twig and Winesap apples from Breeze Hill Farm, in the hamlet of Peconic, on the North Fork of Long Island. After a short maceration, it ages in old barrels. Bright, herbal, and complex, this is truly a cider for wine drinkers.