Established in 1996, Raphael is Long Island's premier winery estate, owned and operated by the Petrocelli family. Inspired by the architecture of Italian monasteries, the winery facility evokes an Old World atmosphere defined by traditional craftsmanship and attention to detail. The estate is dedicated to the production of world-class, artisan-style wines. Raphael’s winemaker is Leslie Howard, a native "North Forker" who has worked in the wine industry for 16 years. The goal of Raphael is to produce some of Long Island’s greatest wines, utilizing hand-crafted techniques that allow the natural terroir of the North Fork of Long Island to clearly express itself.