Meet our Cidermaker
In his role as cidermaker at Riverhead Cider House, Greg will be responsible for the production and creative development of a wide array of ciders and limited release custom reserves.
Greg Gove studied chemistry at Cortland and Columbia Universities. In 1985 he decided to apply his chemistry knowledge to winemaking when he began working at Hargrave Vineyards. After three years at Hargrave, Greg moved to Pindar Vineyards where he was intrigued by the wide range of varietals under cultivation there. Greg spent nine years of Pindar before moving on to set up Laurel Lake Vineyards in 1997. In 1999, alter Ursula and Paul Lowerre purchased Peconic Bay Winery and Greg was brought in as winemaker.
In his tenure as winemaker at Peconic Bay Winery, Greg garnered over 100 medals in various competitions. Greg's winemaking earned Peconic Bay numerous accolades over the years, including Best Chardonnay in New York State at the New York Wine & Food Classic in 2000, 2004 and 2007 and Best Merlot in New York State at the New York Wine & Food Classic in 2006. The 2001 Merlot also won Best in Class at the L. A. County Fair and the 2005 Riesling was named one of the Top 10 Rieslings in the U.S. at the Canberra International Riesling Competition in 2007.
Greg taught an Enology course at Suffolk Community College with the intention of cultivating young local people to work in the winemaking industry. He has trained many young people in this business over the past 30 years. Two of them became Winemakers at local wineries.
Greg started producing hard cider in 2008 ond was one of the first to produce cider on Long Island. He developed the very successful brand 'True Believer", a blend of several apple varietals grown on the south fork by Halsey Farms. Several natural fruits and spices were also included in the blend. The cider sold out every year and the brand was eventually purchased by the Brotherhood Winery and is still produced today. Joining the Riverhead Ciderhouse team begins a new exciting chapter for Greg in his Cider and Wine making career.
When he's not making cider, Greg is spending time with his wife and two teenage children at his home in Aquebogue. He is very involved in the local community and has coached the local soccer team and assists coaching hockey at the Greenport Ice Rink.