Dr. Herodotus Damianos, Founder of Long Island’s Largest Winery, Dies
Damianos's wineries, Pindar and Duck Walk, contributed immensely to the local economy.
By Anna Lee C. Iijima
Today, Pindar is the largest winery on Long Island, growing 17 varieties of grapes and producing 70,000 cases of wine annually. Duck Walk produces an additional 35,000 cases of wine annually. The two vineyards and wineries had been listed for sale last summer at an unnamed price.
According to Steven Bates, Executive Director of the Long Island Wine Council, Dr. Damianos was a leader both within the wine community and beyond. “The size and scale of his wine operations meant that Pindar and Duck Walk became important forces in the local economy, accounting for hundreds of jobs and thousands of tourists to the North Fork every year,” said Bates.
"Dr. Damianos helped to introduce many people to Long Island wine. Although his wine production may have been small by global standards, the amount of his planted acreage Long Island enabled him to achieve economies of scale that enabled him to keep price points relatively low while offering a diverse range of wines. Some of his labels continue to be immensely popular and enjoy a very loyal following," said Bates.
Dr. Damianos is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons Alexander, Jason and Pindar; daughters Alethea Damianos Conroy and Eurydice; and four grandchildren. The two wineries will be maintained by his children who serve various functions within their grape growing, wine making and business operations.