Winemaking

"My goal is always to make wines that are balanced, delicious and reflective of the vineyard. The Macari vineyard is a very unique and magical place with an immense amount of diversity and beauty. My goal is to capture the essence of that beauty and life in the wines." – Kelly Urbanik Koch, Winemaker

Kelly Urbanik Koch

Our winemaking team is led by Kelly Urbanik Koch from St. Helena, California. Kelly’s love of wine stems from early childhood, growing up closely connected to vineyards in her hometown. From a young age, she worked on her grandfather’s vineyard and enjoyed making homemade wine with her father and grandfather. Kelly received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of California, Davis in Viticulture and Enology with a minor in French. She has worked at a number of prestigious wineries including Beringer in California and Maison Louis Jadot in France under the tutelage of legendary winemaker Jacques Lardière. Kelly arrived to the North Fork of Long Island in 2006 and has since been honored with many winemaking awards and recognitions including 90+ points from Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine & Spirits; medals from the New York Wine and Food Classic (including best in category), medals from the International Woman’s Wine Competition, and honors from Decanter.

Helmut Gangl

Helmut Gangl is the Macari family’s long-time friend and consultant from Illmitz, Austria. Helmut studied at the University of Agriculture in Vienna and works for the Federal Office of Viticulture in Eisenstadt, Austria specializing in grape viruses and viticulture research. He is a member of the Austrian Tasting Commission and is a judge at many international wine competitions. Along with his wife, Katharina, Helmut owns and operates Gangl Wines located in Illmitz in the Burgenland wine region.  Helmut’s specialties at Macari are the Block E dessert wine and Early Wine Chardonnay.  He was extremely honored when Macari’s Block E dessert wine was served at The White House for a Governors Dinner in March of 2011.