Russell Hearn – Winemaker
With 30 years of winemaking experience, in Australia, New Zealand, France and the USA, Russell Hearn has taken his Australian training with him throughout the journey. During the last 20 years on the North Fork of Long Island, Russell has established himself as an industry veteran who has helped forge our region one known for producing World Class Wines.
As winemaker for Pellegrini Vineyards, in Cutchogue, since 1991 Russell has garnered five, 90 point scores from the Wine Spectator.
“Pellegrini Vineyards has a solid track record for making excellent reds including Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon” Tom Mathews, Wine Spectator.
Hugh Johnson gives Pellegrini Vineyards ‘Four Stars’ and states ” Pellegrini’s Merlot is opulent, it’s Chardonnay stylish, Bordeaux-like Cabernet Sauvignon… and has inspired winemaking”
Howard Goldberg of the New York Times states “His wines reflect his origins. Most are plump, mellow, drinkable early, and promise to age nicely.”
Russell has continued to drive the style and quality of Pellegrini Wines for almost two decades.
He has consulted for a number of wineries on the North Fork of Long Island, in the Finger Lakes, in New England and in Virginia. He has lectured at Industry Technical Conferences in: New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Russell is the founding partner of Premium Wine Group (est. 2000), a Custom Crush facility in Mattituck. Over the last decade, Premium has intertwined itself as a critical factor in the Long Island wine industry, encouraging small, finer quality wine producers like Suhru™ Wines to flourish.
As the winemaker of Suhru™ Wines, Russell brings his vast experience and knowledge, derived from two decades in the New York wine industry. He has developed relationships with quality growers from around the State, which factor into the quality fruit selection that goes into Suhru™ Wines. He thoroughly enjoys bringing his wine experience and passion to the creation of wines of unique distinction and style that we both enjoy and hope you do as well.
Professional Memberships & Activities
Long Island Wine Council
New York Wine and Grape Foundation
Frequent presenter at wine industry events, civic organizations, colleges and universities.
Suhru™ Wines distributes our wines throughout New York State and New Jersey. Look for our wines in your favorite Restaurants and Retail outlets. You can order our wines directly from this website and have them shipped to you.