Kareem and Karen Massoud
Paumanok Vineyards/Palmer Vineyards
Kareem Massoud was born in Bahrain in 1972. By the late 1970s his parents, Charles and Ursula Massoud, had moved to Connecticut where they began a search for a site to plant a vineyard. In 1983 they founded Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue, NY, on the North Fork of Long Island.
After earning a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Kareem had a brief career in New York as a private equity analyst at a private investment firm. He decided to move on and ended up back at his family’s estate winery.
Although he has been working full time at Paumanok for the last 23 years, Kareem Massoud has been actively involved in his family’s wine making business since its inception. Kareem is a second generation
winemaker, having learned the trade under his father’s tutelage. His international travels to South Africa, Germany, France, New Zealand and Chile have given him a wide range of experience in the art of winemaking.
Kareem has a Diploma in Wines and Spirits from WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust).
Paumanok has been recognized with numerous accolades over the years including Wine Spectator’s Critic’s Choice Award, NY Wine Classic’s “Winery of the Year” Award and “outstanding” reviews in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and a nomination for Wine Enthusiast’s “American Winery of the Year”.
Outside of Paumanok, Kareem has served on the Executive Board of Long Island Farm Bureau, as Chairman of the New York State Wine Grape Task Force, on the Town of Riverhead Farmland Preservation Committee and presently serves as President of Long Island Wine Country, and on the Community Advisory Board of Peconic Bay Medical Center, a hospital of Northwell Health.
Working at Paumanok Vineyards for 17 years, alongside her husband and family, Karen Massoud continues to support and cultivate the values that have made the vineyard a successful award-winning generational family business in wine making. Massoud’s focus is Wholesale Distribution and growth of the family’s sister vineyard, Palmer Vineyards, purchased in 2018.
As a board member of the Foundation Board at Northwell’s Peconic Bay Medical Center and also on PBMC’s Women’s Health Advisory Panel, Massoud is passionate about the funding and promotion of women’s health. Massoud’s charitable work advocating for East End residents’ accessible health care, has inspired projects to establish multiple women’s health care centers in various communities
Karen Massoud completed her BFA from Theatre Arts Tech/Design major at Adelphi University.
and Associates degree in Theatre Arts/Acting emphasis from Suffolk County Community College. Massoud is also Graduate of Mercy HS in Riverhead and prior to working in the wine business, worked in production and casting in NYC.
Massoud is the proud Mother of a 6 year old daughter and a 4 year old son and enjoys music, running, cooking, baking, event planning, and gathering with friends and family on long hot summer days.