Inside America’s Oldest Winery

A weekend tour amongst the vines of Brotherhood Winery, where the the oldest vinyards still attract the attention of New York natives and anyone who might enjoy a glass of barrel-aged merlot.

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A cafe located on site serves local labels

During Prohibition, Brotherhood remained creative by re-profiling into the production of church wine. It has been noted that the clergy population in the area grew substantially during this period.

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One of the cellars at Brotherhood Winery
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Champagne bottles are stored upside down and rotated regularly. The chalk marks help identify the bottles that need to be turned
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The cellars at the winery also served as Fallout Shelter
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Century-old bottles of wine are carefully preserved
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Before the process was automated, wine casks had to be manually cleaned from the inside
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The lights at the cellar
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Brotherhood’s own collection of vintage labels
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The winery is open for tours on history of the premises and the basics of wine-making
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Despite barcodes, locals still use chalk to identify wine and vintage
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Empty bottles
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The modern production facility where wine is made and packed
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Each tour at the winery ends with a tasting of labels in season
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Research room filled with wine bottles in all forms and shapes
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Winemakers Philip Dunsmore and Bob Barrow
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How to get there
Brotherhood winery is located at 100 Brotherhood Plaza Dr, Washingtonville, NY (2-hour car ride from Manhattan)
brotherhood-winery.com

Hours
Sunday to Friday 11 a.m.—5 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.—7 p.m.

Tours and tasting — $10
Monday—Friday 11:30, 1, 2, and 3:30 p.m.
Weekends as groups gather.

Upcoming event
Wine & Beer Festival
Saturday, July 9, 1—5 p.m.
More about the event

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