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.

One of the cellars at Brotherhood Winery
Champagne bottles are stored upside down and rotated regularly. The chalk marks help identify the bottles that need to be turned
The cellars at the winery also served as Fallout Shelter
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
The lights at the cellar
Brotherhood’s own collection of vintage labels

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

Empty bottles
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
Winemakers Philip Dunsmore and Bob Barrow



How to get there
Brotherhood winery is located at 100 Brotherhood Plaza Dr, Washingtonville, NY (2-hour car ride from Manhattan)

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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