America's oldest wine cellar at Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville

Tours are open at first come first serve basis to explore the history of winemaking in America that dates back to 1839.

News 12 Staff

May 16, 2024, 11:56 AM

Updated 27 days ago

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In the heart of Washingtonville is Brotherhood Winery, known to be the oldest winery in the country.
Tours are open at first come first serve basis to explore the history of winemaking in America that dates back to 1839.
The state and national historic landmark brings you 14 feet underground through dimly lit cellars that were carved out by hand.
A collection of antique original artifacts show the progress of the wine-making process.
It's in tandem with how technology has developed throughout American history, and its right here in the country's oldest wine cellar.
"And the reason we're able to say that is because we were open during prohibition, we were providing church wine, like alter wine, and that's how we were able to stay in business," Gina Marie of Brotherhood Winery said.
Brotherhood Winery continues to produce and bottle its own with grapes from New York, California and around the world.
It is stored among hundreds of oak barrels that line the cellar walls.
Some of the oldest tower over your tour.
"These were our original barrels that were used, that's why they're so large, the ones we use today they only hold 60 gallons, these ones hold up 1,000 to 2,700," Gina said.
Your tour will also take you to a corner, tucked in one of the vaults, where some of the oldest and untouched wine in the cellars are stored.
Unlock the secrets of American winemaking history through the vaults of time on this Road Trip Close to Home.
Learn more about tours by clicking here https://brotherhood-winery.com/winery/tours/


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