Did You Know New York State Is Home To The Oldest Winery In America?
Here's a smooth delicious fact- Did you know that New York State is home to the oldest winery in all of America?
For a state that's well known for the Finger Lakes and classic wine, we are also well known for historic winery. Brotherhood Winery was founded before the American Civil War. It's been going strong since 1839.
Is Brotherhood really the oldest winery in the United States? Who was the founder, and was he a Scottish emigrant, a French Huguenot, or a cloistered monk? Where did the name Brotherhood actually come from? How did the winery survive Prohibition? Did Brotherhood truly invent wine tourism? And how did it become the premium winery it is today?
Brotherhood Winery is located in Washingtonville. In 2000 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. How did it all start?
Brotherhood Winery was started by John Jaques. Through the years of it's beginning, it was deeded in 1858 to his three sons, John Jr., Oren, and Charles, who later renamed it "Jaques Brothers' Winery". In 1886, James M. Emerson and his son, Edward R., acquired the winery from Charles, the last surviving Jaques brother. The Emersons renamed the operation "Brotherhood" and expanded its facilities. The winery remained in operation during Prohibition as it produced sacramental wine for the Catholic Church.
What Type Of Wine Is Produced There?
According to the internet, the winery was known for its Vitis labrusca-based wines, their spiced "holiday wine," and they also produce specialty wines, including one flavored with ginseng and a May wine with sweet strawberry flavors. The winery also produces a version of wine similar to mead made from wildflower honey and an Ethiopian-style honey wine.
In the 1970s the winery began producing wines made from French hybrid grapes, which the winery still sells. Under the ownership of Cesar Baeza the winery has begun creating wines from Vitis vinifera grapes. Wines include cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot, chardonnay, riesling and a white zinfandel."
You can check out their total wine catalog online here.
Take A Tour
If you're looking to go on a historic trip, you can book tours online here. The cost is only $25 per person.
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