As part of a growing trend across the country, urban wineries are sprouting up on concrete without on-site vineyards. Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood located on Dwight Street in an old munitions plant within walking distance to IKEA is a good example. This winery has restored Brooklyn’s faded wine making tradition once practiced exclusively in kosher enclaves and Italian-American basements.
Since there isn’t any large scale grape farming in Brooklyn…yet, the vine ripened fruits are shipped in from Long Island’s North Fork. California vintners Bob Foley and Mark Snyder utilize a mix of traditional and technologically advanced methods. Most large-scale producers choose to use additives but here they add pure yeast inoculates, crush grapes by hand four times a day, and then put them into barrels to ferment. The wines’ signature label, featuring a red metallic stevedore hook, is a tribute to the longshoreman who inhabited the neighborhood when it was the hub for grain shipments arriving via the Erie Canal.
photo courtesy of Red Hook Winery