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Americas Oldest Winery Turns 175 Years Old


Brotherhood Winery’s Anniversary Marks Significant Milestone For The U.S. Wine Industry

Brotherhood WineryWASHINGTONVILLE, NY (SEPTEMBER 3, 2014)— Brotherhood Winery, America’s Oldest Winery, celebrates its 175th year of harvest this fall. Since its first vintage release in 1839, the Hudson Valley institution has maintained uninterrupted production of its wines each year—surviving the Civil War, two World Wars and even Prohibition—making it the oldestcontinuously operating winery in the United States.

“This milestone not only holds significance for Brotherhood Winery, but also for New York State and the entire U.S. wine industry as a whole,” commented Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. “America is a New World wine producing region, and to be home to an institution that has been making wine for 175 years is of tremendous importance with historical consequence. New York is proud to be the home state of such an organization.”

The Hudson Valley has long been reputed to be the birthplace of the American wine industry, with grape plantings dating back to the early 1800s. Brotherhood Winery—whose origins can be traced back to the first grape vines to have been planted in Orange County—began as a small, family-run operation with wines produced primarily for Sacramental and medicinal purposes. Over the decades, the winery has constantly adapted to meet the shifts in the American palate that has favored a myriad of wine styles over the last 175 years. Today, the winery offers more than 100 wine brands and produces ciders, Ports and customer-favorite seasonal specialty wines.

“What makes Brotherhood so unique for a New York State winery is the wide range of varietal wines it produces including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling and Sparkling,” comments Hernan Donoso, President, Brotherhood Winery. “For decades, we have maintained close relationships with grape growers throughout the state, working with them to cultivate and harvest the highest quality fruit. This allows Brotherhood to work with grapes that best represent the terroir from which they are collected.”

For nearly two centuries, Brotherhood has been an integral part of the Washingtonville community. A pioneer of wine tourism, the winery has attracted thousands of visitors to the quaint town, and as a leader in wine production, has created countless jobs for the area’s residents.

Bob Barrow, one of the company’s head winemakers, was born in Westchester County. After pursuing degrees in Biology and Chemistry at Virginia Tech, Barrow followed his passion for wine and returned home to take up post at Brotherhood where he has been an essential part of the winemaking team throughout his decade-long tenure. Mark Daigle, Production Manager, has been with the company for 35 years, and has applied his international winemaking experience to implement many of the improvements that have brought Brotherhood wines to the global stage.

“It is an incredible feat for Brotherhood to have made it through countless economic, cultural and political barriers to get to this point, thus credit must be given to the people who started this historic winery and those who have carried the responsibility of keeping it moving ever since,” remarks Donoso. “A large part of our success comes from the tremendous support of the community in which we reside, and we thank the Village of Washingtonville, the Shawangunk Wine Trail of the Hudson Valley, and the state of New York for helping us to achieve all that we have done in our 175 years.”

To commemorate the 175th Anniversary, Brotherhood Winery will be releasing three new wines, hosting special on-site events and participating in a myriad of statewide wine and food festivals throughout the season. For media inquiries, please contact Cassandra Bianco at Brand Action Team ([email protected]). For trade inquiries, please contact Stephanie Wagner at Brotherhood ([email protected]). For more information, please visit www.brotherhood-winery.com.

About Brotherhood

Brotherhood remains the oldest winery in America, continuously operating in Washingtonville, New York from 1839 to today. Brotherhood is one of the largest producers of wine in the state of New York for brand and private labels contracts. The winery produces ciders and a variety of internationally-recognized wines including Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ruby Port and Sparkling. Every year Brotherhood hosts thousands of guests who visit the winery to participate in daily tours and tastings, weddings and special events.  For more information, please visit www.brotherhood-winery.com.

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