Red Hook, Brooklyn, will be the home of a new “urban winery” later this year.
Abe Schoener, excellent and unconventional winemaker from California, told DrVino.com yesterday that he will open the winery in a building on Beard Street sometime late in the summer 2008. Schoener’s partner will be his Brooklyn-based distributor for the NYC area, Mark Snyder of Angel’s Share.
The wine-making facility represents a first for Schoener. Although the former Greek philosophy professor makes compelling and hugely serious wines under his Scholium Project label from California, he does not have a winery there. The Red Hook winery will make exclusively wines from New York State grapes, purchased from vineyards up the Hudson River Valley and from Long Island.
With a slip outside the building, Schoener said yesterday that some of the grapes will be shipped to the new winemaking facility. Not for carbon footprint reasons, mind you, but just because the slip is there easily presenting that option.
Even though the space will be dramatic, with 60 foot ceilings behind door 15 the huge complex on Beard and Van Brunt, it is not yet determined whether it will be open for visitors like the Bridge Urban Winery and Tasting Room in Williamsburg.
The Schoener wine label is currently unnamed but will have a historic reference. It will not be part of the Scholium Project wines.