A new winery for Red Hook, Brooklyn

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.


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10 Responses to “A new winery for Red Hook, Brooklyn”

  1. Huh? Red Hook? There was nothing in this area but today you’ll find the passenger ship terminal for Cunard & Princess, Fairway and now ….a winery?

  2. just saw you mentioned in a recent NY Times Article: (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/09/dining/09winebars.html). I thought, where have I seen that name, Dr. Vino before. And then I remembered! In March of 2006, I referenced your wine map and you left a comment on my website! (http://virtualobscurity.com/2006/05/30/wine-wine-and-more-wine/) looks like your website has taken off, congratulations! Keep up the good work!

  3. So cool . . .
    so how do I sign up to be a flunky . . . .I’ll clean tubing . . . it seems like a great place for one . . .red hook rocks now- great food, a great wine and spirits store (leneils) and a few nice music venues (mainly the jalopy theater, where I sometimes get to play!).

  4. No grapes?! Not true. I have to get rid of about 80 lbs (not exaggerating) of grapes every year! They are more than welcome to them!

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  8. Hope this doesn’t interfere with Scholium- I’ve liked what I tried a lot and want to try more!

  9. My parents grew up in Red Hook and I brought my sons over for a visit about 3 weeks ago. We got sandwiches at Defonte’s (the best in the world) and sat down at the new pier. Before we left we bought one of Steve’s Key Lime Pies (delicious) and drove around their block Pioneer Street, Visitation Church and where my mom and dad met Tickle Engineering. Long Live Red Hook!!!

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