Would you love to go on a wine tour? Or create your own special bottle of wine? But hate the 2.5 hour journey outside the city limits to get there? Have no fear Brooklyn welcomes its very first urban winery in the revitalized Williamsburg section.
Brian Leventhal and John Stires quit their jobs in February in order to open Brooklyn Winery in the heart of this once warehouse neighborhood and aren’t we all glad they did. A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of touring the not-yet finished winery and was impressed by the concept and how strongly these guys love their wine. The 7500 sq ft full service winery boasts two event spaces, a winebar, storage facility, wine-making area and outside patio. The concept is simple: to bring the love of wine to NYC. After all Williamsburg is accessible from north, south, east and west with a short drive or train ride away.
With the energetic vibe, you can step into BK Winery to enjoy a cocktail at the wine bar, crush, label and taste your own wine or host a private party. I personally cannot wait to see the finished product. During the tour, I was excited to see how this fantastic idea will finally come to fruition. A few facts to know: Connor McCormack–winemaker, the wines contain no egg whites, or fish byproducts. They can ship in grapes domestically and international and best of all you can interact without an once of pretentiousness. Stay tuned with the grand opening on Thursday, October 14, we New Yorkers will all have the chance to experience a winery without the dreaded travel.