Brooklyn is chock full of hidden gems and Rooftop Reds, located in the Navy Yard section of the borough is another one that we couldn’t wait to share with you. This winery is home to the city’s first urban vineyard. Vines were planted on the roof of this industrial complex and maintained by the vineyard’s Managing Director and co-lead wine maker, Devin Shomaker. I had the pleasure of spending time in their tasting room, and man-oh-man were the views of the city breathtaking.
Their selection of wines stays true to the strengths of New York – lots of cool climate offerings such as Chardonnay, Riesling and blends. They also have a great collection of reds, rosés, sparkling wine and ice wine and all are available for purchase through the Rooftop Red label, their sister winery Point of the Bluff, and other portfolio partners such as Fox Run.
It’s been 4 years since the Bordeaux-inspired varietals were first planted on the roof, and this fall will be the first harvest season for these unique vines. How exciting! The wines won’t be ready until 2019 but when they are made available to a lucky few consumers, it will be the first “urban vintage” ever made in New York. Can someone put us on the list for the first tastings so we can be a part of history?!
If you haven’t made it to the Finger Lakes wine region, a trip to Rooftop Reds will give you a lovely introduction to the aromas and sophisticated wine making that the area is capable of. Special shout out to Devin and Will for their hospitality. The team at Rooftop Reds have thought of everything to ensure their guests have an unforgettable experience, and the tasting room staff do a wonderful job guiding you through what flavors to expect with every sip. From picnic-style charcuterie packages to lawn games and hammocks, the vibe they’ve created is all about relaxation. You’re guaranteed to have a blast, so bring friends and stick around for sunset.
We’ll be visiting again and would love to have you join us. Sign up to our new Meetup group for updates and other upcoming tastings.