10 Urban Wineries to Visit in 2015
Before there was Prohibition, there were urban wineries. Now, almost 100 years later, they are making a comeback. With America’s 21st-century urban winery revival now in full swing, Grape Collective takes a look at ten urban wineries to visit in 2015.
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London Cru Winery
Housed in a former gin distillery, London Cru Winery - located in the Fulham area of London, England - is central London’s first winery. Overseen by winemaker Gavin Monery, London Cru Winery features wines sourced from vineyards all across Europe - including Château de Corneilla in the Roussillon wine region of France, Mas Coutelou in the Languedoc wine region of France, and Cordero di Montezemolo in the Piedmont wine region of Italy - with a focus on minimal intervention.
Offering tastings, tours, and other events involving wines, London Cru Winery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
To purchase London Cru Winery’s wines, click here.
Red Hook Winery
Opened in 2008 in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Red Hook Winery is a result of the relentless effort of owner Mark Snyder. After convincing Napa winemakers Abe Schoener and Robert Foley to trade in their California cult status for New York vines, Snyder was forced to endure the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Today, Red Hook Winery is still going strong with a tasting room featuring wines sourced from as many as 15 different New York vineyards.
Open seven days a week until 5 p.m., Red Hook Winery offers daily tastings beginning at $5 as well as tours, events, and merchandise.
To purchase Red Hook Winery’s wines, click here.
Bluxome Street Winery
Bluxome Street Winery is located at the birthplace of America’s urban winery: the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Known as the South of the Slot neighborhood before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and 18th Amendment decimated California’s burgeoning urban wine movement, SoMa has been reinvigorated by Bluxome Street Winery’s tasting room and event space that features food-friendly wines sourced from the Balinard Vineyard in the Russian River and Green Valley wine regions.
Complete with edibles, wearables, and housewares, Bluxome Street Winery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 to 7 p.m., offering wines by-the-bottle beginning at $22, wines by-the-flight beginning at $10, and wines by-the-glass beginning at $6.
Now with locations in New York, New York, Chicago, Illinois, Napa, California, and Nashville, Tennessee, City Winery is at the forefront of the new American urban wine movement. The brainchild of founder Michael Dorf, City Winery’s flagship - opened in 2008 in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City - is Manhattan’s first fully operational winery, restaurant, and performance space, featuring food, concerts, classes, tours, and events in a variety of configurations and transforming the working winery concept into a full-fledged cultural experience - you can even make your own wine!
Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week until 1 a.m. - with concert, barrel room, and private dining options - City Winery offers wines by-the-bottle beginning at $39 (on site) and $18 (to go), wines by-the-tap beginning at $27 (carafe) and $10 (glass), and wines by-the-glass beginning at $10.
Hoping to create authentic Old World-style wines that express both the moment they were crafted and the moment they are enjoyed, ENSO Winery opened in a garage in the Buckman neighborhood of Portland, Oregon in 2011. Today, ENSO Winery features a tasting lounge flush with wines sourced from the Horse Heaven Hills wine region of Washington, Shenandoah Valley wine region of Amador County, California, and Willamette Valley wine region of Oregon courtesy of winemaker Ryan Sharp as well as Portland-made wine, beer, charcuterie, cheese, bread, and snacks courtesy of other local producers.
With an aperitivo (happy hour) from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, ENSO Winery is open seven days a week and offers wines by-the-bottle beginning at $14 and wines by-the-glass beginning at $6.
Opened in 1996 in the Winton Place neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, Henke Winery now resides in the Westwood neighborhood of Cincinnati. Part winery, part restaurant, part performance space, Henke Winery features award-winning wine sourced from the Ohio River Valley wine region courtesy of winemaker Joe Henke, eclectic American cuisine inspired by the Canton, Ohio upbringing of Chef Scott Guynup, and live music by local artists.
With tastings available Tuesdays through Thursdays as well as Friday and Saturday during off-peak hours for just $1 per taste (or $10 for a flight of seven pre-selected wines), Henke Winery is open five days a week, offering wines by-the-bottle beginning at $11 (to go) and $14 (on site) and wines by-the-glass beginning at $5.50.
To view Henke Winery’s wine list and purchase Henke Winery’s wines, click here.
Located in the Balloon Fiesta Park/North I-25 neighbohood of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Gruet Winery is the brainchild of winemaker Gilbert Gruet. Having founded Champagne house Gruet et Fils in Bethon, France in 1967, Gruet began growing grapes in Engle, New Mexico in 1984 and continues to make wine according to traditional French methods with his family today.
Specializing in Champagne-style sparkling wines as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Gruet Winery features a tasting room open six days a week for tastings and events with wine sourced from some of the highest vineyards in the United States.
To purchase Gruet Winery’s wines, click here.
Times Ten Cellars
With two locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex - one in the Lakewood neighborhood of Dallas, Texas and the other in the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Fort Worth, Texas - Times Ten Cellars features picturesque tasting rooms, lounges, and event spaces. The winery sources their wines from the high desert Cathedral Mountain Vineyard, which produces Tempranillo, Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc with relentless sun, cool nights, and mineral-rich, rocky, volcanic soil.
Open seven days a week, Times Ten Cellars’ tasting room also offers wines by-the-bottle beginning at $19 (take home) and $22 (on site) and wines by-the-glass beginning at $7 as well as small plates of food, gourmet salads, desserts, and delivery from local restaurants if you’re hungry for a little something extra.
The Infinite Monkey Theorem
Opened in a back alley of the RiNo Arts District in 2008, The Infinite Monkey Theorem is located in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, where the winemakers have eschewed traditional winery fair in favor of a focus on pure quality and flavor. Letting the culture and community of Denver influence The Infinite Monkey Theorem’s wines as much as any oenological element, founder Ben Parsons has revolutionized the Denver urban wine scene, using kegs, cans, and bottles to bring his wine to the masses.
In addition to their own labels and merchandise, The Infinite Monkey Theorem offers a fully functional wine bar - open seven days a week - as well as winery tours and tastings - and, be sure to keep an eye out for The Infinite Monkey Theorem’s new location coming to Austin, Texas in the spring of 2015.
To purchase The Infinite Monkey Theorem’s wines, click here.
Located just outside of Oakland, Calfornia in the San Francisco Bay Area, Broc Cellars started small: a warehouse in the West Berkeley neighborhood of Berkeley, California.Today, winemaker Chris Brockway focuses on making what he calls ‘site specific’ wines - wines which derive character from sustainable, organic, or biodynamic grapes grown in climates most would consider marginal.
Believing that it is a vineyard’s struggle to survive that truly develops a wine’s character and complexity, Brockway’s wines range from the bold - like the 2013 Vine Starr Sonoma County Zinfandel - to the ethereal - like the 2013 Love Red blend of Carignan, Valdiguié, and Petite Sirah - and, even, the collaborative - like the 2012 Margarita Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, created with fellow minimal intervention winemakers at Broadside. With a tasting room open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m., Broc Cellars also hosts tastings and events.
To purchase Broc Cellars’ wines, click here.