America’s Oldest Winery at the Greenmarket Today and Tomorrow (Yep, They’re Local)

Ye Olde Wine Barrels

Speaking of winemakers, did you know that this country’s oldest continually operated winery is just 60 miles north of the city? (Actually readers of Edible Brooklyn might: It was covered it back in the fall of 2007 in a story on the Hudson Valley wine region.)

It’s called Brotherhood Winery, established complete with castle-like underground wine caves in 1839 in the Orange County town of Washingtonville.

And the history of the Hudson River Valley as a winemaking region — there’s a even a Shawangunk Wine Trail! — goes back further, with the first wine grapes planted by French Huguenots in the late 16oos. The vintners behind Brotherhood will be on hand to sell their wines today at Union Square Greenmarket and tomorrow at Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket in Brooklyn. Meet the makers! Taste some history!

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Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.