Published: 2:00 AM – 06/12/13
WASHINGTONVILLE — Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery, and a member of the Shawangunk Wine Trail, has been awarded a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for outstanding work in wine tourism.

The award places Brotherhood among the top-performing 10 percent of all businesses worldwide on the TripAdvisor website.

“We are honored to receive this Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor,” said Colleen Hughes, spokeswoman for Brotherhood. “We work hard to make sure that every guest at Brotherhood has a wonderful, memorable experience, and this award reflects that effort.”

TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award honors hospitality excellence and is given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria includes the volume of reviews received.

Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery, in Washingtonville, has the distinction of being home to the oldest wine cellars in the United States, excavated by hand from 1839 through the late 1880s, which are still in use today. Brotherhood survived the Prohibition era by producing sacramental wine, nationwide, for churches. When Prohibition was repealed, it went on to pioneer “wine tourism” and became a premier destination, known for its history and premium New York varietal wines.

Most recently, Brotherhood’s new board of directors has embarked on a massive restoration and renovation project at the winery, which includes equipment upgrades, the planting of new vines, the addition of a restaurant on the property and an expansive event space, Grand Monarque Hall, to host weddings and large-scale events.


Shawangunks Wine Trail's Wreath Fineries

Celebrate the holidays at Brotherhood Winery!  Join us for a weekend of fun on December 11 and 12 from 10 AM to 6 PM.  Sample our award winning wines, get discounts on your favorite Brotherhood wines and take a tour through our beautiful underground cellars.  You will also receive a limited edition Shawangunks Wine Trail ornament and a souvenir wine glass.  Discover new wines and learn why Brotherhood is America’s Oldest operating winery.

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Tree Lighting 2011

Tree Lighting 2011 December 2 7:30 PM

Many years ago, during a tree scouting trip, the Garden’s Division of Rockefeller Center discovered the thirty-five foot pine tree that lives in the middle of Brotherhood Winery. Several offers were made to purchase the tree for the Rockefeller Center tree lighting celebration, but the winery chose not to part with it. Instead, the winery decorates the tree with lights every year in celebration of the holidays and this year will be no exception.

Brotherhood Winery would like to invite everyone to the first annual Village of Washingtonville Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert featuring student choirs from local schools.

Admission is FREE.

Friday, December 2 – 7:30 PM

Brotherhood Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon was served at a Department of State dinner.  Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, and Hillary Clinton all shared the stage last night for a reception to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the diplomatic reception rooms on the 8th floor of the State Department’s Foggy Bottom headquarters.

Click here to read the full article by Foreign Policy.

Brotherhood Cabernet and Dry Riesling

Monroe Room Mantel

Monroe Room Mantel

Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery opens Grand Monarque Hall our historic landmark building that was destroyed by a fire in 1999.

The Grand Monarque Hall, or the Grand Salon as it has often been called, is an early 19th century stone building with towering ceilings, hand crafted wooden floors, exposed wooden beams and ten foot round antique wrought iron chandeliers that all come together in a historic setting full of old world charm.

Grand Monarque Salon

Grand Monarque Salon

The clean and open floor plan of almost five thousand square feet offers the flexibility of creating indoor events of many different sizes and types. From elegant weddings, private parties and corporate banquets to charity balls, trade shows and cultural events, the Grand Monarque Hall can be designed to accommodate a wide variety of events and gatherings.

An equally grand English cobblestone patio frames a magnificent stone fountain and extends the event experience outdoors creating endless possibilities and a beautiful space with both indoor and outdoor capabilities.

Grand Monarque Hall - Patio

Grand Monarque Hall - Patio

Read an article by the Chronicle.

*Some dates and facts in this article are not accurate. The Grand Monarque Hall was built in 1860 and was actually where the wine was made before it was converted into an event space.

Best Commercial Roof Top Project – Hudson Valley Clean Energy of Rhinebeck for installing a clean energy system at Brotherhood Winery, America’s oldest winery in Washingtonville. The 81.7 kilowatt (kW) system installed in November 2010 is helping to offset the electrical needs of the bottling plant by 33 percent and saving approximately 73 tons of CO2 from entering the earth’s atmosphere each year.