Wine lovers rejoice, the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard has come to Brooklyn. Sprawling over 15,000 square feet, Rooftop Reds is already growing grape vines from fifty planter boxes spread atop the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This urban planter system was developed in conjunction with industry leaders from the Finger Lakes wineries and Cornell University, located less than an hour away in Ithaca, New York. The boxes are projected to be able to produce viable grape vines for the next twenty years.
The first harvest will occur in October 2016 and is expected to produce about 30 cases of New York City’s first urban vintage. A release is planned for the fall of 2017. The first varietals will include cabernet franc, petit verdot, malbec, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon.
The location also currently hosts a bi-weekly Pizza-Wine-Movie night and rooftop yoga on weekends. Event hosting is available for dinner parties, weddings, and other events. The space features a 600 square foot greenhouse lounge, 1200 square foot lawn space, a tasting room, hammocks, and spectacular city views.
As the wines mature and are available for service, Rooftop Reds will host a series of events including rooftop vineyard happy hours, wine and cheese tasting events, educational vineyard tours, and pop-up dining experiences. Each event will bring the location closer to its goal of becoming New York’s most unique wine venue.