What is Rooftop Reds?
In the spring of 2015, Rooftop Reds introduced the world’s first commercially viable urban rooftop vineyard in New York City. Our mission is ambitious, going well beyond merely bringing viticulture to the urban agriculture industry. Rooftop Reds will spearhead the New York State innovative wine market and plant the seeds for a new generation of viticulture enthusiasts.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard might not be exactly what comes to mind when envisioning a terroir that is suitable for viticulture. But with the help of Finger Lakes industry leaders and Cornell University, we have developed an urban planter system that is the first of its kind. Rooftop Reds has commissioned 42 of these state-of-the-art planters to fill our 14,800 square-foot rooftop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. With these in place, production of a sustainable and completely Brooklyn vintage will be possible
Wine Production: Tasting Wine Produced by the Rooftop
As our vines mature (first harvest was in October 2017), the winery produces six wines made from grapes sourced from New York State's Finger Lakes region. These bottles, along with a carefully-curated selection of wine from other Finger Lakes producers such as Sheldrake Point, Hermann J. Wiemer, and Chateau Lafayette, will be available to customers who visit the rooftop this season. It's a rare opportunity to sample unique, lesser-known wines from the Finger Lakes, an under-appreciated wine region area still largely unknown even amongst New Yorkers.
More Than Just Wine Tasting!
We will be hosting a series of events in New York's most unique wine venue. These include rooftop vineyard happy hours, pop-up dining experiences, wine, cheese and chocolate tastings, pizza-wine-movie nights, summer BBQ's and educational viticulture tours, among many others.