Drink In The View From The World's First Rooftop Vineyard
Talk about a top drop.
Nestled among old, dilapidated warehouses in the trendy New York City borough of Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Navy Yard might not look too special when seen from the street.
That's okay, because it's what's on top of the recently-renovated 19th century building that's really capturing everyone's attention.
The near 15,000 square-foot rooftop is home to the world's first commercially viable urban vineyard, Rooftop Reds, offering NYC vino-lovers a drop with a view.
The vines are grown in 42 state-of-the-art planters arranged in rows, just like a traditional vineyard, with the winery -- where the grapes are crushed and turned into alcohol -- positioned in the middle.
While the project was established in 2015, it's been a four-year wait for the first harvest in keeping with grape production or 'viticulture' best-practice. In 2018 the team expect to bottle five traditional Bordeaux red varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.
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Feature image: Instagram/@rooftopreds