Red Hook Winery Set to Reopen March 1 After Sandy Damage

By Nikhita Venugopal on February 28, 2013 4:34pm 

RED HOOK — After taking a stomping from Hurricane Sandy, The Red Hook Winery is finally reopening their doors, March 1, for tours and tastings.

The winery will continue their regular working hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will resume their tours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The wine bar will also bring back their tasting sessions on weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To boost local businesses, the Red Hook winery will conduct free tours for customers who bring a receipt from any neighborhood shop.

The neighborhood will also welcome Fairway Market back to the community as they are slated to reopen on March 1 as well.

Hurricane Sandy caused about $1 million to $2 million worth of “awe-inspiring” devastation to the winery, said resident wine-maker Christopher Nicolson, which included damage to the building, bottles, casks and wine-making equipment.

“All [the equipment] were just blitzed,” he said.

Nicolson added that they had just completed their 2012 harvest before the storm hit and destroyed everything. “We lost living fermentation.”

The winery continued to sell wines that were stored off-site, even as construction was underway to rebuild the center. The Red Hook wine stop had been closed for tours and tastings, but after extensive renovations to the walls, bathroom and bar area, they will resume Friday.

While renovations are not yet fully completed, the winery has been rebuilt to a state where it can be open to the public again, said Nicolson. He said they hoped to have all renovations completed by the end of spring.

For more information, visit The Red Hook Winery website.

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