Barrel ownership is our most personalized service, allowing hands-on
participation in all stages of the winemaking process. You set the level of collaboration. Members also gain access to a host of special services through our concierge.
Participation at All Steps of the Winemaking Process
Grapes—Selected vineyards are contracted to supply grapes. Members consult with the winemaking team prior to harvest to determine the varietal and the vineyard. At harvest, the grapes are picked early in the day, chilled overnight, then express shipped to City Winery.
Crush & Maceration—Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes are inspected and, when deemed ready, destemmed and sorted. This is a great opportunity for members to host a “crush” party and experience the satisfaction of hands-on urban winemaking in Manhattan.
Aging—After fermentation is finished in our state-of-the-art facility, the wine is barreled down to the cellar to begin aging per the winemakers’ and members’ design. Typical aging is six to nine months, but options exist for aging up to 24 months. Members are encouraged to visit the winery often to track the development of their wine and to consult with the winemaking team.
Blending—After the wine has aged to its optimum condition, the members and winemakers discuss options for blending, if considering it. Members can draw on house stocks to further refine their wine as needed. In many cases, no further blending is necessary.
Bottling & Labeling—The finished wine is hand-bottled and labeled right in the winery. Members can choose from a variety of options, from cork to capsule, bottle style, and label design. This final step is the culmination of a unique and fully personalized winemaking experience.
The Result—More than 250 bottles of superb wine made to the individual’s specification and design. A first-class, personalized vintage to enjoy for many years to come. Your wine, your way.