Brotherhood is best described as a winery compound, with numerous buildings for hosting events, group tours and, of course, all the wine making goings-on. Stopping here is just as affordable as other places along the trail, costing only $5 for the tasting (chose between specialty wines or varietals), $7 for the tasting plus a souvenir glass, or $10 for the tasting, the glass and a tour. We just went the $5 route since it wasn't exactly a special occasion, unlike the bachelorette group who sidled up alongside us for the presentation of the wines.
Going down the list of varietals, we touched our tongue to Brotherhood's own Chardonnay, Riesling, Dry Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Blanc de Blanc and even convinced the hostess to slip us a little of the Carroll's Mead. A note on the Riesling: apparently it is the only NY-produced wine to hold pride of place in the wine cellars of the White House, brought in during the Clinton administration. Fun!
Come for a tasting or just a browse, as the cellars' retail sales area stocks a slew of other labels, including Fabullini, aka the wine produced by Real Housewives of New Jersey "star" Teresa Giudice. Yummy?
Best time of the year to visit: Anytime! This is one of the few Shawangunk Wine Trail wineries to stay open year-round, so it's always good for whenever you just need to get outta town and sip on some wine.
April - December: Daily 11am-5pm, Saturday 11am-6pm
January - March: Friday thru Sunday 11am-5pm