Brooklyn West is an urban winery in Oakland’s Jack London Square.
We are surrounded by concrete, brick and the grit of a real city. The Oakland Estuary is just outside our front door.
There are no vineyards here. We believe that’s a good thing. Why?
No Vineyards = No Limits
…No limits to our ability to make seriously good wines from a variety of grapes grown in their optimal terroir throughout California, allowing you to discover amazing wines from all over the state, rather than just being limited to the Cabernet or Chardonnay growing in the backyard of Chateau-du-Faux.
…No limits to the quality of our wine at Brooklyn West. Our wines are carefully tended and hand-crafted by our award-winning winemaking team. Our wines are artisanal, small batches that are uniquely expressive of place and individual style.
…No limits to creating a unique and comfortable space to lounge and enjoy wine. Unlike the tasting rooms in wine country, at Brooklyn West, you won’t need to blow your whole paycheck on tasting fees or feel that you need to pretend you have a Masters of Wine to have a great time with us. We want you to experience a seriously unpretentious place to hang out and savor wine, to indulge your senses, and to give learning and experiencing more about
wine and the winemaking process a swirl.
We are often asked why the winery is named Brooklyn West. The short answer is fuhgeddaboutit (just kidding). Actually,
the short answer is that our family roots go back to Brooklyn. Our winemaker, Stewart Epstein and his wife Michelle have a life story centered on migration from Brooklyn to the West. 3 of their 4 parents were born in Brooklyn and Michelle was born and lived there for over 30 years. Due to a triumph of online dating between Stew and Michelle (thank you, Jdate)! they found their Brooklyn destinies intertwined out West in California.
Jeffrey Fiegel, our Assistant Winemaker is from Wichita, Kansas, but we forgive him for that – someone has to represent the rest of the country!) The longer answer about our winery’s name is that Brooklyn West ties into both the history and the current zeitgeist of Oakland. Many folks don’t know that Oakland WAS the Brooklyn of the West.
Brooklyn, California was formed in 1856.
Brooklyn commemorates the name of the ship that had brought over 200 Mormon settlers from
New York to California. Oakland annexed Brooklyn in 1872 and the area is now known as East Oakland.
It has been definitely been said, written about, and pondered on more than once that Oakland IS the
Brooklyn of the West. Just as New Yorkers now make their way to Brooklyn for innovative experiences in culture, food,
and art, San Franciscans and Bay Area residents and visitors increasingly head to Oakland to do the same.
We are extremely proud to be part of the creative vitality and cultural diversity that makes Oakland so special.