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Ground Broken: “District Winery will produce small batch artisanal wines on site”

by Prince Of Petworth August 28, 2016 at 10:05 pm 13 Comments

385 Water Street, SE

Excited to see how this turns out from the folks behind Brooklyn Winery:

“District Winery will occupy 16,000 SF as the sole tenant of a new pavilion building to be developed by Forest City just east of the existing Lumber Shed. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2016 with opening projected for fall 2017.”

Their website adds:

“From the team behind Brooklyn Winery, District Winery will produce small batch artisanal wines on site. This new space will also offer a restaurant featuring refined cuisine and a full service private event venue ideal for elegant weddings, corporate gatherings, and other celebrations. Coming 2017 to The Yards.”


  • DC Denizen

    ‘Artisanal wines’ should be banned from all marketing materials and/or the English language.

    • Thor

      calling wine artisanal should be enough of a reason not to buy that wine.

  • Really depends on who they’re buying their grapes from, since they’re obviously not being grown here.

    • KP

      I’m really uninterested for this reason. I’d rather just drive out to wine country.

      • KenyonDweller

        Nonsense, many excellent small wineries buy their grapes from bigger operations. What you do with the grapes when you get them is just as important as the grapes themselves.

        • It’s not just as important, but it is a factor.

      • Yeah it’s essentially someone else doing all the work, then you put it in a bottle with a label and take the credit. That doesn’t mean it can’t be good, but there’s little “DC” about it other than the address.

      • Anon

        I’d actually prefer they source their grapes from a region (not ours) that can actually produce decent wine.

  • Anon

    I was sad to see this was being built right behind where the Yards Park concerts are held. It was a nice patch of grass for people who didn’t want to cram into the crowded area right in front of the stage.

    • jch

      Agreed. I was hoping this was being built over the surface lot. All the surface lot’s around the navy yard need to disappear and parking needs to be buried beneath the buildings.

      • E

        If you look at the Forest City website (or even go to JDland and look at upcoming projects) you’ll see that almost every patch of grass and parking lot is going to be developed. It’s not surprising, but it’s kind of sad. I thought the biggest draw about the Yards park area was the amount of open green space but I guess the developers don’t share that sentiment.

        • Anony

          Seriously, the Cap Waterfront is becoming a mass of concrete. Even the open spaces are almost entirely concrete

          • SW,DC

            it’s really not that bad. there is still green space all over the area- and they just built even more (temporary) green space on M. There is plenty to do outdoors. walk along the water, canal park, Yards, park etc. I too would rather see the lots stay grass, but at the same time Forrest City didn’t invest heavily so we could enjoy grass…


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