Newman Wine Vaults
Visit Newman Wine Vaults in downtown St. John's, NL, to explore the old architecture of this 1700's wine cellar & to uncover the many secrets held within. The building, one of the oldest structures in St. John’s, is a registered historic structure whose stone and brick masonry dates back to the late 1700’s!
The History of Newman Wine Vaults in Newfoundland
The year was 1679 and a ship loaded with port wine set out from Portugal toward London. Along the route, a French privateer tried to detain the ship and, in its escape, the ship was thrown off-course. The weather grew stormy and the ship suffered some damages. A decision was made to divert to Newfoundland and remain there through the winter. Upon the ship's arrival in London the following spring, the consensus was that the wine had a noticeably improved flavor, something that was attributed to St. John's climate. As a result, the Newman brothers began aging their wine in St. John's at Newman wine vaults, a practice that continued for 300 years.