Frequently Asked Questions
Are there really 3 brothers?
Yes, they do exist! However, not all 3 own the estate. Dave and his wife Luanne, along with a third partner, Erica, own Three Brothers Wineries & Estates/War Horse Brewing Co. Each winery is modeled after one of Dave’s brothers’ personalities as they were the inspiration.
How long has TBW been here?
Parts of the vineyard were planted in the early 80’s. Newland Vineyards was established in the late 80’s (now the office building next to the front parking lot).
Nagy’s Newland Winery opened in the early 90s. Our current owners purchased the winery in 2006 and built/established what is now Three Brothers Wineries. The current winery tasting rooms opened in 2007, followed by the original brewery in 2009. Almost each year one of our tasting room has received an expansion.
How many acres does TBW have?
We currently have 30 acres under vine of primarily vinifera grapes.
Do you make your own wine & beer?
Yes we do! We have made our own wine since our opening in 2007. And as of Spring 2016, we can proudly say we brew all of our own beers as well. Make sure to check out our new War Horse Brewing Co. tasting room!
How far apart are your tasting rooms? Do we have to drive to each of them?
One of the great things about Three Brothers is that all 4 tasting rooms are all located within walking distance right on the estate. Just park your car and visit any tasting room to get started!
Do you allow guests under the age of 21 on your property?
Yes, we do allow underage guests on the estate. They will not be permitted to taste alcohol. However, they are welcome to do some shopping and sample our homemade sodas in the brewery!
Do you have food available?
Yes! Iron Heart Coffee Company is located across from Stony Lonesome Wine Cellars and serves pizza, salad, giant soft pretzels, sandwiches, sweet treats and coffee drinks. Limited menu on weekdays during the winter.
Why do you only take groups until 1PM?
We do this in order to control the flow of traffic in the tasting rooms, as well as encourage groups on buses & limos to make us their first stop. Due to the nature of having 4 tasting rooms on one premise, we have learned from experience that the 1PM deadline works best for both parties. This also gives general car traffic the opportunity to get a spot at the tasting bar as it can be very overwhelming for them when the parking lot is full of buses & limos.
How long will it take for my group to go through the entire estate?
We recommend allowing 90 minutes to enjoy your tastings, do some shopping, and make any purchases.
Do you have a case club?
Yes, we have a Family Club. Purchase 5 cases of wine in a calendar year and you’ll receive a lifetime family membership! Benefits include complimentary tasting passports, fantastic discounts on wine, and invites to family-club exclusive events. Make sure to sign up when you visit!
When is the best time to visit?
That really depends on the atmosphere you’re looking for! Early summer through late fall is our peak season. Weekends are extremely busy, so there may be crowds and a wait to taste. Saturdays are by far the busiest days of the week, while weekdays will be quieter. If you plan on arriving by bus or limo during peak season, be sure to make your reservation early.
Winter through early spring is our off season. We do have shorter operating hours during this time. If you visit on a weekday, there is a good chance you could have the entire winery to yourself.
Do you host weddings?
We do not host weddings on the estate. We stay busy running 4 tasting rooms, a café, coffee shop, and 2 production facilities!
What does R.S. stand for?
R.S. stands for Residual Sugar. The higher the percentage, the sweeter the wine.
What does IBU stand for?
IBU stands for International Bitterness Unit. It measures the actual bitterness of a beer.
I have an empty beer growler! What can I do with it?
We would love to refill your War Horse growler. Actually, we would love to fill any of your growlers with War Horse beer, cider, or soda. However, please note that empty growlers cannot be returned for a refund. Besides, why would you want to return it when you can refill it! Other ideas can be found on Pinterest for all of you crafty folks out there.
What states do you ship wine to?
We currently ship wine to New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Ohio, North Carolina & New Hampshire. We can ship our wine slushie mix and merchandise to any state.
We ship our beer & cider anywhere in New York state!
Is your wine available in liquor stores?
Yes! We currently have our wine in approximately 200 liquor stores around New York state. If the wine you are looking for is not in your nearest liquor store, please ask them for it! Stores can contact us for a special request. Oftentimes, this leads to them carrying our wines year round. So basically, it’s a win-win.
Do you have wine slushies all year?
Absolutely! We are constantly changing flavors, so make sure you visit often and taste them all!
Do you allow dogs?
While we do love our four-legged friends, dogs are not permitted inside the tasting rooms. They are welcome to be outside on the grounds, including the courtyard and deck areas. We appreciate your mindfulness and tidiness when you do visit with your fur babies.
Do you have an ATM?
Yes, our ATM is in the dining room at Iron Heart Coffee Co. (our cafe).
Do you offer cellar tours?
We do not offer any guided tours at this time. However, strolling through each of our 4 unique tasting rooms is pretty much a tour in itself!
Do you have lake access? A boat dock?
While we do boast a beautiful view of Seneca Lake, we do not have direct lake access.
Do you sell wine barrels?
Unfortunately, we do not.
Can I fish in the pond?
No. Considering the pond hasn’t been stocked in years, you are probably wasting some valuable wine tasting time!
Why is there a shower in the Stony Lonesome bathroom?
The original plans for the winery involved adding some rooms for guests to stay overnight. The rooms didn’t make the cut, but the shower was already built. Now it’s just there to make you ask questions.