Newman Wine Vaults

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Newman Wine Vaults is full of stories involving pirates, wine and more. The two huge vaulted cellars made of brick and stone is probably the only one of its kind left in the state. Though the exact date of construction is unknown, the origin was when a Newman and Company's ship carrying Portuguese port wine to London was steered off-course by pirates in the 17th Century. To escape the buccaneers, it traveled into the Atlantic and landed in St. John's. It was decked for the whole of winter and the wines were stored in a nearby hill's caves. When it reached its destination in the following spring, the aged port wine had acquired a much better taste. Since then till 1966, Newman and Company aged their wine in these cellars. Though it had various tenants in the course of many decades, it is more recognized for its port wine. Today you can trace the history of the region's liquor trade through the displays.

Location:  436 Water Street

Business hours:  May-Jun - We-Su 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Jul-Aug - Mo-We 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Jul-Aug - Th 9:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Jul-Aug - Fr-Su 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sep-Oct - We-Su 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.