May 07, 2020 - Sale 2534

Sale 2534 - Lot 192

Price Realized: $ 469
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(BUSINESS.) Original bottle and advertisement from the Fedderman Wine Co., "the first black winery in the United States." Bottle, 11 3/4 inches in height and 3 inches round, with original metal screw top and slightly worn illustrated paper label. Advertising placard, 10 x 8 inches on white coated cardboard stock, printed in red, green and black; minor wear and dampstaining. Prattsburgh, NY, circa 1973

Additional Details

The bottle's label reads "Irene Red New York State Red Wine. . . . The gentleman whose picture appears on our bottle is Mr. Raymond Fedderman, originator of the first black commercial winery in the United States. Our red wine can best be described as a sweet wine. Cold or room temperature, a refreshing experience." Fedderman opened his winery in Prattsburgh in 1972 after a successful career as an entrepreneur, having owned a farm, grocery store, car wash, and laundromat. The winery ran into almost immediate financial difficulty, though, and appears to have been short-lived. Fedderman was preceded in his business by John June Lewis, who opened a winery in Clarksville, VA in 1940.