Plymouth’s 1620 Winery Owner/Vintner, Robert Mullaney has earned 4 medals in the Finger Lakes International Wine & Spirits Competition. The FLIWC is one of the largest wine and spirits competitions in the United States where thousands of internationally crafted wines and spirits are evaluated and awarded by a panel of Masters of Wine, Master Distillers, Master Sommeliers, educators, journalists, wine makers, and other internationally certified judges from around the world, during two days of blind tasting.
Mullaney took 3 bronze medals in the Pinot Grigio Class, Vinifera White Blend Class, and Cabernet Sauvignon Class for his ‘Meetinghouse White’, ‘First Hiss’ and ‘Devil’s Share’, respectively. He earned a silver medal for “Bradford’s Ghost”, a red blend that is part of the 1620 Winery’s exclusive ‘1620 Wine Cult’ collection.
“Starting out, I never dreamed a small town winery like ours would ever be considered in competition against so many world class wines, much less to actually walk away with multiple medals, including a silver. It is truly an honor.” Mullaney said.
Mullaney, the grandson of a Sicilian winemaker, has been making wine for more than 30 years. His first winery was a modest one occupying a portion of the basement of his home. He later expanded into a three car garage. In 2015 he and his wife, Raquel opened the 1620 Winery at Cordage Park in Plymouth. Their 13,000 square foot, fully restored rustic mill building houses the winemaking operation and serves as an award winning wedding and events venue. The couple also owns the 1620 Wine Bar on Plymouth’s waterfront.
Mullaney hand crafts all 15 of his 1620 wines on premises in Plymouth with the help of assistant wine maker, Donnie Beland. Each vintage is hand bottled and labeled by the pair with assistance from Mullaney’s wife and volunteer help from the couple’s adult children. The wines are available to wedding couples and event guests at the 1620 Winery, to the general public at the 1620 Wine Bar on the Waterfont and for purchase online at shop.1620winery.com. Mullaney also hosts a monthly winery tour and tasting called “The Vintner’s Experience” where guests get a behind the scenes look at the winemaking process, sample wines from the cask and enjoy a full wine tasting session with charcuterie.