New microwinery in Cooper Center opening Friday

Bottles of wine next to each other
A sampling of some of the wines available at Woodlawn Press Winery. (Woodlawn Press Winery image)

Woodlawn Press Winery, a new microwinery located in the Cooper Center, is holding its grand opening Friday.

The microwinery — originally called Dominion Press Winery before the owners went with a more local name — is believed to be the first of its kind in the county. Much like microbreweries, microwineries like Woodlawn Press make their wine in-house and sell it locally. And because they are not a “farm winery” as defined by the state, they are able to source their grapes completely from the West Coast (primarily California) and stock a wider variety of wines, including various fruit wines.

Friday’s grand opening is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and customers can try up to five different wines that they’re interested in for free, said owner Andrew Rosado.

Woodlawn Press has about 1,600 bottles ready for opening, said Rosado, who owns the microwinery along with wife Bonnie Evangelista. They will stock a variety of reds, including Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. Whites will include Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Wine accessories and paraphernalia will also be for sale in the store.

Hours for the rest of the weekend will be announced on social media, and Rosado said he expects the microwinery will be open from Thursday through Sunday moving forward.

You can follow Woodlawn Press Winery on Facebook here, and on Instagram here.