Friday, April 20, 2007

Brookside Winery/Vineyard Company

Here we have a mid-sixties postcard shot of the Brookside Winery located at 711 Brookhurst Street in Anaheim, CA. The back of the card states:

“Featuring over 100 different wines, champagnes, and brandies. Brookside Winery’s lovely Anaheim Cellar No. 5 and it’s tasting room, located midway between Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, is…one of California’s oldest wineries – established in 1832.”

The card was dated March 31, 1972. The caption reads:

“Vi and I stopped here today. We had a taste of wine and I bought some to bring back. Archie stayed home.”

Must have been a fun place to taste a bit o’ vino during a break from the parks. I'll bet Archie was envious when he found out how much fun Vi and whoever had!



Now it's June, 2005. The winery is long gone and the building is available to lease. Last use: nightclub. The parking lot was littered with trash and the vines and other such landscaping had pretty much taken over. Over the past 40 years the surrounding area has crept in on the old gal; the motel to the right consumed what had been a formal auto entrance and parking area. Hopefully someone will take charge of this turretted, towered, and vaulted-ceiling endowed piece of Anaheim history and return it to it's former function...but I doubt it will happen...


On a side note, Brookhurst Bowl is located just a short distance North on Brookside. I highly recommend a visit to these vintage lanes. The coffee shop has great food and the Kopa Room is still going strong. I'll have some pictures of the unique late 50's sign complete with giant rotating bowling pin in a future post.

Happy travels---

7 comments:

Bonnie said...

Too bad they closed.. I have very fond memories from 1972 and the tasting room. They had the best naturally sweet red wine anywhere. RIP my friend - Cheers

walterworld said...

Bonnie,

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your memories :)

Sounds like the old winery old was a real fun place to visit back in the day. Did you live near by?

Thanks again!

Tim said...

Brookside is coming back.

www.BrooksideGenerations.com

Looking to release our wines this fall, 2010.

walterworld said...

That's great news Tim, best of luck on your re-launched enterprise!

I'll be sure to try a bottle or two when they are released.

Thanks for stopping by.

walterworld said...

That's great news Tim, best of luck on your re-launched enterprise!

I'll be sure to try a bottle or two when they are released.

Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

I remember the Brrokside Winery tasting room on Brookhurst and Ball/Orange growing up....no, I could not partake at that time, but my parents loved it and it was setting the trends at that time.

BTW....I just opened a 1970's Brookside Winery Burgundy....wow. It is has done very well over the last thiry years. Good luck going forward in the future.

michael lary said...

If this is the same Brookside Winery, I believe I visited one near Elgin, Il. in the mid '70's. I remember the Black Velvet quite fondly. Will this be available again?