Ten Broeck Mansion Wine Club

Did you know that the Ten Broeck Mansion is home to America's oldest privately owned continuously operating wine cellar? 

Since the 1840s, occupants of the Federal style mansion have housed collections of rare, fine wines in the cool, dry room in the home's cellar. Thomas Worth Olcott purchased the home in 1848 and installed the cellar to house the family's collection. During the frequent social gatherings and parties hosted by the Olcotts, guests such as 8th president Martin Van Buren would imbibe selections from the impressive stores. When Prohibition hit in 1920, the bottles would have been protected from the law and grandfathered in, but fear of losing the prized collection led Dudley Olcott to seal off the room, still stocked with Bordeaux and other European wines dating back to the 1860s. Albany County Historical Association took possession of the house in 1948. The wine cellar remained hidden for over 50 years, still doing its job by protecting the Olcott collection. Faced with financial troubles in the 1970s, the ACHA was considering selling the home when a worker discovered a false wall in the cellar and revealed the incredibly valuable and secret Olcott collection. The sale of the still-drinkable bottles helped to relieve the financial pressures by raising $100,000. In 2007, the ACHA held a "restocking party" and accepted donations of bottles for the cellar.

Raise a glass to history and join the Ten Broeck Mansion Wine Club. Gather with like-minded history-lovers and wine enthusiasts for a one-of-a-kind experience. The club meets in the cellar of the 1798 mansion four times a year to sample seasonal wines selected by guest sommeliers. The wines will be paired with small nibbles. Members will have an opportunity to purchase bottles of the sampled wines through Capital Wine on Lark Street.

Pick and choose which meetings you'd like to attend or sign up for all four meetings at once! Want even more of a discount? Become an ACHA Member first by clicking here, then sign up for the Wine Club under the special membership rate. (Plus you get a bunch of other great membership perks, too!) 

Your donation goes directly to supporting mission of the ACHA and Ten Broeck Mansion.

Wine Club Meeting Dates 2018:

Thursday, March 29th, 7pm

When spring arrives and the days get longer, we start to daydream about gamboling through the fields of blossoming trees, letting the spring sunshine rejuvenate our pale winter skin. Celebrate the arrival of spring, and the opening of Ten Broeck’s wine club with an assortment of sprightly, juicy, and peppery, refreshing springtime wines!

Thursday, June 28th, 

From picnics in the park, camp fires in the Adirondacks, and summer BBQ’s, we will go from light and frivolous summer whites to the best of the barbecue wines, with bold exuberant flavors and lots of personality.

Thursday, September 27th, 

Enjoy the seasonal pleasure of switching to the deeper fireside flavors of riper reds, mature, spicy, refined wines, suited to accompanying the pleasures of the autumn harvest.

Thursday, December 27th, 

As the holiday glow wears off and the winter chill creeps in, we find ourselves in need of comforting libations to warm ourselves from inside out. Ward off the wintry darkness with big flavors, wintry spices, and luxurious textures.