Meet the Winemaking Team

Chuck Gergley, Winemaker

Originally hailing from New York, Chuck Gergley entered the wine-making world in 2007 at Crushpad, an urban winery in San Francisco, CA. During his time there he was fortunate enough to work with grapes from some of the best vineyards in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State. While at Crushpad he began developing the skills necessary to produce fine wine in an urban environment. After returning to the east coast, he joined Brooklyn Winery for the 2011 harvest season and has been part of the team ever since. Chuck oversees production at Brooklyn Winery and continually aims to maintain and produce wines that are distinctive, surprising, fun, and innovative. “Winemaking is constantly throwing new challenges at you and there’s always more and more to learn—that’s what makes it so rewarding.”

Justin Karwowski, Cellar Hand

Justin was born and raised in the scenic Northwest Hills of CT. He grew up close to nature in a small farm house located on the Bantam River in Litchfield. Growing up alongside his Grandfather’s custom cabinetry business, he was taught early on the value of old fashioned, hard work. 

During his college years, he took his first steps into the world of wine production when he took up a part time job at a local winery called Sunset Meadow Vineyards. This eventually led to a full time position as a production room and vineyard assistant. Eventually he took time to return to school and travel. Which brought him to NYC. With the hopes of getting that life education only the city can provide, he journeyed into the concrete jungle with good spirits and a briefcase full of resumes. Upon a suggestion to check out Brooklyn Winery, he wandered in around February 2018 and hasn’t left since. In his spare time, he draws sci fi, plays music, and wanders around the city looking at the architecture.