CONESUS – A local winemaker had his sacramental wines featured on the world stage at Pope Francis’ Masses on Thursday and Friday in Manhattan.
According to winemag.com, the wine came from O-Neh-Da Vineyard, the oldest dedicated sacramental winery in the United States which was founded by Bernard McQuaid, the first Bishop of Rochester, in 1872.
The winery has been producing wines for Catholic, Orthodox, Episcopal and Lutheran churches for 143 years and strongly adheres to specific religious guidelines for wide production.
According to Canon Law, wine used for communion must be made with grapes and cannot contain any extraneous substances, such as water, corn syrup, cane or beet sugars.
The wine was used for the Mass by Pope Francis on Sept. 25 at Madison Square Garden, which was attended by thousands of people who could only get in with tickets via a lottery system.
O-Neh-Da Vineyard also made a gift of premium Finger Lakes Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc bottles, which will be served to the Pope and other dignitaries at meal times during his official New York visit.