Brookstone Events and Golf to become LaBelle winery

DERRY NEWS/File photoBrookstone Events and Golf facility in Derry was purchased by LaBelle Winery co-owners Amy LaBelle and husband Cesar Arboleda. The facility will be renamed LaBelle Winery Derry. 

DERRY — LaBelle winery is coming to Derry.

Winemaker Amy LaBelle and husband Cesar Arboleda, co-owners of LaBelle Winery in Amherst and Portsmouth announce the purchase of Brookstone Events and Golf on Route 111 in Derry.

The Brookstone property, to be renamed LaBelle Winery Derry, will undergo significant changes beginning this month, creating a champagne house, market place, wedding and event center and restaurant.

"We have big plans for LaBelle Winery Derry," LaBelle said in a statement. "This stunning property, which Cesar and I fell in love with, will be a place that offers the community exceptional experiences that people of all ages can enjoy. we look forward to expanding our business to beautiful, historic Derry."

LaBelle continued, saying LaBelle Winery Amherst, the flagship property, has grown exponentially since opening in 2012. The new Derry location will complement the Amherst operation well.

"It hasn't been easy to find the perfect property and location to grow," LaBelle said, "But we've found it here."

LaBelle's plans for Brookstone include renovating the property to give it more of an artisan village feel, with improvements to include updating the event center's facade and interior with steel and wood tones, giving the building a modern, yet classic look.

The "village" will be home to several indoor and outdoor gathering areas, including a nine-hole, par three golf course, open to the public as well as offering memberships, along with a miniature golf course.

A three-acre vineyard with adjoining performance space and areas for weddings and other events also makes up the plan.

Grape varieties to be grown on the property include Itasca, Petit Pearl and Cayuga, all hardy varieties suited to New England temperatures and climate.

The vines will produce fruit for wine making approximately two years from time of planting, planned for May or June of 2021.

The planned champagne room will offer tasting areas, and event spaces will be able to accommodate hundreds of guests. An education center will offer cooking and beverage-making classes and other lifestyle events and classes.

"Our goal is to create one of the best wedding and event venues in the area," LaBelle said.

Add in a restaurant plan that will be able to serve up to 50 people, with menu to include healthy, farm-to-table American cuisine and wood-fired pizza.

LaBelle Winery Derry will also be home to a marketplace offering onsite shopping for take home gourmet foods, wines, catering platters and gifts.

Derry's Economic Development Director Beverly Donovan said having LaBelle call Derry home is a big boost for the area.

"I'm looking forward to working closely with Amy and Cesar in the coming months as they plan and undertake renovations to meet the standard of the LaBelle brand, and add new energy to Dery and the region as a premiere destination for fine dining, entertainment and events," Donovan said.

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