Meet Raquel Mullaney, owner of 1620 Wine Bar in Plymouth
What is the story behind 1620 Winery and what inspired you and your husband to purchase the business?
When my husband Robert and I decided to sell our home care business that we were partners in for over 15 years, we didn’t know what our next adventure would be. Eight months later we saw an advertisement that the Plymouth Winery was for sale. My husband comes from a long line of Sicilian wine makers, so the leap wasn’t as farfetched as it seems, but wow, what a career change.
What types of wine do you make/sell?
The old Plymouth Winery was known for making fruit wine and we still execute all of the original recipes from 30 years ago. However, being a Sicilian winemaker, my husband is passionate about red wine. In addition, he has added white, rosé and port. All 1620 wines are made by my husband, Robert Mullaney. He makes over 22 different types of wine.
Can you tell us more about the event side of the business?
I am the sole proprietor of the 1620 Wine Bar and Robert is the owner of The Winery. The 1620 Wine Bar will be opening its second location, next to the 1620 Winery at Cordage Park. This 20,000-square-foot venue will be strictly used as a large function facility for weddings, corporate and private events. Once the site of a rope factory, the building overlooks Plymouth Harbor has been transformed into a rustic winery. It is the perfect place for anyone looking to make a splash for their next event.
What inspired your expansion to Cordage Park?
The 1620 Wine Bar occupies the original location of the Plymouth Winery in the Village Landing Marketplace on the waterfront. Robert needed room for the huge stainless-steel tanks, bottling line and barrel room, which is why we relocated the production of 1620 Wines to Cordage Park. With over 9,000 square feet of working space and 30-foot-high ceilings, it was the perfect historic venue to build our dream.
1620 Winery & Wine Bar
170 Water St., Plymouth • 508-746-3532