About the Newman Wine Vaults
According to legend, in 1679 a Newman & Company vessel
loaded with port wine left Portugal for London but was driven off
course and came to pass the winter in St. John's. When the ship
returned to England the following spring her cargo was found to
have improved in flavour. From then until 1996 Newman's celebrated
"Ruby Port" was aged in Newfoundland - much of it in the romantic
stone vaults on Water Street.