Hudson Valley Wineries
Bordeaux? Loire? Who cares?
The Hudson Valley is rich
in wine making history. The oldest winery in America
is located in the Valley, (Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville),
and the oldest vineyard in America is also located
in the Valley, (Benmarl Winery in Marlboro). In fact,
right here in the Hudson Valley you can find some
of the finest wine making country in the nation.
Back in the 17th Century,
Huguenots planted vines in the Valley and discovered
a unique combination of soil, climate and sun that
together makes for ideal grape growing conditions.
They originally planted their vines on the hillsides
of the Hudson Highlands and started a tradition of
grapes and wine that continues to this day.
Every weekend there's a reason to get
away to the Thayer Hotel.
The first commercially
successful grape-growing and winemaking in the United
States began on Croton Point in the Hudson River Region
in 1827. The Underhills, Father and sons, grew 75
acres of grapes. They shipped table grapes to New
York City on sloops and built a still standing brick
winery in which they made wine.
wine making industry in the Valley has survived through
wars, revolutions, blights, bad weather and Prohibition
to become one of the most innovative and diverse areas
of viniferous cultivation in the nation. The broad
expanse of the Hudson River serves a dual purpose.
The flowing water helps keep the climate temperate,
and the valley serves as a conduit for maritime breezes
from the south. The gently sloping hills provide ideal
sites for vineyards, some of which, like those owned
by Benmarl Vineyards, have been planted for centuries.
Each of the wineries in
the Valley is unique, approaches the art of wine making
from a highly personal viewpoint. Most are run by
families as a result of the Farm Winery Act of 1976.
All are eager to share their passion and are delighted
to talk about their love of the land and their expertise
in the arts of wine making. Each is striving to create
wines based on their location and the particular varieties
of grapes that grow best at that location. Varietals
range from Pinot Noire, Chardonnay and Riesling to
Burgundy and many others. Unique to the Valley wineries,
many of them also specialize in various fruit wines
and dessert wines created from the bountiful harvest
of the farmlands surrounding them. Strawberry and
apple wines are among the most common to be found,
but each winery has its own unique combination or
And as proof of the quality
of Hudson Valley wines, many have received Gold Medals
from State and National competitions and several have
been featured on the table at the White House.
The quality ranges from simple table wines to World
Class. All of the Hudson Valley wineries listed here
offer tastings and many offer tours of their facilities.
Accomodations and facilities at the wineries range
from simple structures to luxury dining and shopping
opportunities. But all offer warm hospitality, fabulous
scenery and simply spectacular atmosphere.
One thing that all the
Hudson Valley wineries share in common is being located
in the most beautiful valley in the world, a valley
filled with exciting things to do and see. While visiting
the wineries, take the opportunity to investigate
some of the thousands of antique shops, gourmet restaurants
and First Class accomodations that surround the Valley
wine making countryside. All are waiting to greet
you and make you feel part of the family. To help
you in your investigation of your options for locations
to eat, sleep and
play in the Hudson Valley, check out our Visitor
Information Pages. They contain over 30,000 categorized
listings by geographic region of the valley for just
about everything you could want while visiting.
Two distinct areas have
evolved in the Hudson Valley wine business, both have
been established to promote the wineries located in
their respective areas. The Shawangunk Wine Trail,
(845)255-2494., and the Dutchess Wine Trail, (845)373-9021,
can provide you with information, maps, brochures
and recommendations for making your visit an enjoyable,
pleasant and memorable experience.
New York Wine Course & Reference is a very detailed
collection of information on the New York grape and
wine industry. Topics include an historical timeline
of the development and growth of the industry, grape
varieties grown in New York, brief articles on viticultural
and enological practices in New York, and soil and
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Watch for these signs
traveling throughout the Hudson Valley, make sure
to watch for these signs leading you to the vineyards
and wineries. Also watch for the specialized Shawangunk
& Dutchess Wine Trail signs. They will lead you
to the member vineyards and wineries of these two
winery promotion associations.
Every weekend there's a reason
to get away to the Thayer Hotel.
A Quick Overview
of the Hudson Valley Wineries & Vineyards
Adair Vineyards - Recently designated a historic
landmark. Most wines are made from locally grown
grapes. Tastings 11 a.m-6 p.m. daily - April 1-Dec.
Vineyards - Handcrafted wines to reflecting
the climate and conditions unique to this vineyard
including a Chardonnay and an award winning Pinot
Noir..Tours and tastings
Winery - Oak aged reds, barrel fermented
Seyval/Chardonnay's, Hard Apple Cider and Autumn
Mist, a dessert wine that the New York Times said
"captures the essence of apple." All limited
editions that sell as soon as they are made. Open
April thru June weekends 12-5 pm, July thru October
Fri., Sat. & Sun. 12-5 and Nov. thru Dec. weekends
Vineyards - Founded in 1982 on a vineyard
site dating back to 1786. Wines are made mostly
from home grown grapes making on average 10 varieties
of wine, specializing in Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Claret and Landot Noir. Open daily during the summer,
long weekends during spring and fall and weekends
in the winter.
Vineyards - One of the country's oldest wineries
located on the country's oldest vineyard where the
Dutchess grape was developed here in 1867. Specializing
in limited edition reds and whites aged in french
oak barrels. April-December, open daily, 12-5 p.m.;
January-March, open daily 12-4 p.m. Closed Tuesdays
in winter. Price: $5 per adult, includes parking,
winery tour, wine tasting, art gallery, and use
of picnic area. Music and events most weekends in
the warm weather.
Hill Vineyard - Opened in 1979. Wines made
from hybrids and European varietals and range from
a sparkling Seyval and Vidal to country wine blends.
Thursdays through Mondays during the summer and
weekends all year.
Winery - America's oldest continuously operating
winery. Network of old subterranean caves, where
wines are aged in oak vessels. Cafe, art and antiques
galleries. An array of wines, from basic table wines
like Chablis, Blush Chablis and Burgundy, to fortified
wines, dessert wines and premium varietal wines,
like chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and
Pinot Noir. Open daily all year.
Mountain Winery - Opened in 1972, specializing
in reds. Their Private Reserve Red is made from
Cabernet Sauvignon with Leon Millot and the Dry
Red Wine is a combination of Leon Millot and Baco
Noir. Whites include Seyval Blanc & Private
Reserve White, a blend of Chardonnay and Seyval
Blanc selected as the official reception wine for
the United States Mission to the United Nations.
Vineyards - Specializing in Seyval Blanc,
but also creating a delicious sparkling wine, Seyval
Naturel, and occasionally a German-style Riesling.
Open holidays and weekends.
Hill - Offering 18 exceptionally creative
wines including Victoria Merlot, White Gold in the
very best of Italian winemaking traditions. Friendly
family run winery with light and airy tasting room.
Open November - May from 11:00 - 5:00 and June -
October 11:00 - 6:00. Closed Christmas, Easter &
Thanksgiving. Tours are $3, but there is no charge
if any wine purchase is made.
Paso Winery - Country style Italian ans Spanish
wines from a variety of grapes. Open daily April
Farm Winery - Open daily from April to December.
Reservations needed for the restaurant, an Italina
Cantina complete with dancing and music. Producing
six country wines and four hybrid blends.
Vineyards - Magnificent 70 acre vineyard
with stunning views. The winery is housed in a large
open and airy barn. About 25 varieties of grapes
grown producing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Hunt Country Red.
Salem Vineyard - Producing five limited edition
wines:: a reserve white, a reserve red, a rose,
a sweet red and a Seyval-based sparking wine. Open
Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. year around.
Winery - One of the most visited wineries
in the Hudson Valley, their wines have attracted
the attention of wine critics and aficionados alike.
Glass enclosed tasting room with panoramic views
where wine tasting events are happening mose summer
and fall weekends. Rivendell carries over 50 wines
from 20 other fine New York State wines, all of
which are available for tasting. Open 7 days a week,
Kedem - Visitors enjoy the wines in a tasting
room and shop inside a 130-year-old train station
overlooking the Hudson River. Produceing more than
25 kosher wines, made from local hybrid and native
American grapes in varieties ranging from dry to
Stream Winery - Five varieties: Cabenet Franc,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Traminette and an
Alsatian variety known by the tongue-twisting name
of Gewurtztraminer. Producing limited quantity editions
of estate grown wines. We also make a vinegar that
will knock you socks off and then hang 'em up on
Valley Winery - Known for its Chardonnay
and Cayuga Blanc as well as making award-winning
apple and raspberry ciders. Apple orchard open for
apple picking in the fall. Bakery and ice cream
parlor are also on the premises. Open weekends,
- The vineyards are located on 70 acres with incredible
views of the Shawangunks. Bringing the best European
wine grape varieties back to the Hudson Valley,
such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Riesling,
and quality hybrids like Seyval Blanc and Vignoles,
including small plantings of Pinot Noir and Merlot.
Sample wines in our tasting room and enjoy the spectacular
view of the Shawangunk cliffs from the deck. Tasting
Room Hours: from Memorial Day Weekend thru the end
of October - Thursday, Friday, & Sunday, 12
- 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 - 6 p.m. Open holidays.
Open weekends in November & December.
Vineyards and Winery
- Growing grapes and making wine at a higher elevation.
We are currently open Fri - Sun 12 - 5pm, Mon -
Thurs 12 - 5pm by appointment.
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