Valley Vineyards Come Of Age

As the economy struggles and wacky weather compromises this year’s harvest, Valley vintners are doing surprisingly well thanks to a little local love and another killer vintage


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Bernmarl Winery altar roomBernmarl Winery’s altar room

Photograph courtesy of Bernmarl Winery

Vineyards & Wineries

A young boutique-style winery established in 2004, producing just 500 cases a year. Featuring estate-grown Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, and DeChaunac. Open May-Dec., Sat.-Sun.
Sip this: Black Currant Wine, the newest addition to Glorie’s fruit wine family, and the 2009 Hudson Valley Wine Competition Gold Medal Winner.
Marlboro. 845-236-3265

Located on the grounds of Orange County’s oldest working farm, Applewood produces only small-batch, limited-edition wines, available exclusively on-premises. Shops, tours, tastings, weddings. Open Sat.-Sun., April-Sept.
Sip this: Stone Fence Hard Cider, which tied for the Hudson Valley Wine Competition’s 2009 Best in Category.
Warwick. 845-988-9292

This pastoral, 35-acre vineyard produces 15 different wines, including award-winning Chardonnay and Riesling. Home to the Strawberry, Wine, and Chocolate Festival three weekends a year. Open Apr.-June, Fri.-Mon.
Sip this: Baldwin’s internationally acclaimed Strawberry Wine.
Pine Bush. 845-744-2226

Established in 1839, Brotherhood sits on the National Register of Historic Places as America’s oldest continually-operating winery, and boasts the largest underground cellars in the U.S. Tours, tastings. Open daily Apr.-Dec. Weekend events and wine classes, Jan.-March.
Sip this: Their gold medal-winning 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Washingtonville. 845-496-3661

This “green” winery runs on 100 percent solar power and adheres to a ”slow wine” philosophy, foregoing pumps, filters, and fining agents for minimal intervention and gravity-flow production. Specializing in Germanic whites and Northern Italian-style reds. Outdoor patio, distillery. Open year-round, Fri.-Sun. Sip this: The 2007 Hudson Heritage White, a predominately Seyval Blanc blend.
Marlboro. 845-236-7620

Warwick Valley Winery and DistilleryPhotograph courtesy of Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery

The vineyard has grown over 100 European vines since the 18th century. Produces estate-grown Baco Noir. Tours, tastings, shop, hiking trails, picnicking, private parties. Open daily May-Dec.
Sip this: Their 2008 Riesling won HVWC’s ’09 Best in Category and Best White Wine.
Marlboro. 845-236-4265

This 70-acre spread with over 20 acres of vines overlooks the majestic Shawangunk Ridge. Annual production includes a dozen wines from Malbec to Chardonnay. Tasting room overlooks wine-making equipment. Several food pairing events throughout the season. Open Feb.-Dec., Thurs.-Sun.
Sip this: Awosting White, Whitecliff’s top-selling, award-winning signature wine.
Gardiner. 845-255-4613

The Valley’s first fruit distillery since Prohibition, and manufacturer of the popular Doc’s Hard Draft Ciders. Wine tastings, apple and pear picking, bakery/café, country store, weddings, live music every weekend. Open daily year-round. Bakery/café open weekends.
Sip this: American Fruit Strawberry, HVWC’s 2009 Gold Medal Best Dessert wine.
Warwick. 845-258-4858

This trail, on the eastern side of the Hudson, follows three all-star wineries. Try Alison Vineyards’ award-winning Pinot Noir; Clinton Vineyards’ Seyval Blanc and fruit dessert wines; or the classic French varietals of Millbrook Vineyards, consistently rated among the state’s best.

This 10-year-old operation, housed in a 19th-century dairy barn, specializes in dry table wines and sweet fruit dessert wines. Tasting room closed for the 2009 season, though wines still available through retailers and on-line.
Sip this: The three-time award-winning Fraise, a well-balanced strawberry dessert wine for the fruit wine nonbeliever.
Red Hook. 845-758-6335

Adair VineyardsPhotograph courtesy of Adair Vineyards

Open since 1997, Adair boasts 10 acres of vines growing four different grape varietals — Seyval Blanc, Vignoles, Foch, and Millot — producing over 20,000 bottles annually. Open daily June-Oct., the vineyard offers tours, tastings, a shop, and a picnic area.
Sip this: 2008 Peche, Hudson Valley Wine Competition’s 2009 Best in Category and Best in Show.
New Paltz. 845-255-1377

Regarded as “the jewel of Hudson Valley agriculture,” Clinton is run by America’s most senior wine-maker. Specializing in award-winning fruit wines and French-style whites and sparkling wines made in the authentic méthode champenoise. Tours, tastings, gift shop, weddings. Open year-round, Thurs.-Mon. Sip this: Their Cassis dessert wine won a Gold Medal and Best in Class at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition.
Clinton Corners. 845-266-5372

The Valley’s flagship winery is considered one of the best in New York State. A number of varietals are grown over 30 acres, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Tocai Friulano. Special events include art exhibits and Harvest Party (Oct.). Tours, tastings, weddings. Open daily year-round.
Sip this: The 2007 Block 5 East Pinot Noir took the Cornell Cup at this year’s Hudson Valley Wine competition, making it the Best Hudson Valley Wine.
Millbrook. 845-677-8383

Home of the Capital Region’s original apple festival, Goold’s Brookview Station Winery produces six fruit wines including the award-winning semidry Whistle-Stop White apple wine and Oh What a Pear. Tastings. Open Jan.-Aug., Mon-Sat.
Sip this: Pomona, a semisweet apple pear wine named the 2008 Best Hudson River Region Fruit Wine.
Castleton. 518-732-7317

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