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Sheep at Bashakill Vineyards

MapWurtsboro, NY
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When you head to a winery you can expect the usual: picturesque views of sprawling fields, barrel upon barrel of the finest vino, tastings, and... grazing sheep? Well, at least at Bashakill Vineyards. But not to worry, these fluffy creatures will only make your experience at the Catskill Mountain-region vineyard a whole lot cuter. In 2007, the vineyard planted a newly released variety called the Marquette. This grape combines high levels of cold-hardiness and disease-resistance with top-notch wine quality; its parent grape is the Pinot Noir. In 2011, they cleared an acre-and-a-half and prepped the site for these grapes with the help of sheep. The sheep you’ll see at your next visit are an old breed of Babydoll Southdown. These little guys are put on weed-patrol duty and make some awesome fertilizer for the vineyard. Bashakill also has their wool spun and knitted into hats, which you can purchase in its tasting room.

Best of Hudson Valley History

2015 Editors' Pick — Best Cute Winery Attraction

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Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2015
County: Sullivan
Pick: Editors' Picks
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