Year after year, this charming little micro-batch distillery performs the most fabulous feats with local fruit. Their renowned Pear Brandy once again won Double Gold at a big international wine competition this year, while their liqueurs made from black currants, apples, grapes, and sour cherries also continue to be fruity favorites. And their line of Doc’s hard draft ciders? Let’s just say their national reputation is well deserved. But don’t take our word for it. The attractive post-and-beam tasting room is open daily year-round from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and you can catch free musical performances most weekend afternoons (or sometimes a bigger concert in the evenings). The café serves a variety of salads, sandwiches, and pizzas for lunch, so all in all, this is definitely a day trip that bears fruit — or at least a lot of fun.
Best of Hudson Valley Winners:
You may well know about Warwick Valley Winery's Doc's Draft Hard Apple Cider. That's because this crisp, semi-dry sensation, which we greedily grab up each fall, has been written about in top publications near and far -- including ours. But we're focusing on another fruit just now. The winery's oak-finished Bartlett Pear Liqueur, which made its debut last year, is a blend of their own excellent pear brandy and Hudson Valley-grown bartlett pears, and is -- in a word -- sublime. New York State's first fruit distillery, Warwick Valley also creates delicious eau de vies and fruit cordials.