Raise a Toast to the Hudson Valley


Unknown to most, the Hudson Valley is one of America’s oldest wine making and grape-growing regions.  To give you an idea of how historic wine making is in the Valley, it hosts Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville, NY, which is America’s oldest winery. The Valley offers numerous wine trails and tasting rooms offering wines from regional hybrids, fruit wines and classical European varietals. The Valley also hosts several distilleries, including a vodka distillery and one that produces rum, eau de vie, brandy, absinthe, and infusions.

While there are over 25 wineries in the Hudson Valley Wine Country, we have carefully curated a list of wineries and distilleries that are close in location, open to the public, and convenient from our member Bed and Breakfasts. Tours, tastings and special events at the wineries are popular activities during visits to the region. Please check websites or call ahead to verify open hours if you’re planning a visit, as most wineries change schedules depending on the season. Most wineries do charge for tastings, and many would like advance notice of groups of 8 or more people.

Adair Vineyards
52 Allhusen Road, New Paltz, New York
Hours: May – October Saturday, Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
November – Mid-December Saturday, Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Their winery is located in a 200-plus-year-old National Historic Dutch-style dairy barn that was recently designated a historic landmark. The cellar is on the first floor and the tasting and gift shop on the second. Most Adair wines are made from locally grown grapes, such as Seyval Blanc, Foch, Ravat and Leon Millot. A Chardonnay and Baco Noir are also produced from grapes grown in the Finger Lakes region.

Baldwin Vineyards
176 Hardenburgh Rd, Pine Bush, NY
For tasting rooms hours check: http://baldwinvineyards.com/baldwinevents/2016/05/
Owners Patricia and Jack Baldwin founded their winery in 1982 on a vineyard site dating back to 1786. The Baldwins grow most of their own grapes, purchasing only 15 percent of what’s needed to make the 10 varieties of wine they produce. They specialize in Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, Brut Champagne, Port and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their wines have won multiple awards and they have recently added Apple, Blueberry, Cherry & Black Raspberry wines to their productions.

Benmarl Winery
156 Highland Ave. Marlboro NY
Tasting Room Hours:
April – December 12:00 pm-6:00 pm (Sunday’s-Fridays) and 11:00 am-6:00 pm (Saturday’s)
Closed for Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas and New Years Day
January 8th – March: Closed Monday-Thursday and open 12:00 pm-5:00 pm Friday-Sunday or by appointment
The Miller family bought the property in 1957 and named it Benmarl, planting it with European wine grapes, hybrid and vinifera. Benmarl produces two dry wines, an Estate Red and Estate White, along with several specialty wines and a sparkling Verdelet and Seyval Blanc blend.

Brimstone Hill Vineyards
61 Brimstone Hill Rd, Pine Bush, NY
Hours: 11:30 am – 5:30 pm Saturday & Sunday
Owners Richard and Valerie Eldridge opened Brimstone in 1979. Their wines are made from hybrids and European varietals and range from a sparkling Seyval and Vidal to country wine blends. All but one are dry.  In the summer of 1980, Richard and Valerie Eldridge started by selling two wines — a 1979 Vin Rouge and a 1979 Vin Blanc. Now the Brimstone Hill label is attached to more than 8 wines, which include a sparklingwine made in the traditional “Methode Champenoise”, a Chardonnay, a Cabernet Franc, and a Riesling.

Brookview Station Winery, Located at Goold Orchards
1297 Brookview Station Road, Castleton on Hudson, NY
Tasting Rooms Hours: Seven days a Week   9:00 am-5:00 pm
They craft their award winning wines from fruit grown on their century old family farm as well as other Hudson Valley Farms. Their tasting room and farm store are open year round and also offers fresh pressed cider and baked goods. In addition to the 13 wines it produces, Brookview Station also produces “Joe Daddy’s Hard Cider”. Brookview Station is the Capital Regions first winery.

Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery
100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive, Washingtonville, NY
Hours: Open Sunday to Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Open Saturday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tours 11:30, 1:00 pm, 2:11 pm, 3:30 Monday-Friday
Weekends: as groups gather
Listed on both the New York State and National Register of Historic places. Excavated by hand in the mid 1800’s their cellars currently hold over 100 oak barrels used for aging their award-winning varietals. Brotherhood produces 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.

Cascade Mountain Winery (and restaurant)
Flint Hill Road, Amenia, NY
They do have a tasting bar and they are open at the restaurant for lunch, please call for hours.
Established in 1972 by New York City novelist William Wetmore, Cascade Mountain maintains an emphasis on reds, but produces a significant amount of whites with grapes purchased from other local vineyards. A 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. Cascade’s whites include a Seyval Blanc and a 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.

Clinton Vineyards
450 Schultzville Road Clinton Corners, NY
Hours: Spring 2016: Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm
Established in 1977, proprietor Ben Feder was inspired by the tradition of small European Estates when he focused on cultivating Seyval Blanc and producing white wine, champagnes, made in the classic methode champenoise and late harvest dessert wine on his 15 acre vineyard. While Seyval Blanc is the mainstay of Clinton Vineyards, they also produce a sparkling wine, Seyval Naturel, and occasionally, when the growing season permits, a German-style Riesling. In recent years the portfolio has been expanded to include pure fruit dessert wines, made from locally grown fruit.

El Paso Winery
742 Broadway, Route 9W, Ulster Park, NY
Hours: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday
Felipe Beltra, a Spanish winemaker from Uruguay, SA established the winery in 1977. Today, Maryl Vogel and her husband own and run it, they still blend his sweet wine recipes and have expanded their selection of fine New York wines to include wonderful dry reds — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir. They also include several Rieslings and a Chardonnay.

Glorie Farm Winery
40 Mountain Road Marlboro, NY
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30 am-5:30 pm, April – August; November & December
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 11:30 am-6:00 pm, September & October
This small family winery grew out of love for tasting and talking about wine. Their current annual production is only 600 cases, and the winery cooperatively co-exists with their fruit farm on 54 acres of vineyardsand orchards. A spectrum of wines is carefully crafted in limited quantities; nearly all are produced from estate-grown grapes, and fruit and are sure to satisfy a range of palate preferences from dry to sweet.

Harvest Spirits, Inc.
Golden Harvest Farms, 3074 US Route 9 Valatie, NY
Open daily Year Round for Tastings and Sales 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Harvest Spirits is located at Golden Harvest farm, in Valatie, NY. Located on a family apple farm in the Hudson Valley, they benefit by having all of their ingredients grown steps from our doorstep, creating a true estate bottled vodka. Their small distillery is a very modern work of art. Though it can only distill 100 gallons at a time, it is flexible and precise enough to create some of the country’s very best vodka.

Hillrock Estate Distillery
408 Pooles Hill Road, Ancram, New York
Call 518-329-1023 or email info@hillrockdistillery.com to schedule a tour & tasting.
Hillrock Estate Distillery is committed to creating remarkable artisanal spirits by means of a “field-to-glass” method. By taking control of every aspect of production from planting and harvesting heirloom grains, to traditionally floor malting our own grain, to crafting whiskies in our 250 gallon copper pot still, to aging in new oak barrels and hand bottling, they are able to create premium whiskies unique to the Hillrock Estate.

Hudson-Chatham Winery
1900 State Route 66, Ghent, NY
Tasting Room: Wednesday-Sunday, 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
The Hudson-Chatham Winery is Columbia County’s first winery. Since opening in 2007, its wines have won many awards, including gold medals from the NY State Fair, Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association, NY Food & Wine Classic, and the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. It has also received rave reviews from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Edible Manhattan, Hudson Valley Wine magazine, Hudson Valley Magazine, Hudson Valley Table, Rural Intelligence, and All Over Albany.

Magnanini Farm Winery
172 Strawridge Rd, Wallkill, NY
Wine tasting are from 6:00-7:00 PM on Saturday and from 12:00-1:00 PM on Sunday
Begun in 1970 by Richard and Galba Magnanini, a father-son team, the Magnaninis sold their grapes to Brotherhood Winery until 1983, when they decided to open their own winery and restaurant. They produce six country wines including a Seyval Blanc and DeChaunac, and four hybrid blends that range from dry to sweet.

Millbrook Vineyard & Winery
26 Wing Rd, Millbrook, NY
Open Daily Year Round 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Extended Hours Memorial Day-October Saturday: 12:00 pm– 7:00 pm and Sunday through Friday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Owner John Dyson, former New York State Commissioner of Agriculture, grows about 25 varieties of European grapes, more than any other winery in the state – nearly half are Chardonnay, about one third are Pinot Noir. Millbrook produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Hunt Country Red, a blend of several red grape varieties.

Palaia Vineyards
10 Sweet Clover Rd, Highland Mills, NY
Hours: Friday 12:00 pm-11:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am-11:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Wine Tastings are available Friday-Sunday until 6:00 pm
Award winning wines with a tasting room and gift shop in a 200 year old barn on property that was once owned by Aaron Burr. They offer live music four times a week. The vineyard has 10 acres of grapes including Cabernet Franc, Traminette, Lemberger and Pinot Noir.

Robibero Family Vineyards
714 Albany Post Road, New Paltz, NY
Hours: Thursday through Sunday & Memorial Day Monday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wine Tasting ends 30 mins before closing at 5:30 pm
Established in 2010, Robibero is one of the Hudson Valley’s newest wineries. As a small boutique winery, their main goal is to produce premium artisan wines that are unique to their terrior. All of their wines are hand crafted in small lots to express unique and charming vintages. Because of this, their wines are very limited in production and are sold almost solely in their tasting room and online.

Royal Kedem Winery
1519 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY
Tasting Room Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Kedem Winery’s history started with producing sacramental wines from Concord grapes which grew in abundance in the area. Now, in addition to the sacramental wines that gave Kedem Winery it’s start, they produce some of the finest New York State wines ranging from well-known traditional viniferous varieties like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir along with New York favorites like Chambourcin, Vidal, and Traminette.

Stoutridge Vineyards
10 Ann Kaley Ln, Marlboro, NY
Hours: Friday – Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM year around
The wines at Stoutridge are made in an unprocessed manner with no sulfites, sugars or any added preservatives. They also utilize gravity winemaking which means no pumps or filters either. The winery uses over 200 solar panels to provide all of it’s electrical needs.

Tousey Winery
1774 U.S. 9 #1, Germantown, NY
Tasting Room Hours: Friday: Noon to 7 pm, Saturday: Noon to 5 pm, Sunday: Noon to 5 pm
Being in the Tousey family for generations it has evolved several times over the years from growing apples to small fruits and beekeeping. They have many wines to offer, from their delectable Pinot Noir to their wonderful Riesling. And don’t forget the Cassis made from honey from their own bees.

Tuthilltown Spirits
14 Grist Mill Ln, Gardiner, NY
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tours are held Saturdays & Sundays at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Tuthilltown Spirits distills vodkas from apples grown at orchards less than 5 miles away, and whiskeys using grain harvested by farmers less than 10 miles away. The farm distillery also produces rum, eau de vie, brandy, absinthe, and infusions. Tuthilltown Spirits brings the tradition of small batch distillation back to the Hudson Valley, distilling whiskeys which were the first legally distilled and aged grain spirits produced in New York since Prohibition.

Victory View Vineyard
11975 NY-40, Schaghticoke, NY
Open – Saturday and Sunday – Noon to 6:00 pm
Victory View Vineyard is a small, family-owned, farm winery specializing in growing northern grapes and making and bottling fine wines on their farm. The rich soils of their vineyard, a southern exposure and temperate climate allow them to use sustainable methods to produce exceptional grapes from cultivars including Marquette, Marechal Foch, La Crescent, and LaCrosse.

Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery
331 Mckinstry Rd, Gardiner, NY
Hours:  January, Saturday: 11:30 am to 5:00 pm
February through May, November & December: Thursday – Monday: 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
Open daily, June through October: Sunday – Friday: 11:30 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday: 11 am to 6:00 pm
Whitecliff is a family-run vineyard and winery focused on artisanal, on-premise production of high quality wines. It is one of nine wineries of the famed Shawangunk Wine Trail. Whitecliff is working with European vinifera varietals such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Riesling, and quality hybrids like Seyval Blanc and Vignoles, including small plantings of Pinot Noir and Merlot. They are pioneering use of Gamay Noir grape in the Hudson Valley for a true Beaujolais-style Nouveau.

Wine tastingSome additional resources: ***
Shawangunk Wine Trail  http://www.shawangunkwinetrail.com/
Dutchess Wine Trail  http://www.dutchesswinetrail.com/
Hudson Berkshire Experience  http://www.hudsonberkshirewinefestival.com
Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association  http://hvwga.com/
Hudson Valley Wine Goddess  http://hvwinegoddess.blogspot.com/
Hudson River Valley Wineries  http://hudsonriverwine.blogspot.com/
Hudson Valley Wine Magazine  http://www.hvwinemag.com/
Hudson Valley Cassis https://hudsonvalleycassis.com/
*** Be aware that some of the other Hudson valley wine tour sites list wineries that are presently closed or are not open to the public and do not have tasting rooms. We encourage you to check out websites and call ahead.

****The Hudson Valley Lodging Association does not promote or condone drinking and driving. Please visit the wineries responsibly and have a designated driver.

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