Wine Tasting, Events, Scenery, Music: Hudson Valley

Wine Tasting Hudson Valley Nestled between the magnificent Shawangunk Mountains and the majestic Hudson River in Ulster and Orange Counties, lies the eighty-mile-long Shawangunk Wine Trail, a group of fourteen diverse wineries, all striving to individually produce world class wines and collectively introduce them to locals and visitors alike in the Hudson River Region.

The wineries along the Trail are as diverse as the wines themselves: Brand new facilities and refurbished barns upwards of 100 years old; production of over 100,000 cases of wine and production of less than 2,000 cases; peace and quiet at some; live music and special events at others; and some spectacular vistas that make you say, “Wow!” What visitors will find in common at all of the wineries is a friendly welcome and a sincere desire to provide an enjoyable tasting experience of discovering our delicious Hudson River Region wines. Vinifera, blends, sparkling, French-American and fruit wines, ranging from bone dry to dessert sweet; they’re all here. Hard ciders, distilled spirits, and even mead can be found on the Trail, too. Tasting on the Shawangunk Wine Trail is a palate-pleasing experience for everyone.

An amazing abundance of options for entertaining activities before and after wine tasting await you as well: Spectacular scenery everywhere, all types of outdoor adventures, rich history and culture in historic attractions and museums, unlimited gourmet cuisine with ingredients sourced from local farms, enticing shops of all kinds, and fairs, music and food festivals, and farmers’ markets galore. As you follow the Trail, you’ll find the Hudson Valley has it all!

Starting 60 miles north of New York City, the Shawangunk Wine Trail is accessible from the New York State Thruway at Exits 16, 17, and 18, and can be approached from south of I-84 at Warwick and Washingtonville and from north of I84 at Marlboro, Pine Bush, or New Paltz. Explore our website and plan your visit today!

The Shawangunk Wine Trail Members

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Adair Vineyards

845.255.1377

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52 Allhusen Road
New Paltz, NY 12561

HOURS:
Mid–April–Oct: Sat–Sun, 11am–6pm
Nov–Mid-Dec: Sat–Sun, 11am–5pm
For SWT events, we do not accept groups larger than ten.

Read More About Adair Vineyards

Adair Vineyards is a small family-owned winery and vineyard located in the scenic and historic Hudson Valley. Jim Adair established the winery and vineyard in 1985 when he planted his first vine and opened the tasting room in 1989. When we acquired the winery in early 1997, it was the realization of a life-long ambition inspired by family heritage and brought to fruition by formal enology and viticulture studies in California and further training in a Pennsylvania vineyard. We often compare a visit to Adair Vineyards to a step into one of the 19th century Hudson River School artistes paintings. Asher Durand’s painting in 1840 The Solitary Oak appears on our wine label. And, we have a solitary oak standing at the head of our vineyard. In his painting are cows, horses, mountains, and a stream. Our winery is housed in a barn, over 200 years old, once occupied by cows and horses, and has a stream running by with the Shawangunk Mountains in the background. The tasting room and gift shop are located in the loft of the barn and the wine making area is below. Our vineyard is located behind the winery. We believe in the simple and natural approach to our winemaking. We allow our grapes to fully mature so that we are able to produce wines characteristic of the grape varieties. In order to maintain the highest quality, our wines are created firstly with estate-grown grapes and then supplemented with additional varieties grown at a local farm which we have a close working relationship. We currently produce more than 30,000 bottles and look forward to increasing our production. In the wine cellar you will see where we make the wine, care for it to perfection and bottle it for our customer. Our wines range from dry to slightly sweet. We have won numerous awards for our wines.
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Applewood Winery

845.988.9292

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82 Four Corners Road
Warwick, NY 10990

HOURS:
March–Dec: Fri–Sun, 11am–5pm
July & Aug: Fri & Sun, 11am–5pm & Sat, 11am–6pm
Sept & Oct: Open 7 days/week, 11am–5pm

Read More About Applewood Winery

We’re only 1 hour from the George Washington Bridge, 45 minutes from Bergen County, 15 minutes from Woodbury Commons.

Enjoy wine tasting at a real farm winery in New York’s Hudson Valley. Discover New York wines at Applewood. Our wines are made from our own vineyards, orchards and from across the state. We make Chardonnay’s, Cabernet Franc, barrel fermented reds, in addition to that we have delicious fruit wines including Hard Apple Cider. Every wine is produced in a “limited edition” with almost every bottle spoken for as soon as its made. So you’ll only find our wine at the tasting room and here in our online store.

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Baldwin Vineyards

845.744.2226

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176 Hardenburgh Road
Pine Bush, NY 12566

GPS: 41.623030 -74.294257

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HOURS:
May–Dec: Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun,12pm–5pm
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas.
Baldwin Vineyards guarantees these OPEN hours through 2014.

Read More About Baldwin Vineyards

“An Outstanding Achievement…” ~ The Wine Spectator.

Help us celebrate our 27th anniversary this year. Taste our fifteen different wines including Gold Medal Awarded: Chardonnay, Riesling, Claret and Strawberry wine, plus Merlot, Brut Sparkling wine, Ice wine, Port and Raspberry wine. The Strawberry wine is made from only the freshest strawberries (no other fruit or liquid is added to dilute the intense flavor). Because of its intensity, it synergizes with your favorite dessert, especially cheesecake, ice cream or chocolate desserts. It also tastes great all alone! Baldwin Vineyards Strawberry Wine is available directly from the winery, via UPS and in fine wine shops throughout the area. “…it tastes like the concentrated essence of strawberry…” Wine Tidings ”The nose leaps and dances…Great Value. Extraordinary (rated 89 of 100)” Wine Access “…the most outstanding of the lot…grab it.” The Spectator. Try it at the winery or purchase a bottle at your favorite premium wine shop. Also available anywhere in New York State via UPS.

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Benmarl Winery

845.236.4265

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156 Highland Avenue
Marlboro, NY

HOURS:
Jan–March: Fri–Sun, 12pm–5pm
April–Dec: Open Daily 12pm–6pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Click to Read About Benmarl Winery

Nestled in the lush green hills of Marlboro you will find Benmarl Winery. Overlooking the historic Hudson river valley, it’s 37 acre estate lays claim to the oldest vineyard in America. The winery also holds New York Farm Winery no.1. Although our history runs deep, it is our tireless commitment to quality and consistency that has made us one of the premier wineries in the region. New York wines are making a name for themselves on the world stage and we are proud to be a leader in this movement. Our focus is on hand crafting wines that capture the essence of where they are sourced. From our estate grown Baco Noir and Cabernet Franc, to our Riesling sourced on Seneca Lake, and merlot from the north fork of Long Island, we strive to allow our wines to speak of where they are from.
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Brimstone Hill Vineyard

845.744.2231

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61 Brimstone Hill Road
Pine Bush, NY 12566

HOURS:
11:30am–5:30pm
Memorial Day Weekend–Columbus Day Weekend: Fri. – Mon.
For the rest of the year, the winery is open weekends.
Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Click to Read About Brimstone Hill Vineyard

Located in the beautiful historic Hudson Valley region, this winery grows and produces elegant country Hudson River region wines. Visitors have a choice of eight graceful wines to taste. Brimstone Hill Vineyard and Winery’s award winning wines have been pleasing the palatable senses of this region for over 29 years! Our cozy tasting room is open year round! We welcome small and large groups to enjoy all four glorious seasons the valley has to offer. An appreciation for wine starts in the vineyard.
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Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery

845.496.3661

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100 Brotherhood Plaza Dr
Washingtonville, NY 10992

HOURS:
Jan–March: Fri–Sun 11am–5pm
April–Dec: Daily 11am–5pm & Sat,11am–6pm

Click to Read About Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery

Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery was established in 1839 and is located in the charming village of Washingtonville, in Orange County. Having survived Prohibition by producing sacramental wines, we are recognized by both the National and NY State Register of Historic Places as America’s Oldest Winery. Brotherhood’s unique experience provides visitors with a glimpse of a bygone era and taste of a promising future. Visitors find themselves enveloped by our charm, our history and our accommodating staff. Our campus is a little “village” comprised of several 19th century buildings including our Tasting Room, Grand Monarque Hall, Vinum Café, Chapel andGift Shop. Relax in our courtyard or patio where we have weekend activities of every variety. Visitors have the option of taking one of our historical tours through the largest hand-excavated underground cellars in the country. Your visit is not complete without participating in a wine tasting of Brotherhood’s award winning wines. Brotherhood is one of the Hudson Valley’s largest wine producers and we benefit from sourcing our grapes from the best grape growing regions in NY state. Our Riesling is sourced from the Finger Lakes, our Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from Long Island and our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Finger Lakes and Hudson Valley. We make affordable varietals and fun specialty blends as well as Sherry, Port and method-champenoise sparkling wine. Join us for one of our festivals or host your own corporate party or wedding in our newly renovated Grand Monarque Hall.
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Clearview Vineyard

845.651.2838

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35 Clearview Lane
Warwick, NY 10990

HOURS:
April–Dec: Sat & Sun, 12pm–5pm
Live Music, Sat & Sun, 2pm–5pm

Click to Read About Clearview Vineyard

Welcome to Clearview Vineyard. Open Saturdays and Sundays 12PM to 5PM until December 22, 2013. Wine tasting is $5.00 and includes five or more of our wines plus an 11oz embossed Clearview Vineyard wine glass.
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Demarest Hill Winery & Distillery

845.986.4723

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81 Pine Island Turnpike
Warwick, NY 10990

HOURS:
Daily: 11am–6pm
Closed Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter and Thanksgiving.
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Glorie Farm Winery

845.236.3265

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40 Mountain Road
Marlboro, NY 12542

HOURS:
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
April–Aug, Nov–Dec: 11:30am–5:30pm
Sept–Oct: 11:30am–6pm
Groups larger than eight must make a reservation prior to visiting.

Click to Read About Glorie Farm Winery

Glorie Farm Winery was conceived out of a love affair between agriculture and wine. We have been growing grapes on our Marlboro hillside farm for home winemakers and many valley wineries for nearly 30 years. At an elevation of 800 feet and with southeastern slopes, our location is considered one of the premier vineyard sites in the Hudson Valley, and virtually all visitors’ first reaction upon arrival is to comment on the amazing, 35-mile, panoramic view from this spot. Estate grown grapes make up ninety percent of our wines. Hudson Valley standards Seyval Blanc and Cabernet Franc lead the way, followed by DeChaunac , Cayuga White and Vidal Blanc, and more recently Riesling and Marquette. With these and others, we currently have more than a dozen varieties on trellis and continuously evaluate new and existing cultivars for future plantings. Our tree fruit, brambles and ribes are the sources for our fruit wines. Black currants, members of the ribe family, were banned from propagation in New York State in 1911. The ban was lifted in 2003, and we planted cuttings soon after, reaping our first harvest in 2008. An intensely flavored, deep red, sweet-tart wine was produced, a unique, rich taste experience that our customers immediately embraced. Surrounded by the vibrant orchards and vineyards of our 54-acre fruit farm, a large, red roofed barn built in 1913 was partially renovated between 2004 and 2007 for the winery and a tasting room. In the comfortable rustic elegance of our tasting room, we have but one objective –to be sure that each guest leaves having had a positive experience. We strive to provide visitors with a friendly, approachable atmosphere where they may select from an extensive list of gently handcrafted wines for tasting. Dry, semi-dry and sweet; red, white, and fruit wines; you’ll find them all here. We have a style for every palate.
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Palaia Vineyards & Winery

845.928.5384

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10 Sweet Clover Road
Highland Mills, NY 10930

HOURS:
Memorial Day–Dec 31: Mon–Thurs 12pm–6pm, Fri 12pm–11pm,
Sat 11am–11pm, Sun 11am–6pm
Jan 1-Memorial Day: Weekends: Fri 12pm–11pm, Sat 11am–11pm,
Sun 11am–6pm
Live music every weekend – Pub Style Food, Craft Beer.
Vineyard/Winery Tours on Sat and by request.

Click to Read About Palaia Vineyards & Winery

Our tasting room and gift shop is located inside a historic 200 year old barn, only 5 miles down the road from the Woodbury Common Outlets on Rt. 32. Come and sip our award-winning wines and listen to some live music, inside in the winter, or outside under our tent all summer. Set against a backdrop of vineyards and mountains, our stage showcases some of the best musicians and actors in the area. We produce a play every summer in July, and every Saturday night the music is on our 40 foot outdoor stage set against the backdrop of the vineyard and mountains. The farm grows 10 acres of premium grapes such as Cabernet Franc, Traminette, Lemberger, Pinot Noir, Seyval Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Noire. We have a relaxed, easy atmosphere to enjoy your wine tasting, and a selection of gourmet cheeses and light gourmet fare to complement the wines. We believe in service first, and can help you find accommodations in the area and at the winery itself, along with recommendations for fine dining or easy picnic supplies. Our picnic tables are set up with a view of the vineyard and are available all year long. Sign up for our e-mail list to get the latest information on bands performing here as well as special events. We host weddings, private parties, bridal and baby showers both inside and out. For more information, hours of operation, etc., please visit our website, or join us at facebook, twitter and 4-square.
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Robibero Winery

845.255.9463

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714 Albany Post Road
New Paltz, NY 12561

HOURS:
Jan & Feb: Sat & Sun, 11am–6pm
March–June & Nov–Dec: Thurs–Sun, 11am–6pm
July–Oct: Thurs–Mon, 11am–6pm

Click to Read About Robibero Winery

Established in 2010, Robibero Winery is one of New York’s newest wineries, and the most recent addition to the Shawangunk Wine Trail. The newly planted estate vineyard is set on a 42-acre property that is nestled in and around the breathtaking Shawangunk ridge. This majestic location is just a few miles from the historic town of New Paltz and only an 85-mile scenic drive from NYC. Robibero Winery is a family-friendly, pet-friendly establishment. The elegant tasting room includes a spacious concrete bar, fireplace, 52″ flat screen TV and plenty of indoor seating. Outside, the 90-foot deck offers panoramic views overlooking the vineyard and includes a pergola-covered patio on one side, and awning on the other. Along the lushly manicured sloping fields of the property, you will find picnic benches that welcome you to bring your lunch, and an outdoor fire-pit to keep you warm on those chilly nights. From the tasting room to the cellar, the Robibero family is truly hands on. Kristop Brown, the former winemaker at Benmarl is now practicing his craft at Robibero. Considered one of the most technically gifted winemakers in the Valley, Kristop and the Robiberos are producing premium artisan wines that are distinctive to their terrior. All of the wines are hand crafted in small lots to express unique and charming vintages. To find out more about what’s going on in the tasting room, cellar and vineyard, become our fan at facebook.com/robiberofamilyvineyards or follow us at twitter.com/robiberowinery January and February: Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm March-June; November –December: Thursday-Sunday 11am-6pm July-October: Thurs, Fri, Sun, Mon 11am-6pm. Saturday 11am-8pm
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Stoutridge Vineyard

845.236.7620

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10 Ann Kaley Lane
Marlboro, NY 12542

HOURS:
Open all year: Fri, Sat & Sun, 11am–6pm

Click to Read About Stoutridge Vineyard

Stoutridge Vineyard is a premium estate winery located in Marlboro, New York, 70 miles north of Manhattan. The vineyards are half a mile from the beautiful Hudson River on a south-east facing slopes of a ridge of land on which grapevines and fruit trees have been continuously planted for over 200 years. The Marlboro area has a rich history of fruit and wine production and during the 1800′s was the principal supplier of fresh fruit for New York City.Stoutridge Vineyards is built upon the historical foundations of vineyards planted in the late 1700′s, A winery established in 1902 which was closed by prohibition, and a bootleg era distillery which operated until 1956. We began replanting the vineyards in 2001, opened the winery in 2006, and are getting ready to open Stoutridge Distillery in late 2011.Slow Wine is a philosophy of winemaking that emphasizes winemaking techniques which make the best wine for a given region rather than techniques which are optimized for bringing wine to the marketplace. Pumping, filtering and fining ultimately are processes which speed up winemaking and get wines to the market which are ready to drink. But speeding up the winemaking process is hard on the wine, and certainly has a greater negative impact on the environment than slow winemaking. A wine which is pumped, fined and filtered has a less complex taste, a greater carbon footprint, has more ecological impact and has a higher cost of production than a wine made without them.At Stoutridge we do not use pumps, filters, fining agents or sulfites in making our wines. The only significant problems are that these wines require a longer time for gravity to settle them, a longer time to age in the winery before release, and they can have a slightly hazy appearance due to their higher levels of natural antioxidants. But these wines have a more complex flavor and have the ability to age far longer than their processed counterparts. Should you choose to age these slow wines in the cellar you will be rewarded with the increased complexity of flavors brought on by the development of bouquet.
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Warwick Valley
Winery & Distillery

845.258.4858

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114 Little York Road
Warwick, NY 10990

HOURS:
Open Daily: 11am–6pm
Café Open: Fri 12pm–4pm and Sat & Sun 12pm–5pm

Click to Read About Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery

Blend the high quality standards of a European château, the freshness of a local farm and the casual and friendly atmosphere of a favorite pub. The result: Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery. Started in 1994, the wines, ciders and fruit brandies make Warwick Valley Winery a unique gem in the picturesque Hudson Valley. Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery offers much more than just wine. The winery’s flagship product, Doc’s Draft Hard Cider has received international recognition as a top-tier hard cider. Using only the finest apples, pears and raspberries, Warwick Valley Winery has created a premier hard cider from estate-grown and locally sourced fruit. In 2001 the Winery added a distillery to their list of endeavors and is now producing a line of fruit brandies and liqueurs. Whole-fruit fermentation followed by a slow distillation results in Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery’s exceptional fruit brandies. The American Fruits line of distilled spirits capture the essence of the fruit and are reminiscent of the finest French and German fruit brandies. The winery also produces a variety of delicious wines.They range from the fun and fruit forward Black Dirt Red, named after the area’s rich and fertile soil, to the award-winning vinifera varietals including Cabernet franc, Riesling and chardonnay. With over a dozen wines, Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery can please any palate. If the wines, ciders and fruit brandies are not enough, the winery offers apple and pear picking in season. The orchards that surround the tasting room are filled with over 30 varieties. Pickers get the option of choosing heritage varieties like golden russet and new spectacular varieties like honey crisp and fortune.
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Whitecliff Vineyard

845.255.4613

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331 McKinstry Road
Gardiner, NY 12525

HOURS:
Feb–May, Nov & Dec: Thurs–Mon 11:30am–5:30pm
June–Oct: 11:30am–5:30pm; Sat 11am–6pm
Jan: Sat, 11:30am–5pm

Click to Read About Whitecliff Vineyard

Visit our friendly Tasting Room to enjoy the beauty and inspiration of wine country close to home. You will taste the results of our quest to produce wines that are high quality, food-friendly, and good value, in New York’s Hudson Valley. Whitecliff is an artisanal, family run winery created by the current owners and founders from the ground up, in what was an empty field thirty years ago. Over that time Michael and Yancey Migliore have worked towards their goal—to establish a winery that is both thoroughly rooted in Hudson Valley agriculture, and recognized and respected as a producer of fine, complex, European-style wines. We have dedicated decades to finding and planting grape varieties that succeed on our site and will produce wines we are proud of. We currently have one of the largest vineyards in the Hudson Valley, with over 20 varieties of grapes planted for our continuing effort to refine our growing and winemaking.The driveway approach to our Tasting Room brings you through the heart of the vineyard. Whatever the season, you will see what’s going on in one of the biggest vineyards in the Hudson Valley. Our wines have been recognized with such prestigious awards as Best White Wine at the 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition, and Best Chardonnay at the 2011 Atlantic Seabord Competition. Our wines have been served at many great restaurants, and our popular Awosting White was just honored as the first hybrid-based wine on the wine list at New York City’s famous Gramercy Tavern.