Amazing Wines from New York’s Hudson Valley
When you think of wines made in the United States, I'd venture to guess that California is the first state that comes to mind. However, did you know that New York actually lays claim the oldest continually operating winery in the country? It's true. Brotherhood, in Washingtonville (a town in New York's Hudson Valley), was established in 1839. They produce several kinds of wine from Mead to Merlot. And while the Finger Lakes region and Long Island tend to steal the limelight from the Hudson Valley, there are several gems nestled away here.
Clinton Vineyards is in the small town of Clinton Corners, NY and has produced award-winning dessert wines. Their Seyval Blanc is also much celebrated.
About 15 minutes away from Clinton Vineyards you'll find Alison Wines in Red Hook. Their Fraise dessert wine is a medal winner, and they have several other delicious offerings as well.
A little further south is Millbrook Vineyards and Winery. Not far from the famous Culinary Institute of America, Millbrook also boast several award-winning wines.
Also in the town of Millbrook you will find Oak Summit Vineyards where you will not find any of the dessert wines or other sweet wines that many New York Wineries produce. At Oak Sumimt they produce only one wine - Pinot Noir. They use exclusively their own grapes in their award-winning wine.
Nestled away in Amenia is Cascade Mountain Winery, which boasts a highly acclaimed restaurant in addition to the winery (and naturally they serve their own wines!).
All of these wineries offer tours and tastings (though some are by appointment only so it is best to call before planning your visit). If you're looking for a great way to spend an afternoon, consider driving through the gorgeous Hudson Valley trying out new wines!
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