176 Hardenburgh Road
Pine bush, NY 12566
Aug & Oct: 7 days a week, 12pm–5pm
Apr 20–Dec 30: Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, 12pm–5pm
Easter, Thanksgiving, ChristmasTASTING FEES
$7 for 8 wines, including tasting glassTOURS
Pat and Jack BaldwinMANAGER
Pat and Jack BaldwinWINEMAKER
Pat and Jack Baldwin
IN 1982, THE BALDWINS purchased a farm which had been the Hardenburgh Estate since 1786, including a stone home and 18,000 square feet of out buildings situated on 37 acres of prime alluvial farmland.
The first vineyard was planted in May 1982, and a second vineyard the next year, bringing total vine acreage up to 10 acres. In the Fall of 1982, the first vintage was vinified using grapes purchased locally, and the winery opened in July 1983 with five wines, three of which were awarded medals at the New York State Wine Competition.
Baldwin Vineyards has spent the past 30 years garnering awards for their Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, Brut Champagne, Port and a dozen other wines, but pioneered New York's entry into the premium fruit wine category.
Starting with their Strawberry Wine in 1985 (Best fruit wine at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2006 and 2007); they added Apple, Blueberry, Cherry and Black Raspberry wines which have gathered many more awards over the years. The Black Raspberry Wine, alone, has won numerous gold medals in wine competitions, including the 2013 Gold Medal at the International Eastern Wine Competition.
Most recently, Baldwin Vineyards garnered three gold medals for all three berry wines: Double Gold for their Strawberry Wine; and Gold for their Raspberry Wine and Trilogy (Red Raspberry) at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, making them the best fruit wines in the competition of more than 3,500 entrants! Their Strawberry Wine and Trilogy was also awarded a Silver Medal at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and they won Best Fruit Wine in New York State at the New York Food and Wine Classic in 2012.
The Baldwin's philosophy on fruit wines, which began a trend throughout the entire Northeast, was to vinify fruit wines as premium varietal wines, rather than the old tradition of adding water and other less expensive fruit juices to bring down the cost. Instead of making the fruit wines dry, as was the tradition, the Baldwins finished their fruit wines so they tasted like the fruit they started from.
Recognizing that wine goes best with food, the Baldwins started a tradition in 2006 to have frequent Strawberry, Chocolate & Wine Festivals, which involve tasting all of our wines accompanied by three chocolate/strawberry desserts.
The food makes all the vibrant flavors in the wines stand out, and the desserts taste much better accompanied by the various wines. Imagine tasting cheesecake with a Port or Ice Wine, strawberry shortcake with Brut Champagne or Late Harvest Riesling, or chocolate desserts with Strawberry or Black Raspberry Wine.
The Ice Wine is our newest wine addition - a Riesling frozen on the vines until the juice is like a sweet, intense syrup. These very special grapes have a full-bodied luscious flavor like no other grape wine - making it the perfect dessert wine.