1131 South Road
Wurtsboro, NY 12790
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BASHAKILL VINEYARDS is Sullivan County’s first licensed farm winery, which opened its tasting room doors in December 2007. BashaKill Vineyards is an eco-friendly vineyard that produces “certified naturally grown” grapes. The vineyard lies on a slight slope that flows down to the 2,000 acre BashaKill wetlands. This marsh provides an ideal micro-climate to grow world-class organic grapes and the loose sandy soil offers excellent farming conditions. The land around the wetlands has a long history of farming dating back to the 1700s. It was initially inhabited by Native Americans, and by the mid-1700s European settlers migrated to the area. Old clay drainage pipes can still be found in some of the fields.
The northern fields of the vineyard, planted in 2005, are home to both our Cayuga White vines as well as a red variety named Noiret. We use the Cayuga White grapes to produce our Estate White Tail varietal white wine. Our Estate White Tail is a Germanic style, balanced, semi-sweet wine with hints of melon, peach, apple, and an earthy overtone. In 2006, we took a chance planting a newly released red hybrid out of Minnesota named Marquette, which has Pinot Noir as one of its grandparents. Marquette is known to be a hardy, disease-resistant grape while still producing a high-quality wine. In 2010, we harvested enough grapes for two barrels of our first Estate red wine. We blended our Marquette with our Noiret and called it Bald Eagle. This wine red wine has notes of raspberry, currants, with spice, oak and hints of black pepper, made from organically-grown grapes.
We are now implementing several biodynamic practices in our vineyard. In 2009, we introduced chickens into our vineyard to help control pests and provide us with organic fertilizer, which is composted with our grape pressings and reapplied to our soil. In 2010, we introduced eight Babydoll Southdown sheep to manage our weeds and fertilize at the same time. We want to build an environment that will allow us to grow the most flavorful grapes, which will reflect in our wines. We also completed our wine cave, which gives us the perfect humidity and temperature to store our barrels. The wine cave is 40’ deep and 16’ wide with hand-crafted doors of forged steel and 4-inch-thick wood weighing over 500 pounds each! Another acre-and-a-half has been cleared above the cave, which we will start prepping for more vines to expand our estate red wine production.
Made from the noble Gewurztraminer grape, grown and hand-harvested on the east side of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of NY. A semi-dry, highly aromatic wine with spice and honey on the palate and nose.WHITE TAIL
Made in the same style as our Estate wine, but with grapes from Keuka Lake, and is intended to be more of a dessert wine.OSPREY
One of our most popular whites, this Germanic-style, semi-sweet wine has flavors and aromas of honeysuckle, pineapple, and grapefruit. Enjoy with light pasta dishes and desserts.WOOD DUCK
Our first Chardonnay which is half aged in American oak and half in stainless steel, then blended together for a very smooth, dry white wine. It has a full body and a beautiful finish!2010 BLACK BEAR
Best in Show in the 2011 Hudson Valley Wine competition! Made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes grown on Seneca Lake, aged for 10 months in medium toast American Oak barrels. Has notes of cherry, black currant, black pepper, and raspberry on the nose and palate. Pairs well with barbeque, steaks, and even poultry.2010 COYOTE
Silver medal winner. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc grapes, both grown on Seneca Lake. A dry red wine, aged for 10 months in American Oak, it has notes of tobacco, black currant, spice, and pepper on the nose and palate. Pairs well with most meat dishes, especially steak and lamb.2010 BLUE HERON
Made from 100% Chancellor grapes grown on Keuka Lake. This bold wine has notes of cedar, anise, and spice, and is great on a crisp autumn day. Pairs well with spicy foods.2010 ESTATE BALD EAGLE
2010 Estate Bald Eagle is our first estate red wine made from a blend of our Noiret and Marquette organically-grown grapes. We only produced enough grapes for two barrels, but the wine is outstanding.