BRIMSTONE HILL VINEYARDADDRESS
61 Brimstone Hill Rd.
Pine Bush, NY 12566
Columbus Day–Memorial Day:
Sat & Sun, 11:30am–5:30pm
Memorial Day–Columbus Day:
Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon,
$3 for table wines available
$1.50 for sparkling wine
Available by appointmentACREAGE
BRIMSTONE HILL IS AMONG the older group of Hudson Valley vineyards and wineries. The actual vineyard dates back to 1969 when Richard and Valerie Eldridge planted some 20 varieties of “French hybrid” grapes on approximately a half acre of sloping land. The Eldridges were (and still are) dedicated oenophiles. This tradition really stems from Valerie’s background. She was French by origin, and she grew up in an extended French winemaking family from the Loire Valley.
In the 1970s the Eldridge vineyards expanded to about 3-4 acres of grapes. The decision to try a small winery was made in 1978-79, a time period when there was considerable interest in establishing smaller wineries throughout the Hudson Valley. There was (and still is) much to learn about appropriate grape varieties, wine types and wine-making techniques for this region. Initially, the French-American hybrid grape varietals seemed to be the most appropriate for better wines. As the 1980s progressed some of the traditional European vitis vinifera varieties showed considerable promise.
Then, as Cornell became better focused on higher quality wine grape varieties (remember Cornell has had a grape breeding program for generations), some of their interspecific hybrid varieties have blossomed in the Hudson Valley. Brimstone Hill has worked with all of these categorical groupings in a strong effort to make distinctive regional wines, which we are proud of.
As for size, our vineyards have expanded considerably; we now have about 10 acres producing and about 3-4 acres, which are not yet in production. Our operation continues to be somewhat experimental in nature. One of the pioneering ventures we are very proud of is the development of a sparkling wine, which is made in the tradition of the French champagnes. Our current production is between 7,500 and 10,000 bottles per year.
This is a fairly recent NY State red grape which was developed by Cornell. It produces a very high-quality red wine with good tannins and overtones of black pepper. Noiret picks up an added richness when it is aged in oak barrels, and it accompanies most foods very well. It has proven to be very popular in our tasting room.CABERNET FRANC
Thirty years ago, Cabernet Franc was almost unknown in Eastern winemaking and viticultural circles, but it has developed a steady and growing following among our customers. At Cornell it has proven to be the most winter hardy of the traditional European wine grape varieties, and it is reasonably disease-resistant. At Brimstone Hill we vinify Cabernet Franc along the lines of the Loire Valley Cabernet Franc wines. It is excellent with red meats, and it accompanies pasta dishes nicely.CAYUGA WHITE
A semi-sweet wine with a delicate flavor and aroma. People frequently say that it possesses overtones of pear. Cayuga White is a great sipping wine on a hot summer afternoon, and it goes nicely with fruits and/or desserts. It is our most popular wine year in and year out.DOMAINE BOURMONT SPARKLING WINE
Our sparkling wine is a light dry (brut) sparkler made in the full Méthode Champenoise tradition. This means that the second fermentation occurs in the bottle, that is, the actual bottle in which the wine is served. It is a great wine to have with any celebration.