35 Clearview Lane
Warwick, NY 10990
Christmas through March
$5.00 includes 11oz. wine glassTOURS
Frank and Karen GraessleMANAGER
Frank and Karen GraessleWINEMAKERS
Frank and Karen Graessle
KAREN WANTED TO BE A FARMER and Frank “thought” he was retired. That's how it started. We set out to make quality wines from organically grown grapes. No easy task. First we needed the property. Wanting to be close to family and friends we decided on Warwick, a farm-friendly town familiar to Karen since her youth. Finding a great spot, we moved here in October, 2004. We asked Steven McKay, the Small Fruit & Grapes Extension Educator from Cornell Cooperative Extension to visit our property and give us some advice. After having dirt core samples evaluated, it became apparent that this was an ideal site for grape vines. A heavily-wooded, two-and-a-half acre section was cleared with the help of Mark Malosay, a local landscape expert. The following year, in 2007, we purchased a John Deere tractor, put down three tons of lime, three-bottom plowed, rototilled, dug more than nine hundred holes, and with the help of family and friends planted nine hundred grape vines on our sloping hillside.
In the spring of 2008 we began putting up the steel trellis system, and a seven-foot-high fence around the vineyard. The vines started to grow fast and we took off most of the fruit as fast as we could, putting energy back into the vines. We harvested a small amount of the Cayuga White grapes and made our first ten bottles of wine. Karen personally crushed them with her feet and we squeezed the grapes through cheese cloth and fermented the juice in glass carboys. The following year we received a gold award for that wine in the amateur competition of the Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association. Since then we have received seven awards for our wines.
Our New York State Liquor License arrived on August 26, 2010 and we began selling our wines under a canopy outdoors. The following year we joined the Florida Farmers Market. Then in the summer of 2012 we broke ground for our 3,800 square-foot winery, and the new wine tasting facility will open in June 2013. The new building will allow us to produce more wine of an even higher quality. We will be open every Saturday and Sunday, from April to December, 12pm to 5pm, with live music from 2pm to 5pm. The new facility will be available for rentals for up to 88 people inside, and another 50 people on our beautiful covered porch. We will be selling our dry wines, as well as wines and hard apple ciders from other wineries in the Hudson Valley. Free tours of the winery and vineyard will be available. Clearview Vineyard is also proud to announce they are new members of the Shawangunk Wine Trail!
From the sweat of our brow and from our hearts to yours, we hope you enjoy our little slice of heaven – Clearview Vineyard.
Monet is a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot that we made for the first time in 2011. The wine is a smooth, full-bodied red wine with a long finish that pairs well with beef, a number of cheeses, and many hearty meals. The wine was named after our cat “Monet,” whose picture is on the label.ESTATE SEYVAL BLANC
The Estate Seyval Blanc is a full-bodied, dry white wine made from our organically-grown grapes. It has aromas of apples, citrus and melons and is often compared to Sancerre which is produced in France’s Loire region.MERLOT
Our Merlot was also produced for the first time in 2011 from grapes grown in the North Fork of Long Island. We buy the grapes and bring them to our winery and produce the wine here. The wine has a rich, full aroma with a smoky/earthy taste and a long finish. It goes great with lamb, duck, and many robust foods.