1900 State Route 66
Ghent, NY 12075
518-392-WINE (9463)E MAIL
12pm-5pm with additional
summer and holiday hours
Monday-Thursday, but open by appointmentTASTING FEES
14 acres total, about 5 acres plantedPRODUCTION
Carlo and Dominique DeVitoMANAGERS
Carlo and Dominique DeVitoWINEMAKERS
Carlo DeVito, Steve Casscles, Ralph Cooley
THE HUDSON-CHATHAM WINERY was started by Carlo and Dominique DeVito when they acquired their property in 2006. The last remaining 14 acres of the former 500-acre Brisklea Farms dairy in Ghent in Columbia County, with rolling hills that afford views stretching from the Catskills to the Berkshires, the DeVitos knew when they first stepped onto the land that it was where they wanted to be.
They planted 1,000 vines in 2006 – a combination of Seyval Blanc, Muscat, Chancellor, and DeChaunac – and became instant farmers. They now have an additional 1,000 vines planted, mostly Baco Noir, but also Chelois, Burdin, and some other hybrids. A tasting room was constructed in early 2007, and the Hudson-Chatham Winery opened its doors in September that year.
To get started, they tapped into their extensive knowledge of the wines and winemakers of New York State to develop and bring in grapes and blend wines they could fashion under their Hudson-Chatham label. They also established a Paperbirch label for fortified dessert wines, and have a line of distinctive port-style wines, a lovely cassis, and a multiple award-winning sherry.
In January 2012, the winery expanded its production area to accommodate additional tanks, and to create a designated area for bottling, labeling, and storage. When this was completed, it allowed them to expand their tasting room into the adjacent building. With fresh paint, new flooring, cabinets, and a great bar fashioned from a single plank just as in the original tasting room, the winery is now able to do tastings in comfort and style for more visitors.
The concept behind the Hudson-Chatham Winery is to showcase select New York State wines in an enjoyable setting. Besides the large and airy tasting rooms, guests also enjoy great scenery and views on the property. In its relatively short time of operation, the Hudson-Chatham Winery has notched many distinctive awards for its wines, consistently winning medals at the Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association, the New York Food & Wine Classic, the NY State Fair, and the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. Their reds have received scores in the high 80s from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines. In summer 2012, their 2010 Baco Noir Reserve Casscles Vineyard won a prestigious Double Gold medal from the NY State Fair Wine Competition – the only Hudson Valley wine to do so.
In addition to the wines, Hudson-Chatham produces a line of its own 100% natural maple syrups under the Sugarmaker’s Reserve label, a distinctive black currant “caviar,” several cheeses, and other gourmet items.
This light-bodied, delightful dry red made from 100% Chelois grown at Casscles Vineyard in Athens, NY, never disappoints. We age it for 9 months in French oak and bottle-age it another six months before releasing it. With just 25 cases of the ’11 vintage, we released the wine in late March and sold out less than one month later. Now we can’t wait for the 2012, which will release in March 2014.2012 ROSÉ
We had such a great response from the Rosé we released last summer that we crafted one for 2013. Always a great wine for summer, we look forward to drinking this dry Rosé with fish, seafood, cheeses, and other summertime favorites.HUDSON RIVER VALLEY RED
For the art for this year’s label, we found another beautiful image from one of the Hudson River School’s most beloved painters, Asher Durand, called “The Indian’s Vespers.” This Beaujolais-style red blend is a perennial favorite of our customers.