MILLBROOK VINEYARDS & WINERYADDRESS
26 Wing Road
Millbrook, NY 12545
12pm-5pm, seven days a week
Memorial Day–Labor Day: 11am-6pm
New Year's Day, Easter
$10 for guided tour and wine tasting
Included with wine tastingACREAGE
Estate 130 acres, 30 planted with vinesPRODUCTION
John S. DysonMANAGER
David H. BovaWINEMAKER
THE WINERY WAS FOUNDED IN 1981 by John S. Dyson, former Deputy Mayor for Economic Development in New York City, as well as former New York State Commissioner of Commerce and Agriculture. It was the first vineyard in the Hudson River Region of New York dedicated exclusively to the production of vinifera grapes. Dyson started growing grapes by planting an experimental acre of vinifera grapes at his family farm in Millbrook. In 1979, he purchased a former dairy farm and converted the 1940s-era barn into an efficiently designed modern winery. Millbrook Winery’s first commercial vintage was in 1985 and today it produces over 14,000 cases of wine a year.
Of the estate’s 130 acres, over 30 are now planted with grapes. Approximately half of the vineyard is planted with Chardonnay, and the remainder consists of Tocai Friulano, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc. Some of Millbrook’s most highly regarded wines include the Proprietor’s Special Reserve versions of Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir. When the growing season allows, Millbrook also produces five vineyard-designate wines in very limited quantities – our Lollipop Hill Tocai Friulano, Block Two West Chardonnay, Castle Hill Chardonnay, Block Five East Pinot Noir and Block Three East Cabernet Franc.
Millbrook Winery is located in a renovated Dutch hip dairy barn that has magnificent views of the vineyards, Catskill Mountains, and rolling hills of Dutchess County. Millbrook stays true to its goal of producing wines of the highest caliber by uniting state-of-the-art viticulture with classical French and Italian winemaking techniques including barrel aging and malolactic fermentation.
Essential to the Millbrook Wine Experience is an informative and enriching guided tour of the winery, which will leave you with an insider's view of the entire winemaking process, from the careful tending of the vineyards to the winemaker’s art of vinification. Each tour is capped off with a complete and informative tasting of current vintage Millbrook wines.
The 2013 growing season will mark the second year of our Winegrowing Bootcamp. Under John Graziano’s watchful eye, students tend to their own personal assigned Tocai vines located in Millbrook’s “Lollipop Hill” vineyard block. Although the 2013 Bootcamp is already in session, keep this unique experience in mind for 2014.
The 2013 vintage will be the first year our recently planted Riesling vines will be producing fruit. While we await the release of our first Hudson River Region Riesling, our winemaker did produce a dry Riesling with Finger Lakes fruit that is currently available for purchase in our Tasting Room.
Our Hunt Country Collection (White, Rosé and Red) is in full release once again with new blends and new label imagery. To support the Millbrook Hunt's open space goals, Millbrook Winery will make a donation to the Hunt for every bottle of our Hunt Country wines sold at the winery.