Visit Applewood Winery in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley and discover the oldest working farm in Orange County and one of the oldest farms west of the Hudson River. The Hull family and their friends began planting fruit trees in former pastures in 1949. In 1994, the winery was created and vineyards planted. Remarkably, the vistas from the vineyards today have changed little from the time before George Washington was born.
When Applewood first started making wine they had two goals in mind: To make some really great wines and to have as much fun as possible doing so. Now they want to share their passion for wine and make it an easy, enjoyable experience for you and your friends and family.
Sundays are made for Mimosas! Enjoy Cider Mimosa Flights in mouth-watering flavors such as Peach Mango, Pear, Mimosa Sunrise, Blackberry Fizz and Traditional, all made with Naked Flock cider. Now available at Applewood all day every Sunday throughout the spring and summer.
When you visit Applewood you get to taste wine right where it comes from. You’ll find plenty of true connoisseurs in Applewood’s tasting room: People who know what they like and don’t need a wine critic’s review to justify it. Applewood’s wine is not expensive or French, and you don’t need to know an insider to get it. Novices can learn about the world of wine in a comfortable setting, and even the most jaded imbiber will find a rich and complex tasting experience.
Food is constantly talked about in Applewood’s tasting room, almost as much as they talk about their wines. Applewood offers a universe of experiences – food pairing weekends, tasting classes, and a Cider Café. For cider lovers, the Cider Bar is always open offering flights, pints, and growler fills of Naked Flock Hard Cider. Rotating tap lines feature new and seasonal ciders on a regular basis.
It gives everyone at Applewood Winery great pleasure to share with you their harvest of wine and cider. Of course, you can just hang out and listen to live music in the courtyard, too.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Pommeau is Making its Debut this Summer!
Pommeau is an apple-based spirit whose origin hails from northwestern France. The Hudson Valley, well known for its apple orchards and hard apple ciders is the perfect geographical area for Pommeau to flourish. Jonathan Hull, chief winemaker, cidermaker, spiritmaker, and meadmaker has now turned his attention to Pommeau.
Pommeau starts by distilling Naked Flock Hard Cider and blending it with fresh apple juice, then aging it for well over a year. The result is a mellow, amber-colored spirit, slightly sweet and warm on the nose with the crisp, tart finish of a just-picked apple — all while maintaining the comforting flavors of vanilla and caramel.
With a 17% ABV, Pommeau is similar to an aperitif, cordial, or dessert wine. It is generally sipped straight, chilled or at room temperature to allow for the full spectrum of aromas and flavors.
The mixologist at Applewood has a lot of cocktail ideas brewing for the late summer release of Applewood’s Pommeau, starting with a Pommeau “Old Fashioned” to celebrate its debut.
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MEET THE OWNERS & WINEMAKER
Jonathan and Michelle Hull
Jonathan and Michele Hull are the owners of Applewood Winery. Jonathan grew up on the farm at Applewood and moved to New York City to attend NYU. When he met Michele, his idea of a gourmet meal was takeout. But Michele worked at the famous Windows on The World restaurant, and was wise in the ways of food and wine.
Living in New York City was a great learning experience, but Jonathan yearned to return to his agricultural roots. With his newfound love of wine that Michelle had instilled in him, Jonathan hit on the idea of opening a winery on the family farm. The prodigal son returned home and opened the winery with Michele’s gracious hand guiding the tasting room. She’s been welcoming guests to the tasting room ever since, and Jonathan has been on the cutting edge of the Craft Beverage Movement in Orange County for over 20 years now.