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.
Riesling, sparkling or not, is one of the most food-friendly wines on the planet! A weeknight meal of Camembert, Fontina, and Apple Butter Grilled Cheese served with a Sparkling Riesling is an example of basic pairing to perfection, and will most certainly end the day on a high note!
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
A New Member of the Flock
Naked Flock is spreading its wings a little wider to include a line of Mead. At its core, traditional Mead is produced by fermenting honey with water. Naked Flock takes a modern approach and produces a clean, flavorful style by using different types of honey and adding fruits, spices, or hops. Mead may be bone dry, sweet, or anything in between—as with Naked Flock Ciders, the flavor profiles are endless.
Currently on tap in the tasting room is Smashed Cherry Mead, made with tart New York State cherries and clover honey. It is semi-dry with the honey taste up front and a slightly tart cherry bite in the finish. It will soon be available at bars and restaurants in the Hudson Valley.
10th Annual Naked Flock Hard Cider Experience
November 3rd and 4th, 12pm – 5pm
Naked Flock Hard Ciders take center stage with tastings of Original, Draft, and Pumpkin (made with fresh roasted sugar pumpkins) and Dry Citra Hopped cider. Seasonal ciders like Santa’s Sauce will be added to the fall/winter line-up. These are paired with cider-friendly food bites.
MEET THE OWNERS & WINEMAKER
JONATHAN AND MICHELE 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.