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.
Make your experience at Applewood extra special! Book a Private Cabana for 2 to 10 guests — it includes a dedicated server to discuss the wines and ciders, has super comfy seating, and fire pits in case of chilly weather. Visit the website for more info and to make a reservation for this must-do experience!
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 their wines. If you love chocolate, Applewood offers a chocolate pairing along with a wine flight that shouldn’t be missed. The Cider Café features applewood-fired pizzas, cheese and charcuterie boards, pretzel bites with Applewood’s own honey mustard dipping sauce, housemade hummus, and more. For cider lovers, Naked Flock features a flight of four, 4-ounce pours. Rotating tap lines feature limited edition and seasonal options, as well as core ciders. The Cider Bar offers pints and growler fills, and cans and bottles are available to purchase to enjoy at home or wherever you are heading this summer!
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.
Naked Flock’s signature summer cider, Lemon Ginger, will be released this May! This cider is bursting with citrus flavor and has a mellow ginger taste on the finish, making it a perfect summer refresher. Try a Lemon Ginger Shandy Cocktail—just add vodka and lemonade.
Not a cider lover? Summer is rosé season and Applewood has a rosé wine for every palate. Vineyard Sunset is a dry rose made with a blend of Cayuga, Riesling, and Traminette grapes. Pink Moscato is a delightfully sweet rosé wine with notes of roses and raspberries. Try them both!
Private Cabanas are a great way to enjoy your Applewood experience with an intimate party of two, or a small group of up to eight of your closest friends. You will have a gorgeous view of the lake and hills while sipping a variety of flights, cocktails, wine slushies and more. A dedicated server will make sure you don’t go hungry—pizzas, charcuterie, empanadas and other light bites are available. Reserve in advance to savor this special experience!
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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 20 years.