$15 for flight of 5 wines
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.
Traminette is a white hybrid known for its versatility. It’s spicy with floral aromas and notes of lychee, apricot, and honey. Pair it with a Thai Noodle dish with fresh veggies in a spicy peanut sauce made with ginger, honey, soy, rice vinegar and chili garlic oil, and it’s the staff’s favorite pairing of the year (so far)!
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.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Cocktails are as popular as ever at Applewood Winery! The staff loves putting a unique twist on standard cocktail recipes using Applewood’s wines, ciders and spirits (such as Applewood Gin and Vodka) to create seasonal cocktail menus.
Two summer favorites are: Naked in the Garden made with Applewood vodka, rosé cider, lime juice, and housemade lavender simple syrup, garnished with lime. And for gin drinkers, there is the Green Tea Gimlet made with Applewood Gin, lime juice, housemade green tea simple syrup, and a splash of Naked Flock’s dry-hopped Citra Cider. Cheers!
New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day
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.