With its new tasting room up and running, Milea Estate Vineyard is bringing new life to the region as a must-go destination in Dutchess County.
During the nineteenth century, the Mid-Hudson River Valley was one of the top three centers of American horticulture and fruit breeding, especially for grapes. At its height in 1890, the region was home to more than 13,000 acres of vineyards.
Last summer, Hudson Valley Wine Magazine editors invited a small group of local farmers and artisan producers to join them and celebrity Chef and Chopped judge Marc Murphy and NYC Beverage Director David Lombardo for a farm-to-table meal featuring the wines of the Shawangunk Wine Trail.
The owners of Palaia Winery are from the Woodstock generation and – as the peace symbol on all their labels attests to – they aren’t afraid to show it. A family run winery with a tasting room in a 200-year-old barn on land once owned by Aaron Burr, Palaia is affectionately known as the Hudson Valley’s “hippie winery.”
Located on a fifth-generation farm in the Black Dirt region of Orange County, NY, Orange County Distillery is a true farm-to-bottle craft distillery. Their focus is on quality, not quantity. They grow everything on their farm that is needed to produce quality spirits.