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.
The story begins in the orchard. In 1989, Warwick Valley Winery purchased an orchard and began to learn how to cultivate fruit. The passion for creating wines and ciders soon evolved into an idea to begin distilling and to open the first distillery in the Hudson Valley since Prohibition.
Demarest Hill Winery is the largest winery in Warwick, NY, stocking 40 varieties of wine, ports, and ciders. They also make their own vinegars and an impressive array of spirits including five different varieties of grappa, their award-winning gin, brandies, vodkas, rum, schnapps, and more.
Hit the road for fall adventure! Autumn in the Hudson Valley is a whimsical time, when colorful crops are plush and plentiful, flavors are at their freshest, and the culinary and beverage scenes are just as vibrant as the falling leaves.