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.
You came at a good time, actually,” says Stephen Osborn as he lifted the lid off of a giant wooden fermenter filled with hundreds of pounds of cherries that are in the process of fermenting into a deep, rich slurry.
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.
Angry Orchard and its head cider maker Ryan Burk want to change the way we think about hard cider.