Clover Pond Vineyard
James Besha, Joyce Besha,
CLOVER POND VINEYARD is a family-owned and operated estate vineyard that grows, produces and bottles all of their wines. The farm is comprised of 100 acres of vines, fields, and rolling hills with a view of the Helderberg mountains. Since 2014 Clover Pond Vineyard has cultivated just over nine thousand vines on sixteen acres of vineyard.
How did the vineyard get started? Joyce and Jim grew up in Guilderland, NY, and after moving back a few years ago were looking for something to do. Joyce has a green thumb and can grow anything, and Jim likes to buy tractors, so growing a vineyard on their 100-acre farm seemed like a perfectly sensible idea. The name 100 Acre Wood also seemed to fit perfectly. They met another couple, Gerry and Mary Barnhart of Victory View Vineyard in Easton who became their mentors. One hundred vines turned into 2,000, then 4,000, then 9,000 and there was no looking back. The winery and tasting room were recently awarded Best New Construction 2022 by the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce.
Clover Pond Vineyard was awarded multiple medals at the 2020 New York Wine Classic for all of the varieties they submitted.
Visitors are welcome to take a tour of the vineyard, production facility, and tasting room by reservation. The master farmer/winemakers take visitors through their entire winemaking process—from grape to glass.
Recently recognized as a NYS Sustainable Vineyard, Clover Pond Vineyard is committed to advancing the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of vineyards in New York. They seek to support other local wineries in the region because they believe cooperation between grape growers and winemakers elevates New York wines.
Clover Pond Vineyard is in the Upper Hudson AVA and part of the Upper Hudson Wine Trail. The vineyard features hundreds of lavender plants and rose bushes set in a tranquil setting. Clover Pond Vineyard is “perfectly pairing wine and nature.”
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Classic Car Shows
On Labor Day weekend, Clover Pond Vineyard held a classic car show featuring four 1937 Cords. Unusual and rare, these beautiful automobiles are part of the Clover Pond Collection and are being lovingly restored.
Additional car shows are planned throughout the year. Visit the website for more information.
MEET THE WINEMAKERS
Clover Pond Vineyard believes in letting the natural terroir, flavors, and character of each year’s grape harvest shine through in every glass.
Careful vineyard management, minimal processing, and a balanced approach to winemaking are essential. It takes time, patience and hard work, but the winemakers believe the results speak for themselves and can be enjoyed in every bottle.