Karen wanted to be a farmer and Frank thought he was retired. That’s how it started. They set out to make quality wines from organically grown grapes.
Wine has been made from the grapes of the Hudson Valley since the 17th century when the French Huguenots grew vines and made wine in New Paltz.
Brimstone Hill is among the older Hudson Valley vineyards and wineries. The vineyard dates back to 1969 when Richard and Valerie Eldridge planted some 20 varieties of “French hybrid” grapes on approximately a half acre of sloping land.
Glorie Farm Winery is exactly what lawmakers had in mind when they passed the New York Farm Winery Act of 1976. The new law allowed grape growers in New York to establish wineries and sell directly to the public. In other words: Farm + Winery = Farm Winery.
Stoutridge Vineyard is a premium estate winery and distillery located in Marlboro, NY, 70 miles north of Manhattan. They are members of the Shawangunk Wine Trail, as well as the Meet Me in Marlborough Farm Trail.
Since its grand opening in 2014, Clermont Vineyards & Winery has established itself as a staple on the Hudson Valley wine trail.
The Hudson-Chatham Winery was started by Carlo and Dominique DeVito when they acquired their property in 2006. Last year was the 10-year anniversary of their opening to the public.
Seyval Blanc is a white French-American hybrid variety that is grown in the Hudson Valley. The grape is adaptable to different regions and climates, and is grown throughout the eastern United States, northern France, and England.
Don’t Call it a Comeback: Hudson Valley Winemakers Prove Hybrid Wines Have a Place in the Cellar and at the Table
A plethora of wines made from hybrid varieties are emerging from “under-the-radar” status to notable wines—and it’s happening in our backyard.