If you’ve ever driven extensively around the Hudson Valley, chances are you hit a GPS dead zone en route to your destination, only to find yourself delighted to be wherever you ended up.
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.
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.
Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery products are crafted in the “tree to bottle” method, with the apples grown steps from the distillery then pressed, fermented, distilled and bottled all on-site.
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.
Hillrock Estate Distillery is located in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, two hours north of New York City, overlooking the distant Berkshire Mountains. Prime farmland, crystal clear water, and a favorable climate create a unique terroir which is profoundly expressed in Hillrock’s artisanal whiskeys.
Four hundred years of history and hospitality make the Hudson Valley an ideal location for production of our own native spirit – bourbon whiskey.
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.
Still the One Distillery, located in Westchester County, is one of the first and only distilleries in the world to create vodka from honey. The operation began as the home to Comb Vodka, made by taking orange blossom honey, fermenting it into mead, then slowly distilling the mead twice to create the award-winning Comb Vodka.
Wineries used to be places where grown-ups went to escape children, but as our culture, and our relationship with craft beverages has evolved, they’ve become places where the presence of toddling mini-humans isn’t just tolerated, it’s actively encouraged.
Prohibition may have dealt applejack a near death blow back in 1920 when the law went into effect, but apple brandy, commonly known as “applejack,” is once again making a name for itself as a popular American drink.
Woman and alcohol haven’t always had the best relationship throughout history, so we’ve made the case for a few local women deserving of their own brand.