There is a symbiotic relationship between business, community, and the land in Orange County. We talked to four craft beverage makers about the magic of living and owning a business here.
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.
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.