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.
“We are not a wine company therefore we don’t have a corporate mission. We are a family that happens to have a passion for wine. We are a family that loves each other very much. We fight with passion and forgive quickly."
Hailed as “one of the valley’s most ambitious wineries,” Whitecliff takes pride in being part of a vanguard of innovators who have added European wine grapes, high-quality new hybrids, and complex, European-style wines to the Valley’s traditional focus on fruit wines and sweet wines.
Since its grand opening in 2014, Clermont Vineyards & Winery has established itself as a staple on the Hudson Valley wine trail.
Vidal Blanc, also known as Vidal 256, is a versatile grape that can be made into a bone-dry, steely wine for fish, a barrel-aged wine reminiscent of a Fumé Blanc, or an ice wine that can rival the best dessert Rhine wines produced in Germany.