Whitecliff Vineyards

Established 1998
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Tasting Fee
Various flights: $10–$16, with souvenir glass; gold tasting: $35 for seated tasting of 8 wines, winery visit, cheese plate, souvenir glass; $30 for groups of 4 or more
TOURS
By appointment for groups of 10 or more; and every sunday in October
Production
Medium (5,000–10,000 cases)
Owners
Michael Migliore and Yancey Stanforth-Migliore
Winemaker
Brad Martz and Michael Migliore

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. Their 30+ years of experimenting in both the vineyard and the wine cellar have shaped a winery with deep roots in the region’s traditions, producing wines that offer variety, depth, and serious fun.

After almost 20 years of running a tasting room that features close to 40 different wines – all fermented, blended, and bottled at Whitecliff, many from their own estate-grown grapes –Whitecliff has learned that taste is thoroughly personal, and that the quality of their hospitality is almost as important to your experience as the quality of their wine. Over the years, Whitecliff has brought many new wines into production to satisfy the broad-ranging tastes of their visitors, and they love to hear people exclaim, “Wow, I like them all!” They are especially proud of their lively, intelligent staff, well-trained in wine, but friendly and welcoming by nature. All of this has led to Whitecliff being hailed by the local press recently as the “Best Winery in the Hudson Valley”.

Savor This

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Whitecliff is pouring its first-ever Syrah! In the spirit of experimentation and exploration, Whitecliff is delighted to have the opportunity to work with this well-known Rhône varietal that grows well in cooler climates. The result is a dark, full-bodied wine with a punch of pepper on the finish.

The truest measure of wine quality at Whitecliff is the fact that they were able to bring a truly prestigious award home to the Hudson Valley from the San Francisco International Wine Competition, where their Riesling won “Best White Wine in Show”. That means they beat 1,290 wines from 27 countries and 28 states, in a blind judging by 45 respected judges. This was a victory not only for Whitecliff, but for the whole region, as it closes the discussion as to whether the Hudson Valley’s local wines can compete on the world stage!

Regional, authentic, and artisanal, Whitecliff reflects everything that is unique about the beautiful Hudson Valley.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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20th Year!

In 1998, Whitecliff got their winery license and produced their first vintage. On July 4th, 1999, they opened their tasting room doors. They’ve invested two decades of hard work and a passion for wine and farming. The result is a family-run winery that’s significant in scale, and artisanal in approach.

Time is an ingredient in wine, both in aging individual wines in barrel and bottle, but also in developing a vineyard with deep roots and a wine making style that is informed by experience and experiment.

Come for a visit to Whitecliff to see what 20 years looks like—and what it tastes like!

Currently on tap in the tasting room is Smashed Cherry Mead, made with tart New York State cherries and clover honey. It is semi-dry with the honey taste up front and a slightly tart cherry bite in the finish. It will soon be available at bars and restaurants in the Hudson Valley.

DIRECTIONS

Hours

JAN

Sat–Sun 11–5

NOV-DEC & FEB-MAY

Daily 11:30-5:3
Sat 11–6

JUN–OCT

Daily 11:30–5:30
Sat 11-6

CLOSED

New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

Staff Picks

WHITE
  • Awosting White
  • Estate Reserve
  • Chardonnay 2016
  • Riesling 2016
  • Estate Traminette 2016
  • Vidal Blanc 2017
ROSÉ
  • Island Rosé 2016
  • Estate Barrel Rosé 2016
SPARKLING
  • Estate North River Blanc De Blanc
DESSERT
  • Estate Bourbon Barrel Blonde 2016
RED
  • Estate Cabernet Franc 2016
  • Estate Reserve Gamay Noir 2016
  • Estate Pinot Noir 2016
  • Merlot Malbec 2014
  • Sky Island 2015
  • Syrah 2016
  • Two Cabs 2014