Adair's 10-acre vineyard is planted with two white varieties, Seyval Blanc and Vignoles, and two red varieties, Foch and Millot. They currently produce more than 20,000 bottles, made with both estate and locally grown grapes ranging from dry to mildly sweet. Tastings available in a 220-year-old barn. Open May to October. Adairwine.com.
Applewood's “limited edition” wines can only be found on their website or in their tasting room, located on one of Orange County's oldest farms. Since opening in 1993, Applewood has offered wines made from Vinifera grape varieties, and wines and hard ciders made from apples grown in their orchards. Look for their soon-to-be-released new line of hard ciders. Live music every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5pm. Open April to December. Applewoodwinery.com.
The Baldwin's 35-acre family-run vineyard produces 15 different wines ranging from dry to dessert, but they are most known for their internationally acclaimed Strawberry Wine. A Strawberry, Chocolate, and Wine Festival is hosted every weekend in August, Sept. 1-3, and every weekend in October. Open April to December. Baldwinvineyards.com.
Self-proclaimed as America's oldest vineyard, Benmarl uses grapes from all over New York to produce regional styles like Seneca Lake Reisling and Northern Long Island Merlot. Open April to March. Benmarl.com
Brimstone Hill Vineyards
Open year-round, this 13-acre vineyard specializes in French-inspired wines of the Loire Valley, Burgundy, and Champagne. Celebrating 30 years of operation, Brimstone continues to experiment with new varieties of vines to achieve European flavor-profiles. Open year round. Brimstonehillwinery.com.
Brookview Station Winery
Located on a century old family farm, home to Goold Orchards, Brookview offers award-winning wines, including apple and pear varieties, cider, and baked goods. Open year round. Brookviewstationwinery.com.
Established in 1810 by French Huguenot emigre Jean Jacques, Brotherhood, America's oldest continuously operating winery, offers award-winning premium reds and whites, dessert, and specialty wines as well as vintages aged in a late 19th-century underground cellar. Open April to December. Brotherhood-winery.com.
Cascade Mountain Winery
Founded in 1972, Cascade Mountain Winery, located on top of the Berkshire foothills, offers seven table wines and lunch at its wine and tapas bar and art gallery. Open year round. Cascademt.com.
Modeled on small European estates, Clinton Vineyards, established in 1977, makes wine in the classic “méthode champenoise,” a traditional French technique for sparkling wine production. Open May to October. Clintonvineyards.com.
Demarest Hill Vineyard
Founder and winemaker Francesco Ciummo makes Italian-inspired wines and spirits including a wide variety of red, white, and sparkling wines, distilled beverages including classic Italian apertifs, and vinegars made from his own wine. Open year round. Demaresthillwinery.com.
El Paso Winery
First established in 1977 by Felipe Beltra, an old-world Spanish winemaker from Uruguay, El Paso Winery uses traditional sweet wine recipes with a New World twist including dry reds, fragrant Rieslings, and crisp Chardonnays. Peruse the gift shop for homemade salsas, sauces, and wine ephemera. Open April to December. Elpasowinery.com.
Glorie Farm Winery
Housed in a 1913 barn atop Mt. Zion, Glorie Farm Winery was established in 2004 as an extension of the family fruit farm whose products provide flavors for many of their 16 different wines including the Rumple Pumpkin, Peach Winemaster, and Black Currant. Open April to December. Gloriewine.com.
Specializing in handmade small batches, Hudson-Chatham makes over a dozen wines that have received many awards. The DeVito family restored the grounds as well as a 1780s farmhouse. For something different, look for their “Bannerman's Castle Amber Cream,” a cream-sherry named after the Hudson River icon. Open year round. Hudson-chathamwinery.com.
Magnanini Farm Winery and Restaurant
A family-run operation for over 30 years, Magnanini serves a family-style six-course Northern Italian dinner at their winery restaurant with live accordion music every Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon in addition to seven wines made from grapes grown on their 13-acre vineyard. April 8 to December 9. Magwine.com.
Millbrook Vineyard and Winery
Since 1984, winemaker John Graziano has been producing varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Tocai Friulano for one of the Hudson Valley's most critically acclaimed wineries. Individual or group tour and tasting packages are available as well as food and live music at the Vineyard Grille and Cafe. Open year round. Millbrookwine.com.
Oak Summit Vineyard
This small, sustainable vineyard only makes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from vines planted in six acres of soil that requires no artificial maintenance. The Pinot Noir is made entirely from Oak Summit Vineyard grapes. Each year, 30 percent of the crops are pruned for maximum grape intensity and concentration. All tours and tastings are conducted by owners John and Nancy Bruno who also host exclusive wine luncheons and tastings throughout the month. Open year round. Oaksummitvineyard.com.
A working farm for over two centuries, Sweet Clover Farm is now home to Palaia Vineyards and Winery since 2006. The Palaia family's winemaking tradition extends back through three generations. Tastings of their domestic and internationally award-winning varietals and blends take place on the top floor of their 200-year-old renovated barn. Live music every weekend. Open year round. Palaiavineyards.com.
Royal Kedem Winery
Founded in 1848 by the Herzog family, this kosher winery earned its “Royal” title by supplying wine to Franz Josef, emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Eight generations of winemakers bring this once sought-after European product to the Hudson Valley. Wines produced in-house, as well as imported wines from Kedem's parent company, Royal Wine Corp., are available for tasting. Open year round. Kedemwinery.com.
Robibero Family Vineyards
The Robibero Family Vineyards opened on the land previously known as Rivendell Vineyards in New Paltz in 2010. Handcrafted, small-batch wines include their double gold-medal winning 2010 Dry Riesling as well as their limited production reserve wines. Live music every Saturday and Sunday, 2-5pm. June-October. Rnewyorkwine.com.
Stoutridge Vineyards, a vertical winery built into a hillside, practices sustainability to create unprocessed, natural wines. Methods include a gravity-fueled filtering system, underground cellars that make use of geothermal energy, solar generated electricity, and a heating system generated by waste heat from their stills. Open year round. Stoutridge.com.
Tousey Winery, the brainchild of an English family with a bounty of blackberries and a love for Cassis, got its start in 2006. Now, they have four whites, two reds, and a dessert wine to offer along with a tasting room overlooking the Hudson River and the Catskills and a new winemaking facility. Open year round. Touseywinery.com.
Warwick Winery and Distillery
The Warwick Winery & Distillery got its start with hard ciders, eventually making the critically acclaimed Doc's Draft Hard Apple Cider, and is home to the first distillery in the Hudson Valley since prohibition. They have won numerous awards for their fruit cordials and brandies. Live music Saturday and Sunday, 2-5pm. Open year round. Wvwinery.com.
Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery
One of the largest vineyards in the Hudson Valley (70 acres), Michael and Yancey Migliore built Whitecliff from the ground up over 30 years ago after falling in love with the Shawangunk Mountains. Since then, their 2009 Riesling won double gold and best in show at the 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition. Today, they are on the cutting edge of new grape varieties and eco-friendly building techniques through work with Cornell Cooperative Extension. Open June-October. Whitecliffwine.com.
Hudson Valley Wines Available Only for Distribution:
Allison Wines and Vines
In an effort to focus on the craft of fine wine making, Alison Wines has closed their tasting rooms. Current vintages, including their award-winning Fraise, made from fresh Hudson Valley strawberries grown near the winery, are available at local retailers and may also be ordered through their website. Alisonwines.com.
Handcrafted from grapes sourced from New York and California, Cereghino Smith's artisanal wines are characterized by the complementary relationship between West and East coast fruit.
Tastings available at Pine Bush and Ellenville farmers' markets and at local retailers. Cereghinosmith.com.
Happy Bitch Wines
Debbie Gioquindo, Hudson Valley wine blogger, recently launched a line of Hudson Valley sourced wines including Happy Bitch Rose, a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Distributed in Rockland, Putnam, Orange, and Dutchess Counties. Happybitchwines.com.
Self-proclaimed as the first makers of chocolate wine, Pazdar is one of the most creative wineries in the Hudson Valley. Their flavored wines are as unusual and exotic as names like “Blueberry Banana Splat,” “Chocolate Mint Dreams,” and “Naughty Virginia” suggest. Tastings available at local farmers' markets and festivals. Pazdarwinery.com