What Do Bordeaux, France, Napa Valley, CA and the Hudson Valley Have In Common?

Bordeaux, France, Napa Valley, CA and the Hudson Valley share the same latitude and are home to the world’s finest grape growing regions, distilleries and wineries.

Did you know that some of the country’s oldest vineyards are found in the Hudson Valley? The French Hugenots planted the first vines in New Paltz in 1677, 100 years before any vines were planted in what is now California. The Hudson Valley has the unique combination of soil, climate and sun that together makes for ideal grape growing conditions.

With Hudson Valley wineries and distilleries receiving national and international acclaim, more and more people are discovering how much fun it is to spend the day on the Hudson Valley Wine Trail or visiting one of the 42 wineries along banks of the Hudson growing 1,000 tons of grapes annually.  Watch out Napa Valley!

Experience the wonderful diversity of wine by spending a weekend in Dutchess County.  Finding your way between the Hudson Valley Wineries is easy due to the many signs, which mark the wine trail. The Hudson Valley Wine trail makes it easy to spend a day enjoying the picturesque countryside, picnicking or dining, and of course, touring the wineries and sampling the fabulous wines.

Here are a few examples:

Millbrook Vineyard & Winery, Millbrook, NY  

Called “the Hudson Valley’s flagship winery” by The New York Times and “a great place to visit” by The Wall Street Journal, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery is conveniently located in the magnificent Hudson River Valley just 1.5 hours from both New York City and Albany. It is glorious to visit any time of year.

Enjoy a five-star wine experience with an educational tour and tastings of award-winning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Tocai Friulano and Riesling. Millbrook Winery has been voted “Best Winery” in the Hudson Valley for the last 20 consecutive years. A great place to visit any time of year, for a wine tasting experience you will never forget.

Hudson Valley Distillers  

Founded by the Yozzo and Moyer families in 2014, the 14 acre farm and distillery is located in Clermont, NY, in the heart of the Hudson Valley. As a family run business, veteran owned and operated this is more than just a distillery, it is a destination.  Visit us and enjoy a cocktail and a tasting in their Cocktail Grove or take a tour and learn how they make their award winning spirits. 

The Hudson Valley was once the nation’s bread basket, and we are proud to carry on the tradition of making spirits from fruits and grains sourced within walking distance of our distillery.

Benmarl Winery, Marlboro, NY   

Benmarl Winery is a 37 acre estate overlooking the historic Hudson River Valley, acre estate lays claim to the oldest vineyard in America and holds the  New York Farm Winery license no.1!

“Here at Benmarl we are committed to producing small batch wines that capture the unique character of each vineyard from which they are sourced. Our estate production had almost tripled in the past six years showing our faith in the wines that the Hudson River Region can produce. We invite you to visit our 37 acre estate overlooking the historic Hudson River Valley where you can taste our award winning wines, tour our cellars, and walk through the Oldest Vineyard America.” – Victor Spaccarelli Jr., Proprietor


As you dream and begin to plan your trip, consider booking a weekend stay at the historic Bykenhulle House centrally located with access all of what the Hudson Valley Wine Trail has to offer.  

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Hudson Valley Wine Country

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