Dutchess Wine Trail
Discover how easy it is to spend the day enjoying the Hudson Valley picturesque countryside while touring the wineries and sampling the fabulous wines. The Dutchess Wine Trail links Clinton Vineyards with nearby Millbrook Vineyards and Winery both less than 30 minutes away from Bykenhulle. For directions and a map, click here.
Wineries and Vineyards
Less than 30 minute drive from Bykenhulle
Clinton Vineyards, Clinton Corners 22 mins north
Open: Year-round; Thurs.-Sun.
Established in 1977, Clinton Vineyards specializes in award-winning fruit wines, French-style whites, and sparkling wines made in the authentic méthode champenoise. Since founder (and Hudson Valley wine pioneer) Ben Feder’s death in 2009, his wife, Phyllis, has been running the 100-acre operation. “We support the local agriculture by purchasing local fruits for our fruit wines, and we grow all of our own grapes,” she says. Self-guided tours, tastings, gift shop, corporate and private events, including weddings.
Oak Summit Vineyard, Millbrook 22 mins north
Open: Tastings and tours by appointment
Owners John and Nancy Bruno started this boutique-style winery in 1988 after they sold the family’s Pen & Pencil restaurant in New York City. They make Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 100 percent estate-grown grapes, and have begun selling Cabernet Franc grapes to other wineries. All wines retail for $35 a bottle.
DON’T MISS: Monthly five-course lunches ($150), or port wine tastings ($175).
Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Millbrook 26 mins north
Open: Year-round, daily
Considered one of the best wineries in the state, Millbrook Winery has been operated by owner John S. Dyson and wine-maker John Graziano for more than 25 years. Daily tours showcase the entire process from grape vines to bottling lines, concluding with a tasting. Gift shop, corporate and private events, including weddings, outdoor grill and café open weekends, one-mile walking trail through the vineyard.
DON’T MISS: Reserve tasting, June-Nov. with guided tour, wine tasting, samples of olive oil and biscuits, $20.
40 minute drive from Bykenhulle
Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville 40 mins southeast
Open: Year-round; daily (tours and tastings daily Apr.-Dec.)
Established in 1839 by French Huguenot émigré Jean Jacques, Brotherhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as America’s oldest continually operating winery. Its numerous award-winning wines are stored in the largest underground cellars in the U.S. Last year, the Grand Monarque Hall, a 19th-century stone building with soaring ceilings, reopened after being destroyed by a fire 12 years earlier. The hall is open for both private and corporate events, including weddings. Tours, tastings, gift shop, picnic area, restaurant/café/bar open Wed.-Sun.
DON’T MISS: The Hawaiian Luau (July 28) and the Wine and Sangria Pig Roast Festival (Aug. 25).
Magnanini Winery and Restaurant, Wallkill 40 mins northeast
Open: Apr.–Dec., Sat.-Sun.
This small, third-generation family winery produces 6,000 gallons of wine each year, with a focus on French hybrids. They also make several grappas (grape-based brandies), including one made from local honey. All wines retail for $9 a bottle at the winery. The main attraction is a reservations-only, six-course meal and wine tasting at the Northern Italian restaurant. Visitors are invited to stroll the grounds and picnic. Tastings, corporate and private events, including weddings.
DON’T MISS: Oktoberfest (Oct. 14). 845-895-2767; www.magwine.com