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The Best Wineries to Visit in the Hudson Valley This Fall

Wine tasting isn’t just for California. Take a tour of the Hudson Valley’s magnificent selection of wineries and lose yourself in picturesque scenery, crisp fall weather, and a huge range of magnificent wines to suit every taste.

Here’s our pick of the 6 best:

Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville

Boasting the distinguished accolade of “oldest continuously operating winery in the US”, any tasting tour of the Hudson Valley simply must include Brotherhood Winery. In operation since 1839, the winery offers all the historic charm you’d expect along with a range of fun events all year round. Throughout October, celebrate the grape harvest at one of the winery’s famous Grape Stomping events every Saturday and Sunday, culminating in a “Brewtoberfest” event on October 20, complete with live music, German-themed food, and a selection of Brotherhood’s wines and hard ciders.

Palaia Winery, Highland Mills

Staying in Orange County, just a quick 15-minute drive will take you to Palaia Winery and Meadery, where you’ll find a super-chilled vibe with live music year-round and a selection of 8 delectable wines that pair perfectly with the food served at Palaia’s specialty weekend café. As well as wines, you’ll find a range of meads and cocktails on the tasting room menu in case you feel like mixing it up!

Clearview Vineyard, Warwick

This picturesque spot provides the perfect opportunity to sit back and relax on the porch or in the cozy tasting room and sample Clearview’s selection of award-winning wines. Enjoy live music each weekend, tours of the winery, and even wine pairing appetizers on Saturdays and Sundays. Clearview was even recently named one of the Top 25 Vineyards in the US by Travel+Leisure Magazine!

Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery, Gardiner

Whitecliff has been in operation for over 30 years, specializing in artisanal, vegan wines and the vineyard is home to over 20 different grape varieties. Take a tour to discover more about this unique operation, which is the first geo-thermal winery in the whole of the Hudson Valley. The wines themselves aren’t to be sniffed at, having won multiple awards including Best White in Show at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. While the weather is still kind, take a glass outside to the deck and enjoy the beautiful views across the Shawangunk Mountains.

Glorie Farm Winery, Malboro

This self-styled “boutique” winery has been in operation since 2004, offering a variety of red, white, and fruit wines to sample in the stunning tasting room. Offering picturesque views right across the Hudson Valley, you can sit outside on the lawn in the warmer months then cozy up in the tasting room when the weather turns cooler. The winery is renowned for its Cabernet Franc, or you can enjoy one of the fall specialties on offer such as the pumpkin spice-infused white wine, Rumple Pumpkin, or Mutiny hard apple cider.

Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, Millbrook

The New York Times has dubbed Millbrook “the Hudson Valley’s flagship winery”, and it’s not difficult to see why. The winery has recently been nominated for Wine Enthusiast’s American Winery of the Year award, the first and only winery in the Hudson Valley to be selected for such an accolade. They produce approximately 15,000 cases of wine annually on the 130-acre estate, and tours and tastings are offered year-round, along with in-depth Reserve tastings of a selection of premium wines from May through December.

Wherever your taste buds take you, Majestic Transportation Services will get you there in style. Whether you’re tasting in a group or on a romantic tour for two, you’ll roll up to every winery in VIP style, without the hassle of choosing a designated driver or navigating your way around the winding roads of the Valley. We’ll even help plan your own custom itinerary, so you’ll get the perfect trip.

Posted on Oct 28th 2019

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