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No need to travel to Napa, California for a day of sipping wine and touring vineyards. A couple hour drive outside of New York City, and you’ll find yourself in the “wine country” of New York, better known as the Hudson River Valley region. This area boosts farms, trailheads and plenty of wineries worth exploring.
Benmarl Winery – 1.5 hours from New York City
This beautiful winery is located in Marlboro and claims to be the oldest vineyard in America! With thirty seven acres of land overlooking the historic Hudson River Valley, there are gorgeous panoramic views of New York’s mountains and valleys from everywhere you look. Benmarl Winery hand crafts their wines and aims to “capture the essence of where they are sourced”, making their wines a sentiment to the Hudson Valley region.
The winery is open every day for tastings from April through December, or Friday-Sunday from January to March. Tastings are $8 per person and includes six wines. If you wish to keep the glass as a souvenir, it’s only $2 extra.
Benmarl Winery won’t leave you hungry either. With a wood-fired pizza oven, they serve up incredible margarita pizzas, burgers and other grilled delights. Complete with a Bed & Breakfast on-site, treat yourself to a relaxing getaway and “wine down” at Benmarl.
Milllbrook Winery – 2 hours from New York City
This vineyard and winery was named “the Hudson Valley’s flagship winery” by The New York Times, and for good reason. This winery is conveniently located in Millbrook and is a gorgeous place to visit any time of year for a tour and wine tasting.
Millbrook Vineyards & Winery has been producing high-quality New York wines since 1982! Their thirty five acres of vines include plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Riesling and an Italian grape varietal called Tocai Friulano.
You can get an educational tour of the winery and a tasting of six seasonal wines (including biscuits and a souvenir wine glass) for $11.50 per person. After the 45-minute tour and tasting in the barn loft, buy a bottle of wine downstairs and have a picnic outside, overlooking the vineyards and pond. This vineyard is open seven days a week, year round, and is dog-friendly!
Palaia Winery – 1.5 hours from New York City
Palaia Winery (pronounced “Pa-Lie-Ahh”) is a family owned and operated winery located at Sweet Clover Farm. Rich in tradition and family history, the Palaia family believes in preserving the history of their family, country, town and homestead through their wine.
Located in Highland Mills and once a dairy farm, Sweet Clover Farm is now home to over ten acres of vineyards. Many of the Palaia wines have been recognized and received medals in both domestic and international competitions.
Palaia Winery also offers New York State Beer on tap in the tasting room, and live music every weekend. Tastings are offered every day until 6:00pm, and only $5 for six sips! They also have a “Wine Shack” on site that offers food, beer, wine, cider, and more.
Whether you’re looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of New York City for a few days, or a few hours, there is plenty of fun to have in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Take a break from the city life, cruise upstate this summer, and enjoy a relaxing day of sips and bites in the beautiful woodlands of New York.