Summer and fall are the best seasons to enjoy the abundant harvests of the local orchards and vineyards. Many offer wine tours and special events to celebrate their recent achievements.
Here are the best orchards and wineries to visit in the Hudson Valley.
2241 Albany Post Road; Walden, New York 12586
With a 60-acre orchard in Walden, New York and hard ciders known around the world, the Angry Orchard tour is at the top of our list. With a tree house tasting and orchard walk tour you won’t want to miss, there are dates and times to fit your schedule. For more information about prices and booking, visit Angry Orchard.
Bad Seed Hard Cider
43 Baileys Gap Road; Highlands, New York 12528
Created by sixth generation apple farmers in the Hudson Valley, Bad Seed Hard Cider prides itself in advancing the crafting industry. They create unique small batch ciders including Flagship Dry Hard Cider, Raspberry Reserve Cider and other Seasonal Small Batch Ciders. The Highland Cidery and Taproom is open to the public and offers a flight to try their ciders.
To taste what they are all about, check out the Bad Seed Fall Back Festival in November. You can purchase tickets through Eventbrite.
Whitecliff Vineyards and Winery
331 Mckinstry Road; Gardiner, New York 12525, and
4150 State Route 23; Hudson, New York 12534
Voted 2021 Hudson Valley Magazine’s Best of the Hudson Valley Winner, Whitecliff Vineyards and Winery is an artisanal family run winery with tasting rooms in Gardiner and Hudson.
To make reservations for a wine tasting in Gardiner, visit Whitecliff Vineyards and Winery.
For a modern feel while in the country setting, you can enjoy flights of wines on ten-acres of vines and fruit trees in Hudson, with a beautiful setting above the Hudson River. To make a reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
176 Hardenburgh Road; Pine Bush, New York 12566
With forty years of growing, Baldwin Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery since 1982. They offer live music every Saturday and Sunday through the month of August and have an indoor loft space to celebrate a private event or special occasion.
Their end of summer opportunities include a Strawberry, Chocolate Wine Pairing on August 13th or 14th, a Wine and Pizza Luncheon on August 21st, and a Summer’s End Party on August 27th. Any of these events can be booked online at Baldwin Vineyards.
When you’re looking for a great road trip, these orchards and wineries are a great escape and for all Lewiston homes, contact Matthew Kennedy!