A visit to our wineries offers hospitable winery tasting rooms where you taste new cold-climate grape varietals and old-world classics and often meet the owners. From “Grandma Moses country” in Washington County to “horse racing country” in Saratoga County & the “Queen of American Lakes” in Warren County, we’re less than a half-day drive from New York City, Boston, and Montreal and only a short drive from Albany and Glens Falls, NY and western VT! From the beauty of the Adirondacks to the excitement of the Capital Region, we’re rich in historical and cultural attractions.
Tony and Debreen Oliva, owners of Oliva Winery, are part of the Upper Hudson wine trail family, and have been since 2012. Debreen Oliva is past secretary for the winemaker and grape grower association – the Upper Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association. We interview them here to announce their exciting news for Oliva Winery – they’ve added a new tasting room and a brewery in Saratoga Springs.
TONY OLIVA: We began making wine in 2012, sharing the task of selling wine and running the winery with my wife, Debreen. With wine selling well and many regular customers, beer naturally followed. Joined by our son, Anthony, Racing City Brewing Co. was formed.
UHV: Why did you choose Saratoga Springs for your new tasting room?
DEBREEN: There’s no place like Saratoga Springs. We first came to Saratoga Springs as tourists close to 25 years ago. A single Travers Festival weekend at Saratoga Racecourse grew to a week, then a month, then a second home within walking distance of the track, and finally a permanent home for my husband and me. Saratoga was initially our “Summer Place to Be’; now as a 12-year resident, we have discovered many new favorite spots in town. So it was natural for us to open Oliva Winery and Racing City Brewing Co. in Saratoga Springs.
DEBREEN: Wine is made on location and fermented in 250-gallon stainless steel tanks. Wine lovers can partake in a wine tasting or sip a glass of wine. Beer is brewed on site as well and served by the glass or as a tasting flight. We also offer a nice variety of guest taps, including a hard cider, and we serve New York State distilled products made into coctails. We are also working on our kitchen and plan to have a light menu very soon that will expand to a full kitchen in the future.
ANTHONY OLIVA: Oliva Winery and Racing City Brewing Co. will be a fun place to hang out with friends. The communal tables Tony built with wood from a local mill will enable customers to interact with friends old and new. The winery and brewery will embody everything that makes Saratoga such a special town, a day at the races, a night out on Broadway, a classical performance or rock concert at SPAC, a walk through Congress Park with a ride on the carousel, and, now, a glass of wine from Oliva Winery and a beer from Racing City Brewing Co.
UHV: Tell us a little more about your new venture into brewing beer.
TONY: The beers we brew reflect our mission. Racing City Brewing Co. may be new to Saratoga Springs nightlife, but we’re not trying to fix what’s broken. And that’s how we feel about our beers. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We’re in a classic town like Saratoga, and we’ll be brewing classic styles of beer with a modern take to ensure not only a unique experience, but there’s something for everyone. Just like this town.
UHV: Oliva Winery and Racing City Brewery is located at 250 Excelsior Avenue in Saratoga Springs, NY. Congratulations! We wish you good luck and great success!
OLIVAS: Thank you. Cheers!
What better way to spend a spring day than touring the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail? Hoppy Trails Brew Bus, Premiere Transportation, and Cask & Kegs Tours drive wine lovers from winery to winery in style.
Hoppy Trails Brew Bus boasts a safe and educational experience. Explore local wineries while learning about what makes each special. Choose from preset tours or customize your own. Tours with Hoppy Trails include free samples, behind-the-scenes looks and an opportunity to meet the makers producing one-of-a-kind beverages.
Premiere Transportation‘s extensive fleet serves a variety of transportation needs from bachelor and bachelorette parties, an upscale limo cruise, a casual tour, or a night out on the town. Who wouldn’t love to spend one of these occasions being professionally chauffeured around the trail to sample wine and purchase your favorite bottles?
Casks and Kegs Tours offers an intimate ride through twists and turns, over hills and dales, as your group explores the many diverse vineyards and wineries on NYS’s Upper Hudson Wine Trail. Find the hidden gems of vineyards and wineries in the beautiful farmland and foothills of the Upper Hudson region and beyond.
As the craft beverage industry grows in upstate New York, it has never been easier to explore and plan a tour in the our region – New York State’s newest designated wine trail – the Upper Hudson Wine Trail.
Wine & Chocolate Festival comes to Saratoga. Head to the Saratoga City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY to sample and purchase wine from some of our local wineries on Saturday, April 21st, 1-8 pm. Chocolate makers and artisan food vendors will also participate.
Sample delicious wines from the Upper Hudson Region – Adirondack Winery, Galway Rock Vineyard and Winery, Ledge Rock Hill Winery and the Saratoga Winery. All wine samples and souvenir wine glasses are included in the ticket price.
For tickets and more information> Wine & Chocolate Festival website.