Members of the Upper Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association are pleased to announce the official state designation of the Upper Hudson Wine Trail with the governor’s recent signature on the bill.

ThaUpper Hudson Valley Wine Trailnk you to Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner and Senator Kathleen Marchione and their staff.  Assemblywoman Woerner and Senator Marchione authored the legislation designating a portion of the state highway system as the Upper Hudson Wine Trail. Assemblywoman Woerner said, “Upstate New York has a rich history in the wine industry, and communities in Saratoga and Washington counties are adding to it by establishing successful wineries and vineyards,” Woerner said. “The new trail will highlight our region’s natural resources, boosting tourism, family businesses and the local economy.” Each year New York State’s wine industry generates $408 million in state and local taxes. “A thriving agricultural industry benefits the state’s farm and food industries, hundreds of local communities, and all of New York’s consumers,” Woerner added.

Senator Marchione’s legislation designates portions of the State Highway as the Upper Hudson Wine Trail from its northern point at Lake George, to its southernmost point at Clarksville, and as far west as Fonda, and to the easternmost point at Salem. “The designation will help grow New York’s vital grape, grape juice and wine industries that generate more than $4.8 billion in economic benefits yearly,” Senator Marchione said.

Since 2012 our association members worked with the past and present New York State Legislature, Dept of Ag and Markets and Dept of Transportation to bring this official designation to fruition. In final stages of the legislative process our Association negotiated strongly to ensure the interests of all vineyards and all wineries were represented in the bill. This resulted in substantive changes to the bill that satisfied the pioneering vineyards and wineries in our region.

Kudos especially to our Association’s executive committee – Kate Taylor, current president and owner of Galway Rock Vineyard & Winery, Gerry Barnhart, past president, current acting treasurer and owner of Victory View Vineyard, Sasha Pardy, secretary and owner of Adirondack Winery, and Josh Cupp, vice president and owner of Thirsty Owl Outlet and Wine Garden.

The inclusive bill became law due to the efforts of all members including Amorici Vineyard, Fossil Stone Vineyards, Ledge Rock Hill Winery & Vineyard, The Saratoga Winery, Oliva Vineyards, Swedish Hill Winery, Mariposa Fields Vineyard and Johnston’s Winery, as well as representatives from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, the NYS Farm Bureau and Northern Cross Vineyard. The eventual road signs for the Upper Hudson Wine Trail will include a designated route spanning from Lake George in the North into parts of Washington, Saratoga, Warren, Rensselaer, Albany, Schenectady, Montgomery and Schoharie counties.

The members of the Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association worked for several years educating consumers of our budding wine region and increasing recognition of the local grape and wine industry. We are thrilled that our New York State government has officially recognized the Upper Hudson Wine Trail and look forward to the continued growth and advancement of the wineries and vineyards of our expanding region. Our Association fully supports the bill as signed by Governor Cuomo and we look forward to working together to make the Upper Hudson Wine Trail one of the most vibrant wine regions in the country.

wine garden on wine trailThe Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail presents a Pop Up Wine Garden at Thirsty Owl Outlet Wine Garden & Bistro, 184 S Broadway, Saratoga Springs, on Thursday, August 24th. Five local wineries will pour free wine samples from 6-9 pm. Enjoy unique wines and live music featuring guitarist Kenny Kakaty. Bottles of wine can be purchased for home consumption. No admission fee.

Thirsty Owl is a favorite Saratoga restaurant. Pop on by for food and drinks. Taste the best of our Upper Hudson region!

Participating Wineries:

Adirondack Winery

Galway Rock Vineyard & Winery

The Saratoga Winery

Thirsty Owl Saratoga

Victory View Vineyard

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If you like wine, chances are you like cheese, too. Rather than searching through the same old store for some cheeses to go with that bottle, tour the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail on June 10th and 11th for Wine & Cheese Weekend for both! Our wineries will offer perfectly paired wines and cheeses for you to try at each stop on the trail. You may even find your new favorite pairing! So grab your friends, family and come sample some of the best, local artisanal cheeses and wines our region has to offer.

You’ll have a weekend full of excellent wine flights and cheese samples as you travel the trail to our tasting rooms and farmer’s markets. Plus, you’ll enjoy other special offers throughout the year.

This event is exclusive to UHVWT Passport holders, so if you’re itching to get out and try some fantastic wine and cheese pairings head over to our website to check out our passport deal, now. Passport holders are entitled to more offers and discounts throughout the year, too, like free wine tastings and wine discounts. This is a deal you can’t refuse! So, hit the trail with your passport, enjoy delicious wine and cheese pairings, and reap the benefits all year long!

The season is upon us! Anyone familiar with winemaking knows that this is the time of year where the very first steps are taken to create the wines you love. If you’re a little less familiar with the process we’ve gone through and listed the steps us winemakers take, starting with the pruning of the previous year’s vines and ending with your glass full. Take a look below and see how we do it!

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Gerry Barnhart, winemaker at Victory View Vineyard, enjoys wine. That is why when customers ask why he got into the business, he replies, “I’ve enjoyed drinking wine for a long time.”

After retiring from NYS Department of Environment Conservation as Director of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, Gerry Barnhart wanted to keep busy on his farm in Easton. So, in 2008, with the help of his family, he planted cold-hardy grapevines in an alfalfa field. In 2010 he crafted a small batch of marquette which received local acclaims. So, he planted more vines, crafted more wine and opened a tasting room in August 2013.

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