Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail - Valentine's Day SpecialsThis February, travel the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail for some delicious winter wine and special events. Wineries on our trail are diverse and have exciting specials from time to time. The Valentine’s Weekend, February 14 – 16, 2014 is just one example.

Amorici Vineyard is offering a Valentines Weekend Special. Bring that special someone…husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, mother in for one complimentary wine tasting and savory Sea Salt Caramels. Celebrate with your valentine at Amorici’s farm winery in a cozy tasting room setting. Buy one tasting, get one free. This special offer is valid February 15 and 16th from 11:30am-6:00pm.

Oliva Vineyards has a farmers’ market coupon special, Valentine’s Wine Tasting with Chocolate. Enjoy a special wine tasting with chocolate for two, includes a souvenir logo-etched wine glass. Buy your ticket at the farmers’ market for only $20, a $40 value. Also, throughout February, visit Oliva Vineyards on Wednesdays at the Greenwich Farmers’ Market on 70 Main, Saturdays at the Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market, and the Spa City Farmers’ Market on Sundays and enter the FARMERS’ MARKET CONTEST. All market patrons are invited to enter to win a bottle of wine. One winner will be selected each week. Winners will be contacted on Sunday and may pick up their bottle the following week. Everyone is a winner; all entrants will receive an email with a coupon for a buy one, get-one-free tasting at the winery.

Saratoga Winery is hosting a candlelit dinner with live music by Rich Ortiz on Friday, February 14th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. A special Valentine’s night menu is offered for you and your special someone presented by Eat Good Food! Some specials that night include a Wine & Chocolate Special, a Specialty Cocktail and more. There is no cover charge, and reservations are being accepted for the barrel room. A Sweetheart’s Surf & Turf Food and Wine Pairing will be presented on Saturday, February 15th at 7:00 pm. A romantic dining experience, like no other, will be offered. Four farm-to-table courses, paired with handcrafted wines will be served at $45 per person with reservations required.

Every month some wineries offer special events to satisfy all of our customers’ tastes. Check out the Wineries pages on this website, and visit the wineries’ websites and facebook pages to learn more about a winemaker and winery near you. Or, take a short road trip to visit a winery that you haven’t discovered, yet. Another way to learn about the wineries and wines of our region is to sign up for a winery’s newsletter. Explore New York’s newest wine region.

Not all wineries on the trail are open in the winter months. Please check individual winery websites for hours and days of operation. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Left to right: Andy Weber, Debreen Oliva, Gerry Barnhart, Josh Cupp

Left to right:
Andy Weber, Debreen Oliva, Gerry Barnhart, Josh Cupp

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