The Upper Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association welcomes new members, Galway Rock Wines and Halfmoon Cellars, to the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail!

galway rockGalway Rock Wines is a family-owned farm winery nestled in the foothills of the Adirondacks near Saratoga Springs. The inspiration for Galway Rock came from the French Garagiste movement, in which a group of small-scale winemakers began handcrafting unique styles of wine they called garage wines. In this spirit, Kate and Ryan Taylor have built a small winery out of their garage. It is here that they unleash their collective passion and talents to create truly handcrafted wines.

Kate and Ryan’s attention to detail, coupled with a renegade attitude, translates to the vineyard, as well. As a small farm winery, Galway Rock takes pride in their estate grown grapes and supports other growers located in the Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, and Long Island wine regions. In addition to relying on old world viticultural techniques to grow fruit worthy of fine wine, Galway Rock is also revolutionizing viticulture by employing innovative hydroponic technology in its vineyards. These advances will serve to both increase vineyard holdings as well as open up the North County to grape varietals not yet suited to our climate.

Galway Rock wines can be swirled at the Ballston Spa Farmer’s Market, the Spa City Farmer’s Market, and area retail outlets and restaurants. Galway Rock serves up four wines for its initial vintage – Chardonnay-Riesling, Rock Slide, Merlot, and Falling Rock.

halfmoon bottles_02Halfmoon Cellars vintners, Alison Bauder and John Reyes, take great pride in the wines they produce and are excited to present their wines to the area. They wanted to bring the very best fruit they could find to New York’s Capital Region and create great wines that would stand out. In order to ensure the quality of fruit that goes into their wines they recently traveled to California, the source of their grapes, to test them themselves. They met with the vineyard owner and his family to see how the grapes were grown.

The opening of Halfmoon Cellars is the culmination of many years of wine-making. In July, Alison and John opened their first tasting room in Saratoga Springs so they could introduce their wines to the area. Halfmoon’s wines include a full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, a velvety Merlot, a buttery chardonnay and a refreshing Riesling that pairs well with a slice of good cheese and many other foods. They offer wine tasting as well as cheese and chocolate pairings. The cheeses and chocolate were chosen to complement the unique flavors of each wine. Stop by their tasting room at 24 Caroline Street to sample, and pick up a bottle of their wine.

Check out these new wines when you travel the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail!

The Upper Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association is now accepting Affiliate Members.

Gerry Barnhart, President of the Upper Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association, welcomes Chris Castrio of the Argyle Brewing Company in Greenwich as a Business Alliance Member of the association.Why become a member?
Simple answer: It’s fun and rewarding.
Affiliate members join the Upper Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association because they support their small business neighbors, the local community, and the Association’s mission and goals. Affiliate members are entitled to participate fully in the deliberations of the Association, serve on Association committees, and chair and serve on Association ad hoc committees. Annual dues are purposely kept low to encourage ongoing participation.

The mission of the Upper Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association is to form strategic alliances with related businesses, organizations, and research and educational institutions to their mutual benefit. Members benefit from networking, supporting small local businesses, and participating in social events. Contacts are made and ideas are shared at meetings, wine tastings, and social and professional networking events. Business Alliance Membership allows presence and a link on the Association’s wine trail website. If you want to grow your business, participate in a grape harvest or you just like wine, this is the organization for you!

What are the membership fees?
Regular Membership – $300 annual dues for vineyard and winery owners
Affiliate Membership – $25 dues for individuals, wine enthusiasts, hobbyists
Business Alliance Membership – $50 annual dues for non-winery businesses in the Upper Hudson Valley
Institutional Membership – $50 annual dues for universities, local governments, state and federal agencies, local industry and trade organizations

Who can join?
Affiliate membership is open to any individual or business with an interest in wine, viticulture, wine making, and agritourism in the Upper Hudson Valley. Members must be 21 years of age.

Affiliate Members may be
• individuals supportive of local businesses,
• amateur winemakers, and
• wine enthusiasts.

Business Alliance Members may be owners or representatives of local
• lodging establishments, like bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels,
• restaurants and catering businesses,
• transportation services,
• agricultural businesses,
• farmers’ markets,
• specialty shops,
• breweries and distilleries,
• museums, galleries, theaters, and
• ski areas.

Institutional Members may be
• community colleges, colleges and universities,
• local governments,
• state and federal agencies, and
• industry and trade organizations.

How to become an affiliate member?
It’s easy. Just complete a membership form below and send a check for the annual dues to the

Upper Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association
24 Church Lane
Schaghticoke, NY 12154

We will contact you and the benefits of membership will begin. We look forward to seeing you at our table. Cheers!

[gravityform id=”2″ name=”Affiliate Membership Form” description=”false”]

We don’t know exactly how many glasses of wine were swirled, sniffed and sipped in these well-known wine competitions, but we do know it was in the thousands. That makes these medals even sweeter to local wineries on the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail. Three wineries on our trail enter the fruits of their labor in these competitions. Check out these great results! Read More

The Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association (Association) this week launched its first Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail passport. The growing not-for-profit Association, which sponsors the wine trail, currently has twelve commercial wineries with three more expected to open soon. The member wineries are working collectively and with other local businesses to attract visitors to the region north of Albany, to Washington County, Saratoga County and Lake George, to enjoy our local wines, beers, spirits and foods along with our unique cultural and natural resources. Read More

The Grand Tasting at last weekend’s Taste of Upstate Wine, Food, Music and Art Festival was the successful first festival sponsored by the Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association. If you missed it, look for an even bigger and better encore next year. The fest is on track to becoming a heritage event for our region.

10290648_138216139680669_6997956546282174363_n

The Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail at the Taste of Upstate

One thousand people came out to experience the breadth of wines produced by the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail wineries, as well as other wines, beers and liquor from upstate New York State producers. Many winemakers were on hand to pour wine tastings, answer questions, and sell bottles of wine. Read More