At the last meeting for 2013 the Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association held elections. New to the executive committee is Debreen Oliva, co-owner of Oliva Vineyards in Fort Edward, NY. Debreen will take over as Secretary from Andrew Weber. Andrew Weber, co-owner and winemaker of Northern Star Vineyard in Easton, was elected Treasurer. New to the association last year, and now Vice President, is Josh Cupp co-owner of Thirsty Owl Outlet and Wine Garden of Saratoga Springs. Gerry Barnhart, co-owner and winemaker of Victory View Vineyard in North Easton, was reelected President of the growing association.
September is the month that local vineyards of the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail harvest their grape crops. Grapes go right from the vineyard into the crusher for processing. Harvest days are generally festive events for the local wineries. Friends and family members volunteer to pick grapes in the vineyards in the morning and a celebratory harvest meal follows when the day’s harvest is complete.
In Washington County, Victory View Vineyard, Natural Selection Farm Winery, Amorici Vineyard and Oliva Vineyards begin harvesting their northern, hardy grapes this month. Read More