Wine & Trees Logo finalWe’ve all heard of wine and cheese pairings. Now, the Upper Hudson Valley Wineries and the Upper Hudson Valley Tree Farms join to celebrate the best of New York State agriculture and bring you a new pairing – Wine and Trees!

Looking for something fun to do when relatives are visiting this holiday season? Take a tour of local wineries on the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail and share our bounty of locally-made wines and nearby, locally-grown Christmas trees and wreaths.

Celebrate the holidays with a visit to a local winery and tree farm to receive a free wooden ornament when you make a purchase. These limited-edition ornaments make a nice stocking stuffer and unique gift, especially when paired with your favorite wine!

Get ready for the holidays and celebrate with our festive, local businesses beginning on November 29, 2014 and continuing while supplies last.  Days and times of operation vary – for more details and locations, please visit New York Wine and Trees.

Twenty To One wineSwedish Hill Winery originated in the Finger Lakes, but in more recent years expanded by opening satellite stores with tasting rooms in Lake Placid and Saratoga Springs. Their cozy tasting room in the heart of Saratoga Springs at 379 Broadway offers approximately 20 different wines for tasting. Swedish Hill is one of New York’s most award-winning wineries, having won three Governor’s Cups for the top wine in New York State, as well as ‘Winery of the Year’ honors in several New York and California based wine competitions.

Swedish Hill tasting roomSwedish Hill Winery crafts highly acclaimed varietals including Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Cabernet Franc, to name a few. They also offer several sparkling wines, Port, and fun and fruity drier and sweeter blends including their dry Saratoga-themed Twenty to One and a sweeter Doobie Blues (named after their pet miniature donkey).

In addition to great wine, Swedish Hill Saratoga also features a number of ‘Made in NY’ gourmet food products and a nice selection of wine related gift items. Lindsey Lehr, tasting room manager, welcomes you to stop by their tasting room for a tasting and a treat today!

wine trail passportLooking for a unique gift? Why not surprise your adventuresome friends and relatives with a reason to explore the Upper Hudson Valley region in every season. The Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail Passport provides free wine tastings at 12 diverse wineries along the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail and entitles the holder to various discounts and exclusive offers from area wineries, restaurants, specialty shops, and more. Read More

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!

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