A visit to our wineries offers hospitable winery tasting rooms where you taste new cold-climate grape varietals and old-world classics and often meet the owners. From “Grandma Moses country” in Washington County to “horse racing country” in Saratoga County & the “Queen of American Lakes” in Warren County, we’re less than a half-day drive from New York City, Boston, and Montreal and only a short drive from Albany and Glens Falls, NY and western VT! From the beauty of the Adirondacks to the excitement of the Capital Region, we’re rich in historical and cultural attractions.
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!
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.
Since National Mulled Wine Day is coming up on March 3rd, we want to share a little bit of our knowledge of mulled wine with you, our favorites, and how you can make your own! If you’re someone that loves a little heat and spice with your wine then this is exactly what you’re looking for.
What is mulled wine? Mulled wine is wine that has been heated and spiced and usually made with spices, fruits, and occasionally honey. Some of the more popular mixes will combine cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus, vanilla, and more!