The Shawangunk Wine Trail
We’re huge fans of this great big city we live in but sometimes, it’s necessary to escape. So where do you go when you need to breathe some fresh air and listen to the quiet sounds of nature without going out of the state of New York? The Shawangunk Wine Trail, of course!
Located in Ulster and Orange counties, between the Shawangunk mountains and the Hudson River, is the gorgeous, eighty-mile-long Shawangunk Wine Trail. There are 15 wineries along the trail including Brotherhood, America’s oldest winery. Each vineyard and winery has its own unique style and ambiance, and if you are interested in more than wine, check out Demarest Hill Winery and Distillery for some tasty cider and Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery for their fabulous gin.
If you’re looking for a winery to please everyone, check out Whitecliff Vineyards, one of the region’s largest vineyards. They’ve got a great tasting room with fun options to sample many of their delicious wines, plus they’re super dog-friendly and who doesn’t love hanging out with dogs while sipping wine?
Stoutridge offers unique winemaking methods and facilities that they will tour you through so be prepared to learn! They focus on natural wines unlike other wineries in the area so take advantage of your time on the trail and check out what they’re making.
If you’re looking for something traditional of the Old World, Brimstone Hill is your place. They focus on the French style of winemaking and grow many of the classic French grapes like Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc, and Cabernet Franc. Make sure you ask to taste their award-winning Cayuga White.
Along the way, you can hang out at some local farms or check out some live music in the great bars in the area. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can even hire yourself a limo to escort you to each of your chosen vineyards for the day. And, of course, there are plenty of adorable bed and breakfasts to stay in, so you can enjoy an entire weekend escape.