Doesn’t the crisp autumn air just make you want to experience all of nature’s beauty? For New Yorkers and tourists alike, Hudson Valley wine country is less than two hours from Manhattan and makes for a delightful day trip.
Step into American history at Brotherhood Winery, the nation’s oldest continuously operating winery. Founded in 1839 by French Huguenot émigré Jean Jacques, the winery began by making sacramental wines, allowing production to continue through Prohibition. Using the same cellars dug in 1839, Brotherhood is best known for its ice wine and holiday spice wine.
Growing more than 25 grape varieties, Millbrook Vineyards and Winery is particularly noted for its cabernet franc. offers a shuttle service from the Poughkeepsie train station, making the winery easily accessible from Grand Central via Metro North rail.
Once you leave Millbrook, take the Dutchess Wine Trail to Clinton Vineyards to enjoy one of their many wines based on hybrid grape varieties. Make sure to stop at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, or for you foodies, the Culinary Institute of America is also along the way.
Looking to get your hands or, well, feet dirty? Benmarl Winery hosts two Harvest Grape Stomping Festivals, one in September and one in October. After you try some grape stomping, sample one of their current vintages. Their Apis chardonnay is leaner than many California offerings, and it pairs beautifully with seafood.
So for a reinvigorating escape, head to the Hudson Valley and savor this majestic countryside with a glass of classic American wine.