upper hudson valley wine trail passportLooking for a unique holiday gift? The Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail Passport makes a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift. Need a gift for a holiday grab bag, an office party or for out-of-town guests? 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.

The passport is good for one year from the date of purchase. Recipients have the option to enjoy your gift throughout the year, or make an event of it this holiday season and spend a day, a weekend, or many weekends exploring Upstate New York’s wineries, shops and local attractions.

The Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail Passport is incredibly affordable at just $30, but includes more than $400 in exclusive deals and offers.  It’s the perfect holiday gift for the back-road traveler, the adventurer, the wine lover on your holiday shopping list!

joe at bar_3Amorici Vineyard operates in an environmentally conscious manner. Joe Messina, owner and winemaker of Amorici Vineyard at 637 Colonel Burch Road in Valley Falls, NY, reports an outstanding 2014 harvest. “We’re proud of our sustainable methods and record crop yield of high quality fruit, especially in the same year that many New York growers in other regions suffered severe crop loss due to last winter’s long cold spell.” In addition to planting hybrid grapes, Joe attributes his bumper crop to his ‘weed quacker’ staff. He uses ducks and chickens to control insects and to deposit fertilizers, and he urges other growers to test this method.

Joe encourages consumers to recycle wine bottles. He wants wine drinkers to make a difference, one bottle at a time, by talking to their local wine merchants and asking them to take back empty bottles to be recycled.

Winemaker, Joe MessinaAmorici Vineyard is happy to be part of the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail’s Wine and Trees event. “The ornament give-away is a nice way to say thank you to loyal, local wine and Christmas tree shoppers,” says Joe. “I appreciate people taking the time to visit us small, local, out-of-the-way businesses rather than going to some jam packed mall, and I applaud the commitment to the locavore community.”

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.