A visit to our wineries offers hospitable winery tasting rooms where you taste new northern 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 Upper Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association welcomes new members, Galway Rock Wines and Halfmoon Cellars, to the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail!
Galway 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-Reisling, Rock Slide, Merlot, and Falling Rock.
Halfmoon 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!
We don’t know exactly how many glasses of wine were swirled, sniffed and sipped in these well-known wine competitions, but we do know it was in the thousands. That makes these medals even sweeter to local wineries on the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail. Three wineries on our trail enter the fruits of their labor in these competitions. Check out these great results! Read More
The Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association (Association) this week launched its first Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail passport. The growing not-for-profit Association, which sponsors the wine trail, currently has twelve commercial wineries with three more expected to open soon. The member wineries are working collectively and with other local businesses to attract visitors to the region north of Albany, to Washington County, Saratoga County and Lake George, to enjoy our local wines, beers, spirits and foods along with our unique cultural and natural resources. Read More