ken barrelNatural Selection Farm Winery began planting vines in 2005. Focusing on Northern Hardy Cold Climate varieties, the vineyard has nearly 3 acres of fruit in 2015.

Owner and winemaker, Ken Denberg, makes a full-bodied blend with Marquette, St. Croix, and Geneva Red which is a Vintner’s Reserve. A well-balanced blend with notes of nut, pear, and licorice, it is dry and pairs well with beef, cheese, BBQ and all other grilled dishes or on its own. “This wine is made at the farm and we do not import anything that is not grown here, hence, our wine is grown, vinted and bottled on site. A claim we are proud of and will always adhere to,” says Ken. He also has a dry white, Vidal Blanc, which pairs well with fish, Asian dishes, chicken, vegan, chocolate, sweet breads, pies and assorted desserts. Served cold, it is perfect for warm summer days.

The winery will be open for its fourth year beginning in late April, every day from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Customers can always visit, taste, and purchase at the farm, tour the winery and vineyard. Natural Selection Farm Winery is located in Cambridge, NY, between County Routes 60 and 74, at 85 Darwin Rd. Phone: 518-677-5208.

Look for us at the 11th Annual Tour of the Battenkill, America’s Queen of the Classics, on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19th.  Organizer Anthem Sports announced that The Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association is the official wine sponsor of this great American cycling event – the largest Pro/Am road cycling race in North America.

Member wineries will be set up at the Expo, near the finish line, on the Washington County Fairgrounds in Greenwich, NY. We welcome spectators and racing fans to taste the distinctive wines of our region while you enjoy the excitement of the race and the expo.

Participating Wineries:

Adirondack Winery
Amorici Vineyard
Galway Rock Winery
Halfmoon Cellars
Johnston’s Winery
Ledge Rock Hill Winery
Northern Star Vineyard
Oliva Vineyards
Swedish Hill Winery
Victory View Vineyard

Gerry Barnhart pruning marquette vinesCornell Cooperative Extension and the Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association cooperate to bring a grape-growers workshop to our region on Saturday, April 4, 2014 at 1:00-3:00 pm. Victory View Vineyard at 11975 State Route 40, Schaghticoke, New York, will host the workshop for the professional and amateur grower.

Attendees will learn the basics of pruning grapevines and some important advice to improve crop yields. This workshop will cover the various grapevine training systems available for cold hardy varieties including vertical shoot positioning (VSP), top wire cordon (TWC), and umbrella kniffin (UK). Pros and cons of each of these systems will be discussed. The workshop will include a vine pruning demonstration.

Anna Wallis, CCE Extension Associate-Fruit Specialist, and Gerry Barnhart, Co-owner of Victory View Vineyard and UHVWGA president, will be available to answer questions on growing and pruning northern grapes in our climate.

PRE-Registration for this free workshop is required. Please pre-register online at least two days ahead of the workshop. Or, for more information and if you prefer to register off line, please contact Anna Wallis by email – aew232@cornell.edu  or call 443-421-7970.