If you love wine & cheese, then we’ve got the perfect event for you. This May 14th and 15th, the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail is hosting its 3rd Annual Wine & Cheese Weekend!

Grab your friends and family to travel the trail and experience some of the best locally made wines and cheeses our region has to offer! At this two-day event, you’ll have the opportunity to visit 9 of our Wine Trail Member wineries at their Tasting Rooms and Farmer’s Market spots to enjoy a Wine & Cheese Pairing Flight specially crafted by each winery.

Looking for the perfect gift for Mom on Mother’s Day? A Pair of Tickets to our Wine & Cheese Weekend could be an unexpected and enjoyable gift!

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The Wineries of the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail make hundreds of amazing wines and this fact is supported by the many medals our wineries take home from Wine Competitions year after year.

So far this year, our Wineries have earned medals for their wines at competitions including the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, Critics Challenge International Wine Competition, International Eastern Wine Competition, Florida State Fair International Wine Competition & More.

Following are the Highlights of our Wineries’ Medal Wins at competitions so far in 2016…

Our Wineries make so many Award Winning Wines… Here’s just some of their recent Medal Wins


2016 CRITICS CHALLENGE INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

Critics-Challenge-White-LogoOver 1,300 Wines from 13 Countries were entered into this competition! Here’s the Highlights from our Wine Trail Wineries:

PLATINUM MEDALS:
Adirondack Winery Meritage 2013V

GOLD MEDALS:
Swedish Hill Wines:

Late Harvest Vignoles 2014V
Blue Waters Riesling 2015V
Riesling 2014V


2016 FINGER LAKES INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

FLIWC-MedalsOver 3,800 Wines from 916 Wineries were entered into this competition and several of our Wine Trail wineries came home with medals! Here’s some of the highlights:

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALS:
Thirsty Owl Diamond 2014V
Swedish Hill Semi Sweet Riesling 2014 V
Victory View Marachel Foch 2014V

GOLD MEDALS:
Swedish Hill Riesling Cuvee NV

SILVER MEDALS:
Adirondack Winery Dry Riesling 2014V

Amorici Vineyard Wines:
Marquette 2014V
Chardonnay 2014V

Thirsty Owl Wines:
Semi Sweet Riesling 2014V
Cab Sauv Ice Wine 2015V
Vidal Blanc 2014V
Dry Riesling 2014V
Dry Riesling Lahoma 2014V
Pinot Noir Rose 2015V
Syrah 2012V

Swedish Hill Wines:
Blue Waters Riesling 2015V
Optimus  2012V
Blanc de Blanc  NV
Vidal Blanc  2014V
Vignoles Late Harvest 2014V
Naturel  NV
Cabernet Franc 2012V
Blue Waters Dry Rose 2014V

Victory View Wines:
Fieldstone 2014V
Revolution 2014V


2016 INTERNATIONAL EASTERN WINE COMPETITION

BEST OF CLASS / DOUBLE GOLD
Thirsty Owl
Chardonnay 2014V
Swedish Hill Blue Waters Pinot Noir 2013V

GOLD MEDALS:

Swedish Hill Wines:
Riesling 2014V
Blanc de Blanc NV

Thirsty Owl Wines:
Diamond 2014V
Riesling 2014V
Dry Riesling 2014V
Pinot Gris 2014V

SILVER MEDALS:
Adirondack Winery Meritage 2013V

Swedish Hill Wines:
Riesling Cuvee NV
Blue Waters Chardonnay 2012V
Cabernet Franc 2013V
Reserve Chardonnay 2013V
Riesling Single Vineyard Humphreys

Thirsty Owl Wines:
Cab Sauv Ice Wine 2013V
Syrah 2012V
Dry Riesling Lahoma 2014V
Pinot Noir 2014V
Gewurztraminer 2014V


FLORIDA STATE FAIR INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALS:

Swedish Hill Natural NV

 

GOLD MEDALS:

Swedish Hill:

NV Riesling Cuvee

2012 Cabernet Franc

2014 Riesling

2014 Marechal Foch

 

SILVER MEDALS:

Adirondack Winery:
Chardonnay 2014V
Seyval Blanc 2014V

Swedish Hill:

2013 Blue Waters Pinot Noir

NV Blue Waters Chardonnay

2014 Dry Riesling

2012 Cabernet Franc Lemberger

NV Blanc de Blanc

UHV officers_2016The Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association held recent elections. New to the Association’s executive committee is Kate Taylor, co-owner and winemaker of Galway Rock Winery & Vineyard in Galway, NY. Kate now serves as President following Gerry Barnhart’s seven year tenure as the leader of the growing association. Josh Cupp, owner-operator of Thirsty Owl Outlet & Wine Garden in Saratoga Springs, continues to serve as Vice President. Sasha Pardy, co-owner of Adirondack Winery in Lake George is the newly elected Secretary. Gerry Barnhart, co-owner and winemaker of Victory View Vineyard in Easton, continues to serve on the executive committee as Past President and Acting Treasurer.

The executive committee reflects the diversity of the wine trail which spans the region from Lake George in the north to Albany in the south with most businesses located in Saratoga and Washington counties. The Association has grown to 14 business members and several affiliate members.

The mission of the Upper Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association is to foster the success of members by using expertise, experience, resources and networks to support, coordinate and promote commercial enology and viticulture in the Upper Hudson Valley. In addition to promoting local wineries, the organization’s goals are to promote enology and viticulture education for affiliate members, and work together to form strategic alliances with local businesses to promote agritourism in the region.

Under the leadership of the executive committee, and with the cooperation of all members and local business leaders, the wine industry in the region is set to expand.