The Hudson Valley knows their food and wine! Whether you just can’t decide on what to eat or drink, or you wish to try some new and top notch food and beverages, festivals are the perfect way to get a taste of the valley. The Shawangunk Wine Trail gets in on the fun and hosts a multitude of events and festivals each year, showcasing their winemaker’s best vintages and accompaniments.
The 80 mile long Shawangunk Wine Trail is made up of 15 family-owned wineries located between the Shawangunk Mountain ridge and the Hudson River, stretching from the Ulster County towns of New Paltz, Gardiner and Marlboro to our southern neighbor of Orange County, New York. The wineries on the Gunks trail all have their own unique vibe that is sure to wow and their seasonal events are popular among tourists and locals alike. In 2016, the trail’s popular events, such as the Bounty of the Hudson and Wreath Fineries at the Wineries are back and expected to sell out.
The most northern winery on the trail is still only a mere 90 miles north of New York City, making the wineries and their events and festivals easily accessible from New York City as well. Here’s a list of the 2016 events in store for all the Hudson Valley vino lovers out there!
April 16th- April 17th, 2016 | Pasta Primo Vino
Mangia! Mangia! Kick off spring on a self guided tour through 15 of the Hudson Valley’s finest wineries, pairing a variety of local wines with delicious pastas! This two day event (or if you’re strapped for time, Sunday only tickets are also available) starts at your choice of winery, where you will receive your souvenir tasting glass to fill with locally handcrafted wines, selected by the winemakers to excellently pair with various Italian pasta delicacies! Tickets are available until April 14th (unless they sell out sooner) and Designated Driver tickets are available at a discounted rate as well.
April- August 2016 | Hudson Valley Wine Tasting Passport
All aboard for a wine tasting adventure! The Wine Tasting Passport allows you to stop at any and all of the 15 wineries on the Shawangunk trail anytime from April to August and taste up to 4 wines at each stop.
July 30th- July 31st, 2016 | 21st Annual Bounty of the Hudson
Held at the Applewood Winery, located in Warwick New York, just south of Ulster County, the Bounty of the Hudson is a weekend long wine and food festival featuring at least 15 of the Hudson Valley’s finest winemakers, plus treats from local restaurants, artisanal products, craft vendors, demonstrations and live music. Tickets include a souvenir tasting wine glass, sampling from all of the attending wineries and an afternoon of live music.
More information about the festival, as well as a link to purchase tickets can be found on the Gunks Wine Trail site, or directly at www.bountyofthehudson.com
November 19th- 20th and December 3rd-4th, 2016 | Wreath Fineries at the Wineries
Get into the holiday spirit with the Hudson’ Valley’s premier wine tasting and shopping experience and the Shawangunk Wine Trail’s biggest annual event, sure to sell out. This self guided wine tour starts at your choice of winery where you’ll receive your tasting glass to fill as your tour the wineries, a grapevine wreath and Shawangunk Wine Trail ornament. As you travel through the rest of the wineries on the trail, you’ll receive an ornament at each winery you visit to complete your holiday wreath. Have some festive fun, get your Christmas shopping done and see the wineries decked out in the spirit of the holidays!
Visit www.GunksWine.com for more details on all of their 2016 events and to purchase tickets. (Season passes are also available) and be sure to check out all of the wineries located on the Shawangunk Wine Trail: Adair Vineyards, Applewood Winery, Baldwin Vineyards, Benmarl Winery, Brimstone Hill Vineyard, Brotherhood- America’s Oldest Winery, Brunel & Rafael Winery, Clearview Vineyards, Demarest Hill Winery, Glorie Farm Winery, Palaia Vineyards, Robibero Winery, Stoutridge Vineyards, Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery and Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery