The newly-created Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail has announced its inaugural event — a “Travel the Trail” jaunt through Warren, Saratoga and Washington counties.
The wine and cheese pairing is set for Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16. The timing is both for the Father’s Day Weekend and to mark National Dairy Month, according to an announcement made today.
Event committee head Sasha Pardy of Adirondack Winery and Trail president Gerry Barnhart of Victory View Vineyard say eight wineries on the trail will offer tastings of locally-produced wine paired with locally-made cheeses from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $30 in advance. The tickets cover tastings of handcrafted wines at each winery paired with small plates of locally produced fine cheeses. Tickets are available on the Trail’s Facebook page.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the winemakers and cheesemakers at some stops. The wineries on the Trail offer a wide selection of wines, including dry, sweet, red, white and blush in varietals ranging from the likes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to new wines made from such Northern grapes as Marquette and Frontenac.
“The Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association has come a long way in the last three years,” Barnhart said. “We are excited to have the public learn more about the local wine and grape industry, introducing them to the nine wineries already open in the region with three more opening over the course of the next year.
“We look forward to playing an integral part in fueling the local tourism and farming economies of this region through promoting the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail.”
Wineries participating in the event:
Adirondack Winery, 285 Canada Street, Lake George, 668-9463, featuring Adirondack Cheese Company
Amorici Vineyard, 637 Colonel Burch Road, Valley Falls, 469-0680, featuring Amorici Artisanal Cheese
Johnston’s Winery, 514 Bliss Road, Ballston Spa, 882-6310, featuring Palatine Valley Aged Cheddar
Ledge Rock Hill Winery, 41 Stewart Dam Road, Corinth, 654-5467, featuring Jake’s Gouda Cheese of Deansboro
Oliva Vineyards, 2074 State Route 4, Fort Edward, 747-2156, featuring Argyle Cheese Farmer
Swedish Hill Winery Tasting Room, 379 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 450-1200, featuring River Rat Cheeses</p>
The Saratoga Winery, 462 State Route 29W, Saratoga Springs, 584-9463, featuring Willow Marsh Farm Cheese
Thirsty Owl Saratoga Tasting Room, 184 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-9694, featuring Homestead Artisans Cheeses
The wineries and tasting rooms say they cannot accommodate groups larger than eight people for this event. Designated drivers tickets are $5 and entitles the ticket holder to taste the cheeses. Otherwise tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Visitors can start the tour at any of the participating venues.
The Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail was founded by the not-for-profit Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association and launched this year. It stretches from Lake George to Saratoga Springs and Easton, with 12 members that include farm vineyards, locally-owned wineries and tasting rooms, and satellite tasting rooms of two Finger Lakes wineries. The members of the Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association are continually working to increase public awareness and support of the local wine & grape industry.