Can I be straight with you?
Growing up, I naively thought that New York in the Fall was only about picking apples. No one mentioned that the Hudson Valley was also ‘Wine Country’. We are pleasantly surprised being surrounded by so many Wineries and Vineyards. After following a recommendation I decided my first visit would be to Benmarl Winery, in Marlboro, NY.
Benmarl Winery is ‘literally’ in my backyard. My family lives ‘down the road and across the way’ and with every visit, we are enchanted more and more.
According to their Website:
“Nestled in the lush green hills of Marlboro you will find Benmarl Winery. Overlooking the historic Hudson River Valley, it’s 37 acre estate lays claim to the oldest vineyard in America.”
Benmarl Winery in the Winter…
Our first visit was in the winter when they host a Special Valentine’s Day Wine and Cheese/Chocolate Tasting. Although the grounds were covered in snow, we looked out the window of the tasting room and fell in love with the spectacular views of the Hudson Valley. Set high up in Marlboro, this winery offers the most amazing views of the Valley.
The wine selections are amazing too! During the visit we sampled at least 5 different wines and paired them with either a cheese or a chocolate, all according to the guide offered to us as a paper mat. The guide instructs you regarding which wine pairs with either the cheese or chocolate. Everything was delicious and we enjoyed ourselves very much, that we decided we would have to make a return visit during the summer.
Benmarl Winery in the Summer…
Fast forward to the summer and my husband and I bought tickets to their Annual Sangria Festival. On the day of the event, the heat index reached 100 degrees, but we made the best of it. There are several varieties of Sangria to sample at the event. I am happily surprised to see that it is also a family-friendly event, with children dancing and enjoying themselves alongside their families. In addition to the Sangria tastings, there is also food for sale and live music and flamenco dancers to entertain the crowd. Everyone had a great time!
Benmarl Winery in the Fall…
We were lucky enough when offered an opportunity to have family portraits taken at Benmarl Winery in the Fall.
As a family, we love having fun and we find any moment worth enjoying. After the family photos were taken, we decide it’s a good idea to enjoy our own photo shoot on the Benmarl grounds.
Check their website and Facebook page often, as they host many events during the Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Next on my list:
– Harvest Grape Stomping Festival (Sept/Oct)
– Sheep Shearing Celebration (May)
A Few Things to Know Before your visit to Benmarl:
- They are open almost year round for testings, mostly on weekends
- Larger groups should make reservations
- Benmarl sells Wood-Fired Pizza, but call ahead to make sure that it is available on the day you plan to visit
- They offer a Wine Club (details on website)
- They own a small Bed & Breakfast on the premises (check availability on their website)
Below is a slideshow highlighting everything I saw during this visit to Benmarl Winery:
156 Highland Ave
Marlboro, NY 12542
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With so many choices of Vineyards and Wineries in the Hudson Valley, which do you think I should visit next?
Until the Next Adventure…