When it comes to saying “I do” in the Hudson Valley, few venues can quite compare to the region’s wineries. With rolling landscapes and expansive vineyards that are practically made for picture-perfect photo shoots, the local vino hubs are dream destinations for brides and grooms-to-be. After a ceremony that is destined to be #PinterestGoals, newly knotted couples can celebrate over out-of-doors dinners, late-night dancing, and, of course, an abundance of award-winning wine.
100 Brotherhood Plaza Dr, Washingtonvilleâ€‹
Established in 1839, America’s oldest winery is something of a destination wedding experience right here in the Hudson Valley. For couples who love to sip vino together, the winery is the place to tie the knot. Smaller ceremonies can tuck into the onsite chapel, while larger groups can spread out on the 5000-square-foot patio. Afterward, bridal parties can retreat to the expansive underground wine cellars for an unforgettable dinner or sip and sample top-rated pours in the tasting room.
Brotherhood photos by Tomas Donaso
835 Cascade Mountain Rd, Ameniaâ€‹
Located in the foothills of the Berkshires, Cascade Mountain Winery delivers stunning vistas of the Hudson Valley throughout the year. Larger weddings do well at the Amenia spot, which can house up to 300 people for an outdoor tented wedding. Anyone on the hunt for a vineyard venue that loops in food will love the farm-to-table dishes on the menu at the winery restaurant. Cascade’s chefs are happy to craft signature dishes with food allergies and dietary restrictions in mind to ensure an experience that is 100-percent unique and tailored to each couple.
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450 Schultzville Rd, Clinton Corners
Dubbed “the jewel in the crown of the Hudson Valley,” Clinton Vineyards is a delight for both intimate and over-the-top weddings. The sprawling 100-acre property in Dutchess County is ideal for brides and grooms who desire multiple settings throughout day. Whether the plan includes cocktails on a grassy knoll, a quaint ceremony for up to 35 in the barn, or a lively dinner and dance party by the vineyard at night, Clinton can help make it happen.
Clinton Vineyards / Photos by Keith Ferris
1900 Rte 66, Ghent
For large-scale outdoor weddings, consider Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent. Columbia County’s first winery offers spectacular views of the Valley during the spring to fall wedding season. Couples can tie the knot near the sprawling vineyard, then retreat under a massive tent to dine and dance into the evening.
Andy Monteiro and Sue Mallen Disy tie the knot at Hudson-Chatham. Photo by Scott Langley
172 Strawridge Rd, Wallkillâ€‹
When it comes to time-tested wedding locales in the Hudson Valley, Magnanini Winery is a cut above. In 2018, the vineyard received a Couples’ Choice Award from WeddingWire, and for good reason. Couples can customize the big day to their preferences and party size, opting to host the ceremony at the winery itself, which accommodates up to 190 guests, or at the Two Hearts Vineyard, which works for weddings of any size. The winery is ideal for an indoor/outdoor experience, since ceremonies have the freedom to begin on the deck or in the garden, then move inward to the restaurant for dinner. The vineyard, meanwhile, is the way to go for stunning views of the nearby lake and rolling Hudson Valley terrain. After the ceremony, guests can retreat to the patio and gazebo for cocktails, dinner, and dancing.
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26 Wing Rd, Millbrook
Set in the countryside of Dutchess County, Millbrook Winery is a delight for brides who crave options. For smaller, indoor weddings, the 1940-style barn, which comes complete with an airy ceiling and local art, is a must. Anywhere from 120 to 150 guests can wander through wide-frame doors that evoke an indoor/outdoor feel for an intimate dinner or ceremony. In the warmer months, the winery offers multiple venue locations across its 30-acre estate. Anyone who opts to go the outdoor route can rent a tent to bring the party to the vineyard grounds. Wedding packages, which are available in May, June, September, and October, include use of the onsite loft space, too.
Millbrook photos by Robert Bonsangue
14 Gala Ln, Milton
For a quintessential winery wedding, look no further than Nostrano Vineyards. Nestled quietly in Milton, the property channels an almost otherworldly quality that brings to mind local legends like Rip Van Winkle and Sleepy Hollow. Host the ceremony in the vineyard proper, which sits at the foot a sloping Hudson Valley hillside. When it comes time to dine, bring smaller parties to the Pinterest-worthy barn for an evening of twinkle lights, celebratory conversations, and laughter that brightens the wee hours of the evening.
A couple at Nostrano Vineyards / Photo by Alicia King Photo
Left to right: A bride at Nostrano, photo by Hyde Photography / A couple stand together at Nostrano Vineyards, photo by Saltwater Studios
A couple walk through Nostrano Vineyards. Photo by Hyde Photography
Left to right: A couple hold hands at Nostrano Vineyards, photo by Hyde Photography / Reception at Nostrano, photo by Saltwater Studios
103 Burroughs Dr, West Park
Red Maple Vineyard takes weddings very, very seriously. With an active vineyard, an onsite barn, and scenic landscapes, the West Park setting is something of a one-stop shop for brides and grooms-to-be in spring, summer, and fall. After couples tie the knot, they can relax and celebrate with top-of-the-line catering from Corner Stone Caterers, chic bar setups, and a fire pit at night. While the entire vineyard stuns as a wedding destination, it really delivers with little details like charming toiletry baskets, live trees at the reception, and even a beer canoe.
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714 Albany Post Rd, New Paltzâ€‹
Tucked close enough to town and far enough from the SUNY New Paltz campus, Robibero is a top pick for brides and grooms who daydream of lush Hudson Valley landscapes in their wedding photos. The vineyard houses a 90-foot deck, which is a no-brainer for bridesmaid group shots, and views of winding Hudson Valley waters in the background. The winery requires a minimum purchase of wine with a reservation, so don’t forget to visit for a tasting (or two) before the big day to figure out which vinos to sip after you say “I do.”
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Torne Valley Rd, Hillburnâ€‹
If the fairytale wedding experience calls your name, head to Torne Valley Vineyards to make your glass slipper visions come to life. In all honesty, the wine is only part of the appeal at the Hillburn estate, which also boasts a restored Victorian mansion and landscaped grounds. Couples can choose to get married inside the 1800s-style mansion, which comes with its very own grand ballroom and bridal suite, or bring the party outdoors to the open, manicured lawn. What’s more, the vineyard also takes care of cuisine with its Encore Catering program. Whether that means small bites at cocktail hour, a seated dinner after the ceremony, or a lively buffet station setup, Torne Valley can take care of it with elegance.