Rensselaer & Columbia County Wine Trips

Itineraries to help you explore Hudson Valley wine country.

Just south of Albany is the beginning of the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail. Here you’ll find Brookview Station Winery, located on Goold Orchards in Castleton. Although the orchard is 108 years old, the winery is still a baby: Sue Goold Miller (a third-generation owner of Goold Orchards) and her husband, Ed, began wine-making in 2005 and opened the winery a year later. Their apple wine, Whistle Stop White, took home the Best Hudson River Region Wine award at the 2007 Hudson Valley Wine Competition; a semi-dry wine, it’s great for the summer. Their pear wine is just as good. The winery is named after a small train station in Brookview, NY, where Sue’s grandparents arrived in 1910. Visit in the fall for apple-picking, then take home a fresh-baked apple pie and taste their wines and ciders. Goold Orchards hosts its 30th annual Apple Festival on Oct. 13–14 this year.

Brookview Station Winery
Brookview Station Winery Photo by Karen Grady

Side Trips

Harvest Spirits


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Located on Golden Harvest Farms, this is the home of apple-based Core Vodka. Give it a taste — and their  applejack, brandy, and whiskey, while you’re at it.

The Chatham Berry Farm LLC


A nice stop for local produce and pick-your-own berries.

Hudson Valley Distillers

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Just a stone’s throw from Tousey Winery is a 170-year-old converted barn where artisanal vodka, applejack, whiskey, and fruit brandies are produced in small batches.

Art Omi


A free, 300-acre outdoor sculpture park founded in 1992 by Francis Greenburger.

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Hudson-Chatham Winery
Hudson-Chatham Winery Photo by Deirdre Malfatto

Thirty minutes south on the trail, in Ghent, you’ll find Hudson-Chatham Winery. Be careful: Sometimes the GPS we all count on doesn’t pick up NY-66, so try State Route 66 or some combination thereof. Winemaker Steve Casscles strives for great quality and is always thinking outside the box. These days, they have more estate wines than ever before. Try their Baco Noirs, all made from the same grape but from different vineyards; note the differences the terroir brings to the wine. Also unique is their Chelois and their new line of solera-aged dessert wines. Hudson-Chatham Winery hosts several events throughout the year, including their famous Sangria Festival. The winery has a tasting room here and in Tannersville and Troy.

Tousey Winery
Establishing Roots in Ghent: Kimberly and Ben Peacock (below), owners of Tousey Winery, moved from Copenhagen to Ghent in 2009 and took over the winery from Kimberly’s dad, a local bee farmer. Photo by Kevin Thomasson

From Ghent, take a beautiful, 25-minute drive south, to Tousey Winery in Germantown. Owners Kimberly and Ben Peacock have come a long way since they moved from Copenhagen in 2009 and took over the winery from Kimberly’s dad, Ray, a bee farmer who produced Crème de Cassis. They are dedicated to producing wine with locally sourced grapes: Today, 85 percent of their grapes come from their own Hudson Valley vineyards. Wines not to miss are the Queen of Clermont (a white blend), Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and The Loic, a sparkling blanc de blanc. New this year is their 2017 rosé and Sauvignon Blanc. The café is open for dinner Thursday through Saturday and offers cheese boards, salads, and sandwiches. Book the private tasting room for a group of six or more. At their not-to-be-missed Halloween party, they release the Grim Reaper — a dark, smooth, red wine.

Our Wine & Food Festival returns June 4-9!

Our Wunderkinds event takes place on May 23!

Our Best of Business Ballot is open through May 15!

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Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum is March 14!

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Our Best of Westchester Elimination Ballot is open through March 6!

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