Hudson River Valley Wineries

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Carlo DeVito is a long time wine lover, and author of books and magazine articles. He is the author of Wineries of the East Coast. He has traveled to wine regions in California, Canada, up and down the east coast, France, Spain and Chile. He has been a published executive for more than 20 years. He shepherded the wine book program of Wine Spectator as well as worked with Kevin Zraly, Oz Clarke, Matt Kramer, Tom Stevenson, Evan Dawson, Greg Moore, Howard Goldberg, and many other wine writers. He has also published Salvatore Calabrese, Jim Meehan, Clay Risen, and Paul Knorr. Mr. DeVito is the inventor of the mini-kit which has sold more than 100,000,000 copies world wide. He has also publisher such writers as Stephen Hawking, E. O Wilson, Philip Caputo, Gilbert King, James McPherson, John and Mary Gribbin, Thomas Hoving, David Margolick, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dan Rather, Dee Brown, Susie Bright, and Eleanor Clift. He is also the owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery, co-founder of the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, and president of the Hudson Valley Wine Country.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Catskills Beverage Trail Announces November Craft Beverage Festival Nov 4, 2017

Mark your calendars!

Hudson-Chatham Winery Opens New Tasting Room in Troy NY

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Thursday, July 20, 2017


Exterior of Hudson-Chatham Winery’s new Troy tasting room. (photo provided)
Hudson-Chatham Winery’s ongoing expansion plans are moving along nicely. The Columbia County winery and tasting room was founded in 2007, added a second tasting room in 2015, and now has added a third tasting room to its lineup.
The new venue — called Hudson-Chatham Winery Troy — is located at 203 River Street in downtown Troy, briefly the home of Sweet Sues whose chef-owner Sue Dunckel maintains a connection with the site by providing its breakfast and lunch fare. The menu includes, obviously in addition to H-C wines and adult beverages from other local producers, coffee made for the winery by Chris’ Coffee Service of Albany. Plans call for a broadening of the menu to include local artisanal cheese varieties.
Troy hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, although hours may be extended on Fridays and Saturdays. Brunch will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays.
“Everything we do is Hudson Valley or Capital Region,” Carlo DeVito, who runs the winery with his wife Dominique, told local media. “The idea is that it’s local, local, local, local.”
The new venue is managed by Mackenzy Morgan. DeVito said plans are being discussed to add several more satellite tasting rooms at locations to be decided.


Hudson-Chatham Winery’s new tasting room at 203 River St. in downtown Troy.
Hudson-Chatham Winery’s new tasting room at 203 River St. in downtown Troy.LAUREN HALLIGAN LHALLIGAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM

Carlo DeVito, owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery in the company’s new tasting room at 203 River St. in downtown Troy.
Carlo DeVito, owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery in the company’s new tasting room at 203 River St. in downtown Troy.LAUREN HALLIGAN LHALLIGAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM

TROY, N.Y.>> There’s a new place to do some tasting in the Collar City’s downtown district.
Hudson-Chatham Winery, located in Columbia County, is opening a tasting room at 203 River St. in downtown Troy, the former location of Sweet Sue’s.
After a sneak peek at Troy River Fest earlier this month, the new business will be open to the public this Fourth of July weekend, followed by a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Troy Downtown Business Improvement District, with details to be announced.
This is the 10-year-old winery’s third tasting room, adding to its on-site tasting location in Ghent, and one opened in 2015 in Tannersville.
The new tasting room will be open Tuesday through Sunday from about 10:30 to 5 p.m. most days, and later on Fridays and Saturdays.
In the daytime, the Troy tasting room will offer breakfast and lunch fare by Sweet Sue’s chef Sue Dunckel, along with coffees made especially for Hudson-Chatham Winery by Albany-based Chris’ Coffee Service. Brunch will be served on Saturdays and Sundays.
Later on, the space will have more of a wine bar vibe with local cheese plates and, of course, wine. The tasting room will offer a variety of Hudson-Chatham wines, as well as other area spirits, beer and cider.
“Everything we do is Hudson Valley or Capital Region,” said owner Carlo DeVito, who runs the winery along with his wife Dominique. “The idea is that it’s local, local, local, local.”
All Hudson-Chatham wines are made using Greene and Columbia county grapes.
The majority of the winery’s products are dry red wines, the most notable being its Baco noirs. The upstate winery was awarded the title of having the highest rated Baco noir in North America, DeVito said.
For those who prefer other styles, Hudson-Chatham Winery makes a little bit of everything, DeVito said, “so we have something for everyone.”
At the new site, customers can do a tasting session of five different wines for $7, or order by the glass or bottle. Bottles will be for sale to take home, too.
The tasting rooms spirits, beer and cider inventory will also be available to drink on premise or purchase to-go.
On why the owners decided to offer products from other local businesses alongside their own, DeVito said they wanted to offer some variety to the consumer, as well as support other producers from the region. “I’m all about local, and there’s a lot of people making really great product and to me it’s an easy way to get it on out,” he said.
Regarding the winery’s most recent expansion to Rensselaer County, “Troy is a great little market,” DeVito said, noting that the demographic includes a younger population that the winery would like to reach.
Furthermore, the district was appealing. “I love this historic downtown area,” DeVito said. “It’s a great neighborhood.”
While there are a number of downtown bars, DeVito believes the tasting room and wine bar will offer something different to the area, because all of its products are strictly local.
Looking ahead at his goals for this new downtown Troy endeavor, DeVito said, “We just want to become a part of the scene. That’s really what we’re thrilled about.”
Run by manager Mackenzy Morgan, this new location will host a schedule of special tasting events and local music.
Once the Troy tasting room is established, the winery owners would like to open a few more in the future, DeVito said.
For more information about Hudson-Chatham Winery visit or call (518) 392-9463.
Further details and updates on the new troy tasting room are available on the Hudson-Chatham Winery Troy Facebook page.

Beer Diviner Hosts Beer Camp August 19 & 20, 2017!!!!!

The Beer Diviner, a farm brewery in the Hudson Valley i offering a Beer Camp August 19 & 20, 2017!!!! The event will feature many local farm craft beverages, brewing demonstrations, and a chance to meet with local distillers, brewmasters, winemakers, and cider makers. Food, music and other entertainment as well!!!!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Columbia County Hosts a Slew of New Craft Beverage Businesses!!

Columbia County is host to four more craft beverage businesses! That makes 11 over all! That's an impressive number. And what's even more impressive is that there are even more new businesses on the way! 

Located in Claverack, this new nanobrewery just opened! Very exciting!
Sloop Brewing opened up in Elizaville, coming from Beacon, to expand here in Columbia County! Fantastic beers!

With a nod to old Pre=Prohibition days Hudson, this new little microbrewery is doing it right and packing them in!
Stone Bridge Cider has been making cider for little more than a year, and a new tasting room is in the works!
This is in addition to: Hudson-Chatham Winery, Harvest Spirits, Tousey Winery, Hudson Valley Distillers, Clermont Vineyards, Hillrock Estate, The Beer Diviner, and Chatham Brewing! 
And don't forget, there's the NEW Dutch's Spirits in Pine Plains, and Brookview Station just over the county line in Rensasealler, and Furnace Brook and Berkshire Mountain Distillers just over the line in Mass! An amazing region hat is just exploding!

Friday, July 17, 2015


Hudson-Chatham Winery Tannersville is now opened! The new branch store of Columbia County's first farm beverage business has now opened a store and wine bar on Main Street in Tannersville, NY! Tastings, sales, food stuffs, and local cheeses are available!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Catskill Eats Raves About Hudson-Chatham Winery Tannersville!

Catskill Eats
Wine Tasting Room Joins Greene County Craft Food Boom
Hudson-Chatham Winery joins Mama’s Boy Burgers, American Glory BBQ and other new businesses in Tannersville. Also, a new brewpub is coming to Windham.
A Columbia County winery has crossed the river to open a tasting room in Tannersville. Photo by Catskill Eats
An established Columbia County winery has crossed the river to open a tasting room in Tannersville, the newest of several eating and drinking establishments that have recently debuted in the Greene County mountaintop village.

Hudson-Chatham Winery, which has been making award-winning wines using all New York State grapes since 2008, is scheduled to pour its first tastings this Saturday, July 18, barring any last-minute paperwork delays with its state permits, said Carlo DeVito, who operates the Ghent, N.Y., winery with his wife Dominique.

“We’re really excited to be here, and to throw the doors open and start pouring,” said DeVito, who hosted an open house over July Fourth weekend to show off the tasting rooms and lounge area, which will have a wine bar feel.

The tasting room will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to start, and will adjust its hours as the business develops, DeVito said. It will offer tastings of its own wines, bottle sales and special events featuring other local and regional products such as bourbon. It is not a restaurant, but will offer a cheese plate showcasing crackers, breads and cheeses from Columbia and Greene counties. Other prepared foods that Hudson-Chatham develops with fellow Hudson Valley producers, such as jams, will also be for sale. The DeVitos saw an opportunity to bring their products to a Catskills audience that might not travel to the main winery, and also a chance to tap into a ski crowd that will boost business in the winter months, which are slower at the winery.

“We feel like we can offer something that’s not available in the area now,” DeVito said. “We were seeing so many good stores and restaurants and other purveyors coming into Tannersville, and thought, ‘This is the place we want to be.'”

The Hudson-Chatham Winery's Tannersville location will host tastings of its own wines each weekend, as well as events featuring other producers and live music. Photo by Catskill Eats

The Hunter Foundation purchased the building, which previously housed a candle shop, and then rehabilitated it in collaboration with the new tenant, bringing a black-and-white decor that echoes the original winery’s design. In addition to the interior space, there is also a spacious patio around back, which will offer outdoor seating.
The building, which was formerly home to a candle shop, now sports a rear patio for outdoor seating. Photo by Catskill Eats

The new tasting room joins several other new spots that have opened in recent months or are scheduled to launch soon in and around the Tannersville/Hunter/Windham area of Greene County. They include two other Hunter Foundation projects, American Glory BBQ and Mama’s Boy Burgers. American Glory BBQ, just across the street from the new winery building, is closing in on its first anniversary, having opened in August 2014. Just a few blocks away, Mama’s Boy Burgers leapt off to a roaring start this summer, drawing lines from day one, along with early praise from big media like New York Magazine and Food + Wine. Located in the old Smiley’s ice cream building at 6067 Main St., Mama’s Boy Burgers is the brainchild of Michael Koegel, who has operated Mama’s Boy Market in Phoenicia for five years.
“It was a great location. People were clamoring for Smiley’s to reopen, and it was just a great opportunity,” Koegel said. While Tannersville already had plenty of coffee shops, including the excellent 1-year-old Twin Peaks Coffee & Donuts on the eastern edge of town, Koegel correctly predicted that an ice cream shop would hit a niche. Desiring to operate year-round, however, he paired Jane’s Ice Cream and 26 flavors of soft-serve custard with local grassfed Angus Beef burgers sourced just a few miles away at JJF Farm in East Jewett. Fries, salads, shakes, floats and a couple of sandwiches round out the menu, resulting in a Shake Shack, In-N-Out Burger feel to the place, but with a unique Catskills atmosphere–and a giant ice cream cone on the roof. Mama’s Boy Burgers opens daily at 11:30 a.m., and closes at 9 p.m. during the week and 10 p.m. on the weekends, and it is often slammed from open to close, Koegel said.

“Businesses are booming in Tannersville,” said Anne Jakubowski, the Hunter Foundation’s executive director. “There’s been a lot of activity here in a short amount of time.”

The 18-year-old nonprofit, whose mission is to boost economic development by using private funds and federal grants to purchase and rehabilitate old buildings in the Hunter area, also celebrated the opening of a new pharmacy, Wellness Rx, in the Astor House building in Tannersville last month. The foundation has also purchased the old Villa Maria resort and is currently conducting a feasibility study to examine options there, Jakubowski said.

Each of the four newly opened businesses is an expansion or spin-off of an existing business outside of Greene County; the original American Glory is in Hudson, and the first Wellness Rx is in High Falls. That’s a sign that Tannersville, with help from the Hunter Foundation, is drawing successful business owners to take a chance, said Jeff Friedman, the executive director of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce.

“Tannersville is growing quickly and steadily,” said Friedman, noting several other new businesses opening in nearby towns. Among them: La Patisserie Normande, a French pastry shop at 5339 Main St. in Windham; Karen’s Country Kitchen, a new breakfast and lunch cafe in Hunter Village Square, which began as a food truck last summer; and Hunter Mountain Brewery, a restaurant that opened at 7261 Route 23A between Hunter and Tannersville in May. Hunter Mountain Brewery is not making its own beer yet, but has the set up to do so eventually. In August, yet another brewery, Hammo’s Brewpub & Lodge, is scheduled to open at 39 Goshen Road in the hamlet of Hensonville, within the town limits of Windham.

Since breweries, wineries and distilleries make up a large percentage of the county’s growing business base, Friedman’s organization is working to establish a Greene County Beverage Trail. The chamber has applied for a state grant to set up a program showcasing beer, wine, cider and spirits made from Catskills and Hudson Valley farm products, similar to the trail that Schoharie County is set to launch Aug. 1.

Hudson-Chatham Winery will be happy to join in, DeVito said.

“There is a lot going on with artisanal beverages in Greene County right now that people don’t know about,” he said. “It’s a great time to get in on the ground floor of all the exciting things happening here.”