Hudson River Valley Wineries

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Carlo DeVito has traveled around the US, France, Spain, Chile, Canada, and Italy. He has been a publishing 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. He has also publisher such writers as Stephen Hawking, E. O Wilson, Philip Caputo, Gilbert King, James McPherson, Michael Lewis, David Margolick, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dan Rather, Dee Brown, and Eleanor Clift. He is also the founder of Hudson-Chatham Winery, co-founder of the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, and former president of the Hudson Valley Wine Country. His the author of more than 20 books including The New Single Malt Whiskey, Big Whiskey, and the forthcoming The Spirit of Rye.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Coming Soon! Clermont Vineyards in Germantown, NY!

It seems Columbia County will get yet another farm beverage based business this year, when Clermont Vineyards opens in the next two months. That will be 7 in the county! And the Hudson Valley is in for quite a shock. Because Clermont will be among the largest and most beautiful tasting rooms in the entire valley. Located at 9G and Route 6, in Germantown, NY, Clermont will be at the other end of Route from Tousey Winery and Hudson Valley Distillers.

I stopped by the other day while roaming the bottom of the county. Everyone is hard at work putting the finishing touches on the insides and the grounds. And it's a Saturday! It was insane. But that is what's like when you are trying to open a new business, especially one as regulated at the wine, beers, spirits, and cider business.

The deck to the left in the photo pictured above is 20 and 40 feet, and looks out over the gorgeous vineyard below. The view is breath taking.


Tony Trigo, and his brother-in-law, are well known within the wine community. Tony has been a fixture at all Hudson Valley wine dinners, grape sessions, and everything else the other wine makers have been attending for the last five or six years. He is an excellent grower. It was the birth of his first grand child that derailed this wiley veteran grape grower from opening his vineyard. He was so taken with his first grand child, he stopped building for almost a whole year. He is a doting grand-father of three now, even going so far as to build an in-house swing set for when his children visit.

Tonyis a former engineer with the Port Authority and pays painstaking attention to every detail. Most of the work in the renovation of two large barns has been done by himself, his brother-in-law, friends and family, and a small cadre of workers. He has general contracted the entire thing himself. And it is state of the art and fantastic.

A very exciting step forward for the county, for the immediate region, and for the Hudson Valley.


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