As described by owner Mark Snyder, “New York State viticulture—its history and future—is the fundamental focus of Red Hook Winery.” The top-level winemaking team includes two diverse Napa Valley talents, Robert Foley and Abe Schoener, who strive to showcase in their wines New York’s unique climate, geology and meteorology that make the state unlike any other growing region in the world. The operation is still fairly small, sourcing from 15 different local vineyards to produce as many as 26 wines per vintage. The winery even splits each lot of grapes in half to allow each winemaker room to experiment and “let the juice tell the story.”
DON’T MISS THESE SPIRITS: You’ll likely need to make more than one trip to taste all of Red Hook Winery’s offerings, including a riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: The winery is always eager to share its locally produced bounty with the community and offers tours every weekend and daily tastings from noon to 6 p.m.