Today we decided to take a drive through the Hudson Valley. We got a glimpse of the
Hudson River as we drove in and around and up and
down the back roads. This one was the Milton Turnpike, LOL!
We saw beautiful
flowers blooming beside the road and there were
apple orchards everywhere.
Then we found this old
winery. It is the oldest winery in America, founded by John Jaques in 1839.
We decided to join in
We signed up here
in the main tasting room where we visited with Franklin. When Kevin, our guide was ready, we
followed him outside where we got a brief history lesson about the beginning of the winery. We started our walk around the property where Kevin pointed out the
mansion that is being restored and soon to become a bed and breakfast.
All of the grapes are trucked in from different vineyards around the state and are then processed and bottled here
at this factory.
watched through the
window as the empty bottles were filled,
sealed, and sent on down the line
for a label.
Kevin then took us down into the
cellars. We walked though lots of
doors and down long hallways. We saw rooms where
the barrels of wine are aged.
Once we were back outside, we saw
just a few grapevines that are grown here at the winery for fall festival use only.
This is an
old press that Zachary and
Lauren tried to use.
The flowers blooming
around the property were beautiful.
When our tour was over, we ended up back in the tasting room/gift shop where we started.
What a fun day on the back roads
in the Hudson Valley.