MARLBORO, NY — Here’s what has been going on for the past few weeks at Benmarl Winery, which is billed as “America’s oldest vineyard.”
Benmarl is located in Ulster County, near New Paltz. Wine has been made from the grapes grown in this Hudson Valley region since the 17th Century when French Hugenot immigrants grew vines and made wine. U.P. Hedrick, author of “The Grapes of New York,” called the region “the birthplace of American viticulture,” citing a planting in 1827 at Croton Point as the nation’s earliest commercially successful vineyard.
Benmarl’s wines vary seasonally, but the portfolio generally includes Slate Hill White, Riesling, Seyval Blanc, Traminette and Dry Rosé among its whites; Baco Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet, DeChaunac Cabernet Franc, and Frontenac among its reds; Muscat, Sangria and Sweet Sarah among its sweets.
The winery’s main building is at 156 Highland Avenue, Marlboro. Phone: (845) 236-4265.
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