The Brotherhood Winery, located in the heart of the Hudson Valley is considered to be America's oldest winery (dates back to 1839). Located about an hour's drive north from metro New York, the Winery offers visitors a delightful opportunity to "step back into history". The original buildings on the property house vast underground cellars comparable to those of famous European wineries.
Stroll the beautifully landscaped premises, tour the underground cellars (the largest in the country) and learn about champagne making, oak barrel aging and taste a variety of award-winning wines from sweet to dry, dessert to table. Visitors can purchase wines by the bottle or case and are specially priced. My favorites include the NY Chablis (a crisp, dry white wine) and Holiday (a spiced red wine).
Brotherhood hosts a number of special events including a Grape Stomping, Polka Fest, Jazz Festival or the Haunted Cellars at Halloween.
Brotherhood is open seven days a week from 11-5PM; winetasting tours are available seven days a week from April to October (check their website for daily and weekend hours).