Spend your day sipping your way through the Catskills by visiting our fantastic and fruitful wineries! Our wine region produces a variety of styles, from bone dry to sumptuously sweet, and is home to passionate winemakers.
Less than half an hour away from our front door is Bashakill Vineyards. The winery is closed in the winter from January to March, but is open from April to December 20thon Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. This winery produces five to six red and white wines, but focuses on smaller batches, so different wines are available at different times. You can visit the tasting room and try four samples for free, but if the winery has more than four available there is a $4 tasting fee, which includes a souvenir glass. Local musicians enliven the beautiful setting on many afternoons!
About an hour away from us, heading northwest toward Long Eddy is the Eminence Road Farm Winery. Known for their white varietals, this winery is open by appointment but sells its wines at neighboring farmers markets and fine restaurants. To schedule a tasting, email the winery at [email protected] or by calling 845-887-6280.
Shawangunk Wine Trail
A fun and easy way to explore our nearby wineries is along the Shawangunk Wine Trail! The trail has 15 wineries with some nestled together, making it easy to visit more than one in an afternoon. Though, we’d recommend taking it easy and enjoying your time at each distinct winery!
The Shawangunk Wine Trail wineries span a range of varietals and styles and you’ll even find fruit wines and mead at certain wineries. These wineries are small to medium-sized and family-owned operations. The wines produced are award-winning and are served by enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. The wineries on the trail include:
- Adair Vineyards
- Applewood Winery
- Baldwin Vineyards
- Benmarl Winery
- Brimstone Hill Vineyard
- Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery
- Brunel & Rafael Winery
- Clearview Vineyard
- Demarest Hill Winery & Distillery
- Glorie Farm Winery
- Palaia Vineyards & Winery
- Robibero Winery
- Stoutridge Vineyard
- Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
- Whitecliff Vineyard
If you prefer to have someone else handle transportation between the wineries, the trail has partnered with taxi and limousine services to provide safe and reliable transportation for your wine trail exploration.
Please check with the specific winery you’d like to visit about their open hours and tasting room policies prior to visiting. If you plan on visiting a few on the trail and participate in wine tastings, you might want to purchase the Hudson Valley Wine Tasting Passport, valid April through August, and allows wine tasting of up to four wines at each winery.
For summer winery visits, plan to attend the Bounty of the Hudson Wine & Food Festival! In 2016, the festival is July 30 – 31 at the Applewood Winery.
In the winter, the trail hosts Wreath Fineries at the Wineries, starting in November and running through mid-December. This is a ticketed event but includes a souvenir wine glass, a Shawangunk Wine Trail ornament, and a grapevine wreath that you’ll decorate with ornaments you pick up at the wineries along the trail.
If you prefer a stronger spirit, we recommend visiting the Catskill Distilling Company which is about 20 minutes from the Inn at Lake Joseph. They offer distillery tours and tastings every day from noon to 5 p.m. The distillery crafts vodka, gin, bourbon, whiskey, and more. On Saturday nights, the distillery hosts concerts and performances or you can swing by the Dancing Cat Saloon for a bite to eat before or after your distillery visit.
The Catskill Brewery in Livingston Manor hand crafts fine beers in a variety of styles. They’re about 25 minutes away and, starting Memorial Day weekend, they’re open 6 days a week to fill your growlers or have a glass in the tap room. You will also find their beer in many of the restaurants we recommend in the area. The brewery hosts special tastings and dinner pairings at restaurants and venues in the Catskill region throughout the year.
About 10 minutes further is the Roscoe NY Beer Company, home of the Trout Town family of beers. This fairly young brewery offers amazing ales and has introduced an IPA and rye into its lineup of hand-crafted beers. You can watch the brewing process, indulge in the self-serve tap wall, or learn more about the beers at the tasting bar. Open year-round, the brewery opens at 11 a.m. daily and closes at 5 p.m. Monday – Wednesday, 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and closes at 6 p.m. on Sunday.