The autumn season is ideal for wine tasting, particularly in the Albany region where the brilliantly colored foliage is still falling and the air is in the midpoint between sweater and coat weather. Here are some of the best wineries to visit during the Autumn season to indulge in before the chill of winter sweeps in. The great news is, they are all within a reasonable driving distance from Albany. You may even find yourself looking at Albany houses for sale along the way!
1. Fall Foliage Wine Tour in Beacon, New York
This impeccable experience includes visiting the scenic Hudson Valley to visit small towns, sample wine of the region paired with local cheeses. The adventure begins with a pickup by a mini-coach, which takes you on a scenic drive. You will experience the delight of seeing historic wine cellars, and learning about the different vintages. The shuttle tour is six hours long.
2. The Saratoga Winery & Tasting Room (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Located west of downtown Saratoga, this delightful winery offers countless handcrafted wines as well as spirits and beer for tasting. Their bottles have custom labels with local themes, including ballerinas and horses.
3. Adirondack Winery (Lake George, NY)
Located on the stunning and popular Lake George, this winery is about an hour’s drive north of Albany. The premier winery of the Adirondack Mountains, they are purveyors of local award-winning and handcrafted wines in an excellent variety of styles.
4. Altamont Vineyard & Winery
Altamont Vineyard & Winery was established in 2006 by Louis DiCrescenzo. He purchased the vineyard from the children of Larry Grossi as they inherited the beautiful 26-acre picturesque property overlooking the Helderberg Escarpment. The winery offers a delicious selection of wines available for pick up or delivery, and also offers special events at their gorgeous location.
5. Galway Rock
This vineyard and winery in Ballston Lake, New York has an old-world winemaking attitude and innovative wine growing techniques. A typical experience at the winery includes sampling the extensive wine list according to your personal taste, choosing from six wines of any of their three signature brands. Guests are also invited to taste the seasonal cheese board samples and the macron samples offered in the tasting room.
6. Hummingbird Hills Winery
Hummingbird Hills is a boutique husband-and-wife-operated winery in upstate New York. Hummingbird Hills Winery invites wine lovers to stop in every weekend for a taste of the most unique and flavorful wines in the region. The winery continues to flourish and produce a line of wines that truly provide an, “Escape from the Normal.”
These are a select few wineries in an astonishing number in the Northern New York state region. In fact, there are over one hundred wineries in the area, offering a myriad of tastings, tours, and experiences, which means that the right one is out there for you! If you’re in Albany, looking to move there, or just visiting, there are countless tasty adventures at the tip of your fingers.