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'Bounty of the Hudson' mixing many wineries and lots of history


If your tastes run toward history and farm-to-table food and wine festivals, you're in luck. The Brotherhood Winery, America's oldest at 175, will host the annual "Bounty of the Hudson" from noon to 5 p.m. the weekend of July 26-27.

The event at the Washingtonville, Orange County, complex, will feature samplings of wines from a variety of wineries in the Hudson Valley, including members of the Shawangunk Wine Trail -- Brotherhood, Stoutridge Vineyard, Adair Vineyards, Applewood Winery, Baldwin Vineyards, Benmarl Winery, Brimstone Hill Vineyard, Clearview Vineyard, Robibero Winery, Demarest Hill Winery & Distillery, Whitecliff Vineyard, Glorie Farm Winery, Palaia Vineyards & Winery and the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery.

The Shawangunk Wine Trail, it is an 80-mile-long network tucked between the Shawangunk Mountains and the Hudson River in Ulster and Orange counties. It has 14 diverse member wineries, ranging from Brotherhood to smaller, newer facilities. They produce vinifera, blends, sparkling, French-American and fruit wines, ranging from bone dry to dessert sweet. Some facilities also produce hard ciders, meads and distilled spirits.

The trail is best accessed from Thruway Exits 16, 17 and 18. Directions to Brotherhood and the other wineries are available on the trail website. Brotherhood is located in Orange County. Tickets for "Bounty of the Hudson" are available in advance online for $28, or $38 at the gate, all taxes and fees included. Each ticket is good for one day only and includes a souvenir wine glass and wine tasting at all participating wineries. The festival will be held regardless of weather, so all ticket sales are final. One additional attraction -- room to move around. No tour buses are permitted.