Clermont Vineyards & Winery in Clermont NY
My family and I visited the Clermont Vineyards & Winery in Clermont NY a few months ago. This is Southern Columbia county’s newest winery which is now featured on the Wine Trail.
We happened to walk in when Tony, the owner, was by himself. This was perfect, as we were able to get a personal tour.
Tony had been looking for a place in Upstate New York to start a winery – a dream he had for some time. Then one day he was traveling on Route 6 when he saw this old dairy barn and most of all the most spectacular views of the Catskill Mountains. At that moment he knew this was the location he was seeking. It so happened the old farm was for sale and he was successful in purchasing it.
Upon acquiring the property, he new it was going to take some time to renovate the barns which were in disrepair. It was a real labor of love and the barn was transformed into a beautiful space which now houses the winery. Because the space is so inviting and comes with magnificent views some have inquired about using the venue for their wedding, however, Tony is keeping it strictly as a winery.
Walking through the barn you will be amazed by the structure, from the beamed ceiling to the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the vineyards.
The tour was very informative, we received a lesson in grapes and the Northeast weather. Some grapes will do well here, others won’t survive the harsh winter. With new technology it is now so easy to test the sweetness of the grapes, and their alcohol content, using a refractometer.
We were taken through the process of making wine all the way to the labeling. Tony’s wine is vinted in Portuguese style.
At the end of the tour there was wine tasting. Wine tasting is available from Friday through Sunday.
The large patio is inviting and a place were you will want to sit, drink some wine and watch some majestic sunsets over the Catskill Mountains.
Contact information for Clermont Vineyards & Winery
Address 241 County Route 6, Clermont NY 12526 (Post office is Germantown)
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Things near the Winery
Cue to go– A barbecue place directly across from the winery