Did you know that New York State's Hudson Valley is the oldest grape-growing/wine-making region in the nation and that this beautiful area offers an incredible selection of wineries and vineyards, many within easy driving distance of Bergen County?

Visiting Hudson Valley vineyards and wineries during the summer and fall seasons is a real treat for Bergen County day-trippers. The weather is agreeable, foliage is peaking and most wineries are busy with festivals and other activities. The area also features Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Storm King Art Center, Castle Fun Center in Chester, West Point and other area attractions. Of course, it's hard to beat the natural beauty that is the Hudson Valley during the autumn foliage season.

The following is a directory of Hudson Valley destinations, all within relatively easy driving distance from the North Jersey area.

Situated on a beautiful 35-acre vineyard with a pasture-like setting, complete with a stone home built in 1786, Baldwin Vineyards is open for vineyard tours, wine tastings, live music, outdoor and indoor picnic areas and more from March through December (Thursday-Sunday) from noon till 5:00 pm.

The wine selection at Baldwin Vineyards is also worth the trip. They offer 15 different wines, several of which are award winning. In fact, Baldwin's ‎Strawberry‬ Wine‬ was awarded "Best Fruit Wine of the Year" in the 2015 New York Wine & Food Classic competition.

Every Saturday and Sunday in September and October, guests at Baldwin Vineyards have the opportunity to experience scrumptious delights at the annual Strawberry, Wine & Chocolate Festival.

176 Hardenburgh Road, Pine Bush, New York, 845-744-2226

Clearview Vineyard offers wine tastings, vineyard tours and live entertainment. Relax on their 600 square foot porch and take in the breathtaking views. Enjoying live music with an excellent glass of wine is one of life's great pleasures. Frank and Karen Graessle, owner-operators of Clearview, have both areas well-covered with a great selection of wines and a robust calendar of live music throughout the spring season. Wine tastings at Clearview Vineyard include six wines and a wine glass featuring the Clearview logo. You'll also want to enjoy a tour of the winery and take in the incredible view from the top of Clearview's vineyard.

Clearview Lane Warwick, New York, 845-651-2838

Palaia Winery & Vineyards, located just 25 miles from the Bergen County border and 5 miles from Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, has been a working farm since 1784 when it was purchased from none other than Aaron Burr. Once a dairy farm, it is now home to 10+ acres of vineyards and 32 beautiful acres of land. The vineyard features Cabernet Franc, Traminette, Lemberger and Pinot Noir. The original 200+ year old barn has been restored, preserving the original look and feel of this historic building. It now houses a beautiful, clean winery on the lower level, with a tasting room above. Palaia Winery & Vineyards offer a great calendar of special events throughout the fall season and beyond. In fact, they are one of the premier venues for live music in the Hudson Valley, with a 40’ outside covered stage and tent, and two rooms inside as well for winter shows. Labor Day Sunday is the popular Neil Young Festival to benefit “Zylofone” a charity that benefits children with special needs. The annual Palaia Harvest Festival is held in September. Most festivals are kid-friendly, with bouncy houses, free wagon rides and other entertainment options for children. Beyond the wine tasting experience, Palaia Winery & Vineyards features a cafe' and additional food options are available outside in the wine shack on Saturday nights and during festivals.

10 Sweet Clover Road, Highland Mills, New York, 845-928-5384

Just 45 minutes from Bergen County, Pennings Farm Market in Warwick, New York has been a fall family fun destination for local families for several decades. From UPick apples and pumpkins, to hayrides and kiddie fun, to the fabulous beer garden, Pennings Farm Market really does have something wonderful for every member of the family.

The 60+ acres of apple orchards at Pennings Farm Market offer over 15 varieties of apples for picking beginning September. The U-Pick season also features hayrides, pumpkin picking, pony rides, a kiddie coral with children's games, barnyard buddies, painted pumpkins, kid treats like ice cream and kettle corn, live music, outdoor dining and more.

One of the highlights of any visit to Pennings Farm is a stop at the incredible farm market. Locally made products from over 30 local vendors include fresh baked pies, apple cider donuts, bread, cookies, jams, jellys, honey, cheeses, meat, cheese, free range eggs, produce, dairy products, handmade soaps, honey, and more. You'll also find a large selection of fall offerings including gords, cornstalks, pumpkins and mums.

Another must-visit spot at Pennings Farm Market is the garden center. Open daily from April through December, this fully stocked garden center has everything to fulfill your lawn and garden needs including annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, mulch, soil, pottery, outdoor furniture, and seasonal items.

How many fall family farms feature their own beer garden? Well, Pennings Farm Market does! Open May to November, the Pennings outdoor beer garden/bar offers craft beer, wine, hard cider, live music, picnic table seating, and lawn games. All in a kid-friendly environment. The menu at the grill changes seasonally to incorporate local ingredients and gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options including a selection of salads and sandwiches, quesadillas, hamburgers, hotdogs, chili, soup and more. On select weekends they even have food trucks offering other cuisine options.

Visit the Events section of penningsfarmmarket.com to view the robust and ever-changing calendar of special events.

161 South Route 94, Warwick, New York, 845-986-1059

Marlboro, New York is a breathtakingly beautiful community with a rich agricultural heritage and farming landscape. Standing out from the many pick-your-own farms, B&Bs, scenic hiking trails, dining and jazz clubs in the Marlboro area is Stoutridge Vineyard, a premium estate winery located just a half mile from the Hudson River.

Stoutridge is a gravity winery, meaning they never use pumps or filters in their winemaking nor do they add chemical processing to their wines or "fine" their wines with gelatins, tannins or clays. They do not add water or sugar, nor do they chemically adjust the acidity of their wines. In short, wines at Stoutridge Vineyards are very nearly unprocessed and in a very natural state.

Stoutridge features three distinct and very scenic estate vineyard sites, each consisting of different sections. This 'sectioning' may be caused by differences in soils, microclimates, sun exposures or by clonal variations within a grape variety which is planted at the site.

The popular wine tastings at Stoutridge Vineyard feature a detailed and fascinating description of winemaking, including an explanation of the Stoutridge natural wines philosophy.

10 Ann Kaley Lane, Marlboro, New York, 845 236 7620

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