Rivermere is part of the United States garden conservancy and offers several vantage points with serene river views. The gazebo overlooking the stream-fed duck pond, the waterfall area and grand central fountain offer beautiful setting that complements the vineyards. Do stop by to say hello to the resident peacocks as you stroll through the gardens! Flowering trees, seasonal plantings, native and tropical plants round out the collection.
In 1850, the region's second winery was established at Croton Point. The company produced altar wines and also marketed its product in New York City as a medicinal tonic. Although there is no longer a winery there, the subterranean brick caves built by the founders to store and age their wines are still in existence
In October 1867, Harper’s Weekly published a full-page wood engraving of the Underhill vineyards. Entitled “Gathering Grapes—An October Scene on the Hudson,” the image takes us back to the time when Richard T. Underhill was the “grape king” of Croton Point.
How significant were the Underhill vineyards? In his multi-volume History of Wine in America, Thomas Pinney says the Underhills were the “first dynasty in American viticulture... The scale and the long life of their vineyards give them a claim to be the real founders of the winegrowing industry in New York.”
Muscat Ottonel or Muskat-Ottonel is a white wine grape variety that is a member of the Muscat family of Vitis vinifera. It is most notable for its use in dessert wines from Austria, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Croatia and Serbia as well as dry wines from Alsace, Hungary and France. Muscat wine has a sweet and fruity flavor that takes away the dryness of a typical white wine. When mixed with other varieties during fermentation, the deliciously sweet flavors in the wine take on a new dimension.
Sauvignon blanc is a green grape variety that originates from the city of Bordeaux in France.
The grape gets its name from the French words sauvage and blanc, a nod to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France. On the nose, expect pungent, in-your-face aromas ranging from freshly cut grass, peas and asparagus, to tropical and ripe passion fruit, grapefruit, or even mango. On the palate wines taste light bodied with racy acidity and moderate alcohol.
This grape is an acidic, teinturier-type grape variety native to the country of Georgia, where it is used to make many of the region's most well-known wines. It is an ancient grape variety from the most ancient winemaking region of the world.
This is a red grape mostly grown in the Trentino area in Italy. The name Teroldego means “the little sour one”. It is often compared to another grape, Vinci Prosecco, which is known for its delicate flavor. Teroldego has been called the “Champagne of the Alps” because it can be used as an alternative to Champagne when making sparkling wine.
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