The fall season is now in full swing! This is the perfect time to enjoy the crisp weather and explore what the Hudson Valley has to offer. Wineries provide the perfect outdoor experience to taste new wines while also enjoying the beautiful fall foliage. Wine is often viewed as the perfect way to wind down and it also comes with health benefits that give people all the reason to have a glass or two.

Health Benefits of Drinking Wine

In recent studies, it was found that drinking wine in moderation has led to improved heart health, reducing the risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease. It has also been found that drinking wine can reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) levels while also increasing HDL (good cholesterol) levels. Most importantly, wine may even reduce the risk of certain cancers. Phenolic compounds found in wine may suppress breast and prostate cancer cells – who knew! With this list of health benefits, wine is the perfect pairing this season.

Local Wineries

The Mid-Hudson Valley provides many options for people looking to visit local wineries. Here are a couple that we think you should know:

Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, located in Millbrook, New York, provides the perfect outdoor experience for visitors to enjoy the scenery of the area while also participating in wine tastings. Millbrook has an extensive portfolio of wines, including Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Tocai Friulano, and many more.

Benmarl Winery also provides beautiful hilltop scenery with their 37-acre plot, notably being the oldest winery in America. Their presence in Marlboro, NY, provides a wonderful experience, distributing quality wine and services to all visitors. Like Millbrook, Benmarl is another outdoor destination that delivers a quality experience this autumn.

Known as America’s oldest winery, Brotherhood Winery offers exquisite selections of wines, tasting flights and guided tours. Located in Washingtonville, NY, this winery provides authentic tours where visitors can take leisure strolls through the underground cellars.

Types of Wine

Because wine comes in all different tastes, here are a few distinguishers when deciding which one is fit for your preference.

Red Wine often has a “bolder” taste than other wines. It contains high amounts of tannin, a natural substance found in grapes. Red wine is often described as “firm” or even “bitter,” so this type is suited for people who aren’t looking for sweet. Popular types of red wine include Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Malbec. White Wine has smaller amounts of tannin but is characterized by acidity. You can find slightly sweeter wines in comparison to red. Popular types include Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Chardonnay, and Riesling. Lastly, Rosé is a blush wine that is pink in color. With less tannin, it is closer to white wine but with a sweeter flavor.

With this wide variety of wines, there are many options to satisfy your taste this fall. A glass or two will not only give you the health benefits listed above, but will also provide a delicious compliment to your meals.