All four seasons impact all five of our senses in a different way. In the fall, we enjoy the sight of vibrant colors, the feel of crisp cool air, the taste of warm cider doughnuts, and the scent of cinnamon sticks. There are, of course, several sounds associated with autumn. There is the sound of the crispy bite into the first apple of the season, the crunch of leaves on the walk to school, and a crackling fire on cool fall evenings at home. Has the fall season ever brought to mind the pop of a wine cork and the clinking of glasses? In the Adirondacks, this is a sound to welcome the autumnal equinox with! Several local farms and orchards offer wine, hard cider, and tastings upon your visit. Here are three sensational options to try!
Dancing Ewe Farm
181 County Route 12, Granville, NY 12832
Enjoy a farm to table lunch or dinner in the barn and an amazing tour of the sheep farm to learn how the farm’s ricotta, olive oil, and other incredible products are made. But first, sip prosecco and nibble on the Italian aperitivo while you select which wine you desire to have served with your homemade meal of farm fresh ingredients. The owners of this farm will describe the regions and tastes of each wine selection. The owners offer fascinating knowledge with a combination of their rich histories of Italian heritage and New York farming. Join them for a special event, The Wine Maker’s Dinner, December 8th and 9th, hosted by winemaker, Leonardo from Parmoleto, featuring a 5 course tasting menu highlighting his wines!
Slyboro Cider House
18 Hicks Road, Granville, NY 12832
Pick your own apples, see breathtaking views of Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondack Mountains, eat hot cider doughnuts and see them being made, shop at the country store, and visit the farm winery! Bring home a bottle of still, sparkling, or ice cider. Ranging from dry to sweet, these wines are made using orchard apples. The taste is so incredible that with each sip, you will be transported to standing in the middle of the apple orchard on a cool bright autumn day. Salut!
1174 Route 29, Schuylerville, NY 12871
In addition to apple picking, baked goods from scratch and apple cider, visit Saratoga Apple to enjoy the New York State craft beer and hard cider tasting room! Open year-round, the ever expanding selection includes six New York Beers and six New York Hard Ciders on tap to try and to take home! An excursion to this orchard is fun in the fall and during any time of the year!
There is so much to experience during each season in upstate New York. This autumn, delight your senses in the Adirondacks and raise a glass to fall foliage, breathtaking mountain views, fresh baked apple pie, and enjoying the fruits of the season.