IN 1982, THE BALDWINS purchased a farm which had been the Hardenburgh Estate since 1786, including a stone home and 18,000 square feet of out buildings situated on 37 acres of prime alluvial farmland.
In the Fall of 1982, the first vintage was vinified using grapes purchased locally, and the winery opened in July 1983 with five wines, three of which were awarded medals at the New York State Wine Competition.
Baldwin Vineyards has spent the past 30 years garnering awards for their Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, Brut Champagne, Port and a dozen other wines, but pioneered New York’s entry into the premium fruit wine category.
Starting with their Strawberry Wine in 1985 (Best fruit wine at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2006 and 2007); they added Spiced Apple and Black Raspberry wines which have gathered many more awards over the years. The Black Raspberry Wine, alone, has won numerous gold medals in wine competitions, including the 2013 Gold Medal at the International Eastern Wine Competition.
Most recently, Baldwin Vineyards garnered three gold medals for all three berry wines: Double Gold for their Strawberry Wine; and Gold for their Raspberry Wine and Trilogy (Red Raspberry) at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, making them the best fruit wines in the competition of more than 3,500 entrants! Their Strawberry Wine and Trilogy was also awarded a Silver Medal at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and they won Best Fruit Wine in New York State at the New York Food and Wine Classic in 2012.
The Baldwin’s philosophy on fruit wines, which began a trend throughout the entire Northeast, was to vinify fruit wines as premium varietal wines, rather than the old tradition of adding water and other less expensive fruit juices to bring down the cost. Instead of making the fruit wines dry, as was the tradition, the Baldwins finished their fruit wines so they tasted like the fruit they started from.
Baldwin Vineyards is now a second generation winery. Pat and Jack’s daughter, Wendy and her husband Alex are creating an atmosphere where customers want to relax, kick their feet up and enjoy the delicious wines made in the classic Baldwin style.
Strawberry, Chocolate & Wine Festivals
The food makes all the vibrant flavors in the wines stand out, and the desserts taste much better accompanied by the various wines. Imagine tasting cheesecake with a Port or Ice Wine, strawberry shortcake with Brut Champagne or Late Harvest Riesling, or chocolate desserts with Strawberry or Black Raspberry Wine.
Feel free to contact us via phone at (845) 744-2226 or visit us at 176 Hardenburgh Rd, Pine Bush, NY.