Hudson River Region AVA

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Hudson River Region AVA
Wine region
Hudson River Valley.jpg
Hudson River Valley running through New York
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1982[1]
Part ofNew York
Climate regionContinental
Total area224,000 acres (90,650 ha)[2]
Size of planted vineyards500 acres (202 ha)[3]
Grapes producedBaco noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cayuga, Chambourcin, Chancellor, Chardonnay, Chelois, De Chaunac, Frontenac, Lemberger, Marechal Foch, Merlot, Pinot noir, Riesling, Seyval blanc, St. Pepin, Traminette, Vidal blanc[3]
No. of wineries30[3]

The Hudson River Region AVA is an American Viticultural Area around the Hudson River in eastern New York. The region is home to the oldest continuously operating winery in North America, the Brotherhood Winery, established in 1839. The oldest continuously cultivated vineyard in North America is also located in the Hudson River Region AVA, and is today operated by Benmarl Winery.

Most vineyards in the region are located within 2 miles (3.2 km) of the river. The Hudson River flows from north to south, and most vineyards are planted on hills on the western side of the river, where early morning sunshine can rapidly warm the vines. Ocean breezes channeled north up the river help to moderate the climate in the region, making it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than surrounding areas. The hardiness zone ranges from 7a to 6a.

The most important grape varieties in the area are French hybrids and cool-climate Vitis vinifera varieties.[3]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.47 Hudson River Region." Archived 2012-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Feb. 7, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute, The (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State" Archived 2008-01-27 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved Feb. 7, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d Appellation America (2007). "Hudson River Region (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Feb. 7, 2008.

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