Benmarl Winery: Amazing Views & Even Better Wine | Ulster County NY

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*Due to the continued concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, Benmarl Winery is currently closed for tastings. Check their website for updated information and curbside pickup days and times.

Can I be straight with you?
Growing up in the Bronx, I naively thought that New York in the Fall was only about picking apples. We would take the drive up North and go apple picking almost every season. No one ever in my life mentioned that the Hudson Valley was also ‘Wine Country’.

Now that we live in Ulster County, we are surprised to be surrounded by so many wonderful Wineries and Vineyards.

After following a recommendation from a family member, I decided my first visit to a Winery would be to Benmarl Winery, in Marlboro, NY.

Benmarl Winery and the rusted truck that welcomes you in the front

HELPFUL INFORMATION/TIPS FOR VISING BENMARL WINERY:
> The best time of the year to visit Benmarl Winery is during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. 

> Although Benmarl Winery hosts winter events, most of the grounds are not accessible because of ice and snow. 

> During the Summer and Fall events, food is allowed at the events. No outside beverages are allowed, though, but you can bring a picnic, especially to the Sangria Festivals and the Grape Stomping Events. 

60 Seconds of Benmarl Winery Marlboro NY | Hudson Valley Wine

Visiting Benmarl Winery:

VISITING HOURS:
January 16th – March 31st: Thur – Sun (12-5pm)
(Benmarl’s Wood-fired Pizza Oven, Bakery & Sweet Shop will not be open unless noted on Social Media)
April 1st – December 31st: Mon – Sun (12-5pm)
TASTINGS:
$15 per person – sample of 6 wines
WEBSITE:
www.benmarl.com

What is Benmarl Winery? 

Benmarl Winrey is America’s Oldest Vineyard and boasts an award-winning collection of wines. Among its 37 acres, Benmarl Winery is the location for premier wines and impeccable hospitality.  

In addition to their tasting room, and banquet room, Benmarl hosts tours of the Cellar and offer their visitors a wonderful tour.

According to their Website:
“Nestled in the lush green hills of Marlboro you will find Benmarl Winery. Overlooking the Historic Hudson River Valley, it’s 37 acre estate lays claim to the oldest vineyard in America.”

View of Benmarl Winery with sunflowers

Where is Benmarl Winery Located?

Benmarl Winery is located in Marlboro, NY. It is on the border of Orange County and Ulster County in the Mid-Hudson Valley. North of the town in Newburgh, NY, Benmarl Winery is located in the hills of Marlboro, NY and overlooks the beautiful Hudson Valley. 

Grape Vines lined up at Benmarl Winery
Summer Sunflower at Benmarl Winery

Benmarl Winery is easy to find and is located off of Route 9W.

Patrons coming from the North and South, will be happy about the close proximity of Benmarl Winery to major highways and local bridges. 

ADDRESS:
Benmarl Winery
156 Highland Ave
Marlboro, NY 12542

Benmarl Winery Events

– Benmarl Winery in the Winter –

My first visit to Benmarl Winery happened in the Winter of 2015 during their Special Valentine’s Day Wine and Cheese/Chocolate Tasting.

Although the grounds were covered in snow, we looked out the window of the tasting room and fell in love with the spectacular views of the Hudson Valley.

Set high up in hills of Marlboro, NY this winery offers the most amazing views of the Hudson Valley. 

You will not be disappointed with a visit during the Winter months.

Benmarl Winery pizza and bakery area
This area is where they have the bakery & pizza oven
The Benmarl Winery Bed & Breakfast
Benmarl’s Bed & Breakfast

Benmarl Winery Valentine’s Event

The wine selections are amazing.

During the event we sampled 6 different wines. These wines were accompanied by a small tray of cheese and chocolates. 

During the event, you are instructed to pair the wines with either a cheese or a chocolate, all according to the guide offered to us.

Glasses from the Benmarl Winery Valentine's Day Weekend event

The guide instructs you regarding which wine pairs with either the cheese or chocolate. Everything was delicious and we enjoyed ourselves very much, that we decided we would have to make a return visit during the summer.

At the time of this posting, this event is $25 per person (souvenir glass included)

Wine & Cheese event at Benmarl Winery in Marlboro NY
Benmarl Winery barrels in front of tasting room
Gazebo on the grounds of Benmarl Winery

– Benmarl Winery in the Summer –

Fast forward to the summer and my husband and I bought tickets to their Annual Sangria Festival.

Program given during the Sangria Festival at Benmarl Winery
People sitting near the gazebo at the Sangria Festival at Benmarl Winery

On the day of the event, the heat index reached 100 degrees, but we made the best of it, as Benmarl Winery offered a tented area that provided an ample amount of shade. Although the temperatures were sky high, the visitors to Benmarl Winery all enjoyed themselves.

Benmarl Winery's view from the entrance

Delicious sangria, paired with great food and wonderful company made for an epic, hot Sumer day event. 

During the Sangria Festival, there are several varieties of Sangria to sample. You’re given a punch card and can sample several sangria flavors with the option to buy more (by the glass or by the pitcher).

Festival visitors waiting for Sangria at Benmarl Winery in Marlboro, NY

I am happily surprised to see that it is also a family-friendly event, with children dancing and enjoying themselves alongside their families. Best of all, this is also a pet-friendly event, with many patrons bringing their dogs along for the fun. 

In addition to the Sangria tastings, there is also food for sale and live music and flamenco dancers to entertain the crowd.

Dog at the Sangria Festival at Benmarl Winery

During the festival, we also took some time and participated in the Cellar tour. Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable.

The history of this beautiful place was mesmerizing.

Guide during the Cellar tour at Benmarl Winery.
Wine displayed during the cellar tour at Benmarl Winery

Everyone had a great time!

At the time of this posting, this event is $25 per person (souvenir glass included)

Live music at Benmarl Winery's Sangria Festival
Music at the Sangria Festival
Flamenco dancers at Benmarl Winery
Flamenco Dancers at the Sangria Festival
Wine glass and grape vines at Benmarl Winery

– Benmarl Winery in the Fall –

We were lucky enough that our local school district offered an opportunity to have family portraits taken at Benmarl Winery in the Fall.

We love having fun as a family and we find any moment worth enjoying. We are a funny bunch!

After the family photos was taken, we decide that is was a good idea to enjoy our own photo shoot on the Benmarl grounds. The gorgeous grounds became the backdrop for our own impromptu fun photo shoot. 

Old pickup truck with barrels at the entrance to the tasting room at Benmarl Winery
Awards displayed at the entrance to the tasting room at Benmarl Winery
Statue on the grounds of Benmarl Winery
Sitting area in the tasting room at Benmarl Winery

More Events at Benmarl Winery

Check their website and Facebook page often, as they host many events during the Spring, Summer, and Fall months.

The following events take place on a yearly basis (unless otherwise noted):
> Dog Day Afternoon
Bring your dog! Dog vendors, organizations, and animal rescues from all over the Hudson Valley will be in our courtyard mingling with you and our four-legged friends, along with live music and (of course!) wine tastings!

> September & October Grape Stomping Events
Come breath in the fall, stomp grapes, drink wine and dance to live music at this all time favorite event. 

> Benmarl Winery and Hudson Valley Seafood All You Can Eat Seafood Picnic
Gather the family together, load the kids into the wagon, and come out to one of the most stunning and beautiful farm -vineyards in the Hudson River Valley.

A FEW THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR VISIT TO BENMARL WINERY:
> This place is good for: Couples, Friend Outings

> Cost: As of the time of this posting, regular tastings are $15 p/p for a six (6) wine tasting

> Special events vary in price ($25+ p/p)

> Larger groups should make reservations

> Benmarl Winery sells Wood-Fired Pizza, but call ahead to make sure that it is available on the day you plan to visit

> They offer a Wine Club (details on website)

> They own a small Bed & Breakfast on the premises (check availability on their website)

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