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Benmarl Winery In 3 Seasons: Which Do You Prefer?

Award Winning wines at Benmarl Winery in Marlboro, NY

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

Helpful Information/Tips for Visiting 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. 

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.”

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. 

Benmarl Winery is easy to find and is located off of Route 9W, just North of Newburgh, NY. 

It is easily accessible by car, as it 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. 

Benmarl Winery Events

– Benmarl Winery in the Winter –

My first visit to Benmarl Winery happened in the Winter of 2015  when they host a 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. 

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The wine selections are amazing too!

During the visit 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.

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)

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– Benmarl Winery in the Summer –

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

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. 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).

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.

Everyone had a great time!

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

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This is what happens when you visit the Walkway over the Hudson

– 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. 

Have fun wherever you are and whenever possible! 

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Jumping pics at Benmarl Winery inMarlboro, NY
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Kids jumping at Benmarl Winery in Marlboro, NY

More Events at Benmarl Winery

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

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 $10 p/p for a six (6) wine tasting
    • Special events vary in price ($25+ p/p)
  • Hours: April-December (Sun-Thurs: 12-6pm/Fri: 12-8pm/Sat 11-6pm)
    • Jan 13th – Mar (Fri-Sun: 12-5pm)
  • 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)

For Additional & Updated Information about Benmarl Winery,
visit their:


Benmarl Winery
156 Highland Ave
Marlboro, NY 12542

With so many choices of Vineyards and Wineries in the Hudson Valley, which do you think I should visit next?

Until the Next Adventure…

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Jackie is the HV blogger behind Hudson Valley Exposed, featuring the hottest things to do, places to see and weekend getaways. Get information from a local who is seeing it all! She lives in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region with her hubby, kids, and doggies.

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