Bully Hill Vineyards
Born in response to a remarkable family tale of activism and intrigue (a grandfather’s winemaking legacy originating in the 1870s is taken over by corporate subterfuge, later involving a legal battle with the likes of Coca-Cola), Bully Hill Vineyards has a rather storied past. Started in the 1960s, the winery employs a whole host of eco-friendly practices: recycling winery wastewater through reed canary grass fields, which are mowed to become vineyard mulch; using tangential-flow filtration to remove diatomaceous elements; even reusing fryer oil from the restaurant to fuel its vineyard tractors.
Over 40 different wines, which they bottle in recycled glass, are available, including blush wines, a Bordeaux-style estate red, chardonnay riesling, seyval blanc, and a range of boxed wines. The grounds also house a museum dedicated to the family’s history as vintners, a showcase for antique wine-making equipment, gift shops, and a restaurant that serves lunch and weekend brunch.
Distance from NYC: 4 hours, 40 minutes