Fraleigh's Rose Hill Farm
Though the historic Rose Hill Farm has been in existence since 1798, its expansion into winemaking is far more recent—its homegrown label of wines, cider, and fruit ferments launched in January of 2020. Ownership has changed hands from the original family of seventh-generation farmers to its current stewards, a family who remains faithful to preserving the resources and land through renewable energy, water conservation, and responsible farming practices. The main barn was recently rebuilt as a winery and cider production facility and tasting room.
Natural grape wines, naturally fermented ciders, and fruit ferments are subjected to low-intervention methods at Rose Hill—fermented with naturally occurring yeast and generally without the addition of sulfur. With their wines, it’s the fruit that’s the star—with pét-nats made from blueberries, Shiro plums, and cherries, as well as a variety of sparkling apple ciders. The Taproom is open for tastings, and visitors can enjoy plenty of seasonal fruit picking—cherries, apricots, plums, peaches—on the farm’s holistic orchards.
Distance from NYC: 2 hours