Saratoga Springs may be outside of any of New York's officially recognized American Viticulture Areas, but there's still plenty of great wine grapes grown in the area. New York state actually produces the most wine in the U.S. after California and Washington. The region grows traditional wine grapes, as well as some unique American hybrids developed by area universities. You're sure to find a wine you've never tried before when you visit these wineries in Saratoga Springs.
Saratoga Winery | 462 Route 29 Saratoga Springs | (518) 584-9463
Just a few miles west of our Saratoga boutique hotel The Downtowner this winery in Saratoga Springs has the sweetest tasting room set up. With a rustic feel, the tasting room patio is a comfortable place to enjoy sampling the wines produced on site. Whether you like crisp whites or fruity reds, you'll find a varietal you enjoy. Weekends bring live music and wood-fired pizza, while the winery partners with the Spa City Brew Bus to offer a Sip 'n Sail afternoon boat cruise on Saratoga Lake.
Oliva Vineyards | 250 Excelsior Ave, Saratoga Springs | (518) 350-4515
The owners of this Saratoga winery love for wine and horseracing are combined in this passion project—a winery with a thoroughbred stable. The Oliva family moved to Saratoga almost 20 years ago to breed and race horses, and Tony, a home winemaker, started a winery on his horse farm as well. Enjoy a tasting in the newly constructed tasting room, also home to the family's other venture, Race City Brewing Co. Beer and wine lovers alike will be happy sampling the results of this family-owned venture.
Victory View Vineyard | 11975 NY-40, Schaghticoke | (518) 461-7132
You'll need to drive 30 minutes east to find this farm winery, but the trip can be a lovely part of an afternoon exploring the countryside that surrounds Saratoga Springs. Sample some of the unique varietals like Marquette and Lacrosse in the tasting room or reserve your spot on a tour of the winery, where you'll get an in-depth look at the winemaking process. You'll love learning about (and tasting!) the wines of Saratoga Springs at this family-run winery.