|Karen and Frank Graessle (photo provided)|
Clearview Vineyard stood out from most of the nation's 8,700 commercial wineries in the publication's rankings of "Top Vineyards Across the U.S." The businses, located at 35 Clearview Lane, off Route 94/17A between the villages of Florida and Warwick, was founded in 2007 with a planting of 900 vines on just under two acres. Owners Frank and Karen Graessle opened a very modest winery in 2010 in a two-and-a-half car garage, offering tastings on a canopy-covered wooden platform.
Growth came quickly, with construction in 2013 of a 3,800 square-foot facility with a large covered porch, opening of a tasting room the same year, and membership in the Shawangunk Wine Trail.
The Graessles now grow eight varieties of grapes and purchase several others to produce a portfolio of seven red and five white wines.This year, they added local beer, ale and hard cider on tap in the tasting room.The facility also offers The Blackboard Café serving finger foods to go with the beverages.
Clearview Vineyard, located about an hour and 45 minute drive from downtown Albany, is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. April to mid-December, with food and live music on weekends.
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