A Tale of Two Castles
Updated: Oct 17, 2022
“What time is the joust?” was the first thing that popped into my head upon arrival at Horton Vineyards. The tasting room literally looks like a medieval castle. We began our tasting quest with the Eclipse White, a semi-sweet whose hints of pear make it the perfect backyard BBQ sipper. For those seeking something on the drier side, look no further than Stonecastle White, which closely resembles a Traminette. Speaking of BBQ’s, pig roast fans will relish the velvety sweetness of Eclipse Red. The semi-dry Castle Blush with its strawberry notes came across as more of a Rose while true sweet wine devotees will fall in love with Sweet Concord. With its majestic wines and décor, Horton Vineyards offers an experience that will make you feel like royalty.
While Castle Hill Cider does not have an actual castle on its premises, the 600-acre estate is nothing short of kingly. Perched atop a hill overlooking a lake, Castle Hill’s tasting room boasts exquisite views of the surrounding mountains, live music, great food and a diverse selection of hard ciders. Our favorites include Serendipity 2020, a slightly sweet blend of Harrison and Black Twig apples, the lemony fresh Dry Hopped 2020, and 1764 with its caramel notes. If you wish to experience true bliss, I highly recommend enjoying a glass of cider out on the Adirondack chairs overlooking the lake.