Established in 2007, Tug Hill Vineyards is owned and operated by Michael and Susan Maring. Their first vintage was released in Spring 2011 and they now offer more than 12 wines.
There is five acres at the vineyard for blueberries picking and also three acres for raspberries. After picking our own raspberries and blackberries, we would definitely do this another time to make another ganache cake. We were at Tug Hill Vineyards for one of the most popular Sunday Brunch options in North Country. The Sunday brunch is offered from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
We received a gift of a bottle of White Out from their first vintage and paired it with a reisling jam and honey pork loin. White Out is an oaked ruby red wine made from locally grown Frontenac grapes. A semi-dry wine it boasts a distinctive cherry aroma and inviting palette of blackberry and plum for $14.99.
The mimosas, wine spritzers, Tug Hill Breeze and other alcoholic drinks are served until noon on Sundays. It is New York Law.
The dessert display was quite impressive and we had a difficult time deciding what to sample. There was fresh fruit, apple cake, kaluha whipped cream, strawberry baklava, blueberry mini muffins, cinnamon rolls and much more.The table’s two favorites was the strawberry baklava and apple cake. The mini muffins and fruit cobbler were good, but nothing memorable.
Below the dining and porch area is the Wine Cellar which sells wine related products and wine. We love our bamboo wine holder we received as a holiday gift. We purchased a case of 12 bottles (with a 10% case discount).
We did a wine tasting in the outside area, but within the Wine Cellar there are indoor tastings too. The pricing of the wine tasting was $3 for a 6 wines tasting and $5 to taste all their wines.
We actual gathered a lot of insight from the Boston based daughter of Marings who provided us with our outdoor tasting. She mentioned her parents actually created the Vineyard years later after she mentioned as a teenager she would love to own a vineyard one day. Her parents joked that she should meet a Californian boy and that’s how she’ll get her vineyard. When she was in college, her parents sold their landscaping business and actually purchased Tug Hill Vineyards.
Our favorite was White Out and the 43 Lat Red Is a full-bodied red wine enhanced by “noble rot”, these dehydrated grapes produce very concentrated sugars. There are honey and spice characteristics, The price of the bottle is $12.99.
Other folks in our party purchased bottles of LaCrescent Is a French American hybrid with a perfect balance of sweetness and natural acidity, its lush flavors and enticing aromas of citrus and pineapple ($14.99) and Tail Light Red is a sweet red wine made from Frontenac grapes. This fruity wine balances aromas of cherry and blackberry with a clean crisp finish for $10.99.