CHRISTOPHER JACOBS WINERY at Pennings Vineyards

THIRD GENERATION FARMER Christopher Pennings and wife Monica planted their first block of grapes in 2006. “It’s been quite the adventure for us. We’ve had our successes and our challenges, but we’ve always maintained our love for family and farm.”

Chris enjoys focusing on the vineyard and farm management side of the business.  “Agriculture is in my blood,” he says to justify to his wife and sons, Christopher and Jacob, his long hours of physical labor in soil and sun.

Monica toils with the wine making craftsmanship. “I am a novice on the vintner’s stage, and I’m smitten by the endless intricacies of winemaking,” she says.

“I focus on balancing the practical and passionate aspect of creating a Hudson Valley Region wine, simply for the enjoyment of its flavor, aroma and taste.”

What started as a hobby has quickly developed into a growing farm winery business. Following in the footsteps of Chris’s father’s and brother’s agricultural business (Pennings Orchard), seedless table grapes were planted for a U-Pick operation which launched in 2015. A healthy snack, distinct from California grapes, these culinary treats are known for their flavors of pineapple, peach, and Muscat. Late summer into early September is a great time of year for kids to pick and eat grapes, while mom or dad relax with a glass of wine at the winery.ChrisJacobs_03_Me & Chris 2015

Eventually the couple focused on crafting an apple wine. Monica poured herself into all things cider, and crafted an apple wine unique to the family’s namesake. They will release their first apple wine, Appleoosa, this year. The 375ml bottle will sell for $8.00, and will tickle the taste buds of all apple lovers.

The outdoor tasting venue at Pennings boasts vineyard, mountain and meadow views. A private country setting, delectable wine, picnic area, live music scheduled once or twice per month, finger foods available for purchase, all nestled in rural Pine Bush. New for 2016: a cozy, barnside enclave for when the weather gets fussy.

The Essentials

Name

CHRISTOPHER JACOBS WINERY AT PENNINGS VINEYARDS

Address

320 Crawford St.
Pine Bush, NY 12566

Phone

845-728-8066

Website

www.christopherjacobswinery.com

Open

May 25–Oct 31, only,

Sat–Sun,12–5pm

Closed

New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Christmas

Tasting Fee

$4.00

Tours

Free

Farm Acreage

40

Owners

Christopher and Monica Pennings

Manager

Christopher and Monica Pennings

Winemakers

Christopher and Monica Pennings

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