Food & Lifestyle: Inside some of the area’s newest breweries, distilleries

By Andrew H. Roiter – Digital producer, Albany Business Review  Oct 27, 2017, 7:10am
It’s been a good year for new and existing breweries, distilleries and wineries in the Albany, New York, area. We stopped by some of these spots to take a look inside, including the new Hudson-Chatham Winery tasting room in Troy. Photos: Donna Abbott-Vlahos



The Hudson-Chatham Winery is in Ghent, where wine is painstakingly produced by hand in a 100-year-old-press. Au natural, baby. The tasting room features noshes to match; think artisanal cheese, honey and jam. Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast have both give their austere, much-desired stamp of approval. Detour: The Winery just opened a tasting room in Troy for those who seek the country flavor, but want local convenience. Sweet and savory light fare is available.

The Hudson-Chatham Winery, based in Columbia County, has opened a new tasting room in downtown Troy, New York, at 203 River St.

The tasting room will serve Hudson-Chatham’s wines, as well as local beers, spirits and ciders. It will also serve some food, including New York State cheeses and treats from Sweet Sues, a bakery that was formerly in that location, for seated tastings or dining.

This is the third tasting room for the winery, owned by Carlo and Dominique DeVito. It has other locations in Ghent and Tannersville.

The Hudson-Chatham Winery joins several other tasting rooms in downtown, including Rare Form Brewing Company’s tasting room on Congress Street and The Beer Diviner on Broadway.

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New winery tasting room opens in Troy, and more in this week’s restaurant and food news

Aug 11, 2017, 7:14am EDT

Winery opens Troy tasting room

Updated 5:09 pm, Friday, August 11, 2017

The Hudson-Chatham Winery has opened its new tasting room for its wines, as well as local beers, spirits and ciders, at 203 River St. in Troy.
Based in Ghent, Columbia County, the winery has been in operation since 2007, has a tasting room in Tannersville, and has won numerous awards. The Troy tasting room will be open Tuesday through Sunday.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hudson-Chatham opens tasting room in downtown Troy

Exterior of Hudson-Chatham Winery’s new Troy tasting room. (photo provided)

Hudson-Chatham Winery’s ongoing expansion plans are moving along nicely. The Columbia County winery and tasting room was founded in 2007, added a second tasting room in 2015, and now has added a third tasting room to its lineup.

The new venue — called Hudson-Chatham Winery Troy — is located at 203 River Street in downtown Troy, briefly the home of Sweet Sues whose chef-owner Sue Dunckel maintains a connection with the site by providing its breakfast and lunch fare. The menu includes, obviously in addition to H-C wines and adult beverages from other local producers, coffee made for the winery by Chris’ Coffee Service of Albany. Plans call for a broadening of the menu to include local artisanal cheese varieties.

Troy hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, although hours may be extended on Fridays and Saturdays. Brunch will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays.

“Everything we do is Hudson Valley or Capital Region,” Carlo DeVito, who runs the winery with his wife Dominique, told local media. “The idea is that it’s local, local, local, local.”

The new venue is managed by Mackenzy Morgan. DeVito said plans are being discussed to add several more satellite tasting rooms at locations to be decided.


New wine tasting room opens in Troy

Hudson-Chatham Winery’s new tasting room at 203 River St. in downtown Troy.
Hudson-Chatham Winery’s new tasting room at 203 River St. in downtown Troy.LAUREN HALLIGAN LHALLIGAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM
Carlo DeVito, owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery in the company’s new tasting room at 203 River St. in downtown Troy.
Carlo DeVito, owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery in the company’s new tasting room at 203 River St. in downtown Troy.LAUREN HALLIGAN LHALLIGAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM


TROY, N.Y.>> There’s a new place to do some tasting in the Collar City’s downtown district.

Hudson-Chatham Winery, located in Columbia County, is opening a tasting room at 203 River St. in downtown Troy, the former location of Sweet Sue’s.

After a sneak peek at Troy River Fest earlier this month, the new business will be open to the public this Fourth of July weekend, followed by a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Troy Downtown Business Improvement District, with details to be announced.

This is the 10-year-old winery’s third tasting room, adding to its on-site tasting location in Ghent, and one opened in 2015 in Tannersville.

The new tasting room will be open Tuesday through Sunday from about 10:30 to 5 p.m. most days, and later on Fridays and Saturdays.

In the daytime, the Troy tasting room will offer breakfast and lunch fare by Sweet Sue’s chef Sue Dunckel, along with coffees made especially for Hudson-Chatham Winery by Albany-based Chris’ Coffee Service. Brunch will be served on Saturdays and Sundays.

Later on, the space will have more of a wine bar vibe with local cheese plates and, of course, wine. The tasting room will offer a variety of Hudson-Chatham wines, as well as other area spirits, beer and cider.

“Everything we do is Hudson Valley or Capital Region,” said owner Carlo DeVito, who runs the winery along with his wife Dominique. “The idea is that it’s local, local, local, local.”

All Hudson-Chatham wines are made using Greene and Columbia county grapes.

The majority of the winery’s products are dry red wines, the most notable being its Baco noirs. The upstate winery was awarded the title of having the highest rated Baco noir in North America, DeVito said.

For those who prefer other styles, Hudson-Chatham Winery makes a little bit of everything, DeVito said, “so we have something for everyone.”

At the new site, customers can do a tasting session of five different wines for $7, or order by the glass or bottle. Bottles will be for sale to take home, too.

The tasting rooms spirits, beer and cider inventory will also be available to drink on premise or purchase to-go.

On why the owners decided to offer products from other local businesses alongside their own, DeVito said they wanted to offer some variety to the consumer, as well as support other producers from the region. “I’m all about local, and there’s a lot of people making really great product and to me it’s an easy way to get it on out,” he said.

Regarding the winery’s most recent expansion to Rensselaer County, “Troy is a great little market,” DeVito said, noting that the demographic includes a younger population that the winery would like to reach.

Furthermore, the district was appealing. “I love this historic downtown area,” DeVito said. “It’s a great neighborhood.”

While there are a number of downtown bars, DeVito believes the tasting room and wine bar will offer something different to the area, because all of its products are strictly local.

Looking ahead at his goals for this new downtown Troy endeavor, DeVito said, “We just want to become a part of the scene. That’s really what we’re thrilled about.”

Run by manager Mackenzy Morgan, this new location will host a schedule of special tasting events and local music.

Once the Troy tasting room is established, the winery owners would like to open a few more in the future, DeVito said.

For more information about Hudson-Chatham Winery visit or call (518) 392-9463.

Further details and updates on the new troy tasting room are available on the Hudson-Chatham Winery Troy Facebook page.