Monday, October 10, 2016

Ryan & Ryan Insurance Brokers Customer of the Month for October is.....


A transformed 125 year-old dairy farm is the magnificent home to Clermont Vineyards & Winery, located in Clermont, New York. Producing fine wines of the Hudson Valley in the vinted Portuguese tradition since 2014, Clermont Vineyards & Winery, a small family business, is owned and operated by cousins Tony Trigo and Vasco Meireles. In 2004, after proving that making wine from purchased grapes was unsuccessful, the partners planted their own 4,000 vines on 7 acres of land.  Today, these vines have flourished into producing award-winning wines.  In 2008, Tony retired from the Port Authority of NY & NJ as a Senior Construction Safety Engineer.  Vasco continues to work for a construction company in NY.  Both men contribute to the success of the vineyards in their own way. Tony handles most of the planning at Clermont, and Vasco has proven himself as a great winemaker.  

At Clermont Vineyards & Winery, an on-site modified destemmer (crusher machine) helps to replicate the foot stomping method of winemaking from years ago in Portugal. The idea of  growing great grapes with the minimum amount of non-restricted (safer) chemical sprays, prompted Tony to designed and built their own tunnel sprayer.  At the beginning of each growing season, the tunnel sprayer recycles 80-90% of the spray chemicals, contributing to the efficiency of the design of the machine.

When visiting Clermont Vineyards & Winery, you will be greeted by Clermont’s welcoming staff and led to either an expansive tasting room or one of their two large outdoor seating areas to sample award winning wines. Clermont Vineyards offers several wine varieties including Aurore, Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc, and Vidal Blanc white grape wines, Arandell, Cabernet Franc, Corot Noir, Lemberger, Marquette, and Noiret red grape wines, and a few other French/ American hybrid red grape wines, all of which are 100% grown on-site. Clermont’s Cabernet Franc took home top honors in 2015, receiving the Gold Medal at the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition.  Many customers also choose to take advantage of the gorgeous 15 acre site and picturesque views by enjoying a picnic or grabbing a bite from a local eatery.  

Tony states that all it took was talking to a neighbor while sweeping his sidewalk, who mentioned Bob’s business, Ryan and Ryan Insurance Brokers, as the local agent he used for his insurance needs.  The rest was history.

When visiting the Hudson Valley, come, stay, and enjoy the charming views with a glass of your favorite award-winning wine at Clermont Vineyards & Winery, 241 County Rt. 6, Germantown, NY. (845.663.6611) You can also visit their website @