While New York City is usually the place to go for a nice night out, but one place that stole the hearts of locals and tourists alike years ago. Just an hour outside the city, it is a renowned vineyard in Hillburn that flocks of people gather to experience everything there is to offer at Torne Valley Vineyard. Run by owners Jonathon France, his wife Debbie, brother Stephen, and sister-in-law Kim, visitors gain the most incredible experience when partaking in the wine tasting festivities.
Hudson Valley is a historic region and has many incredible pieces of architecture. Torne Valley Vineyard is not an exception. When owner’s France and his family found the place they were facing an incredible, 19th century country estate. The Victorian mansion was heavily worked on to preserve the historic architecture. It cost the owners of the Vineyard around 2 million dollars to fully renovate the building. They installed modern features to the gothic-style château to make it comfortable and livable for the family as well as have convenient functionality for guests. Even now, plans to add a 14-room inn are underway for future use.
Once renovations were complete in 2009, the France family went to work acquiring zoning permission and finally planting their first crops. Since then, the vineyard began to grow and flourish. Currently, the owners are proud to say that they produce eight wines since Jonathan took over as head wine maker a couple of years ago. Now, they are open to visitors on the weekends. The vineyard has outdoor and indoor seating available and outside there is a lovely view of Ramapo river.
Torne Valley Vineyard are open all year and hold events for all guests. These wine tastings are no small matter. The France family cater foods such as paninis, salads, and of course, cheese as well as other items specially crafted to compliment the wine. They have live music every weekend during the summer. On Thursdays and Fridays, they bring in the Jazz. These tastings have room to accommodate 150 to 200 guests at a time and are expecting to do more.
The Torne dream started with Jonathon whom appreciated food and wine. The idea to start a vineyard was partly inspired by Debbie’s cousin in France, whom not only owned her own château and vineyard, but also sold it just to buy another. Originally they had bought Torne Valley Vineyard as an investment, now years later it is a go to place for good food, great wine, incredible music, and unbelievable service.