If you travel into the tasting rooms of some Hudson Valley Wineries you will see wine labeled “Hudson Heritage.” You may ask what is a Hudson Heritage Wine and how did it received it’s classification.
The Hudson Valley Wine &; Grape Association came up with two blends; a white and red that have certain specifications and designated them “Hudson Heritage White, Hudson Heritage Red.
Hudson Heritage White: Must consist of 70-85% Seyval. The rest of the blend can use the following grapes in any percentage: Vidal, Vignoles, Cayuga and Traminette. The wine can have up to 2% residual sugar and malolactic fermentation can not be used. No oak barrels, chips or staves. A Hock style bottle must be used..
Hudson Heritage Red: This wine must consist of a blend of the following grapes: Noriet 35-55%, Dechaunac 35-55% and 20-30% can be other red hybrids. You can age this wine in oak and must be less than 1% of residual sugar. Malolactic fermentation is allowed. A Burgundy style bottle is used.