Location to Become a Premier Winery and Concert Venue in the Mid-Hudson Region
Empire State Development today announced the completion of City Winery’s newest wine production facility and concert venue in the Village of Montgomery, Orange County at the former historic 22-acre Worsted Mills, located along the Wallkill River. This new facility includes a restaurant and bar, as well as a multipurpose event space which can host events such as tastings, weddings, corporate galas, and local trade events. The Concerts in the Vineyard Series kicks off at the property’s outdoor amphitheater on June 6th with an exciting lineup of musicians in the weeks to follow.
Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “The Mid-Hudson Region, long known for its natural beauty, historical significance and artistic and cultural legacy, continues to attract interest and investment from beyond the area. City Winery’s newest venue embodies the best of the Mid-Hudson: creating a one-of-kind venue whose appeal combines a piece of the past with a commitment toward the region's future. The Worsted Mills site, which was an important part of the local economy generations ago, has been reclaimed as an exciting, environmentally friendly performance and modern-day production space showcasing what makes this thriving region so special."
Michael Dorf, Founder and CEO of City Winery said, “Admittedly, social distancing circles and masks didn’t figure into my original dream of hosting outdoor shows on this expansive and beautiful lawn surrounded by vineyards, but these safety measures are part of our company’s hospitality practices, and we all embrace them. I am excited to have this opportunity to finally bring live music to the Hudson Valley and have fans fully experience our food and wine options. We are also very proud to be generating our own electricity from the Hydro Electricity from the old mill on the Wallkill River, making our facility and this concert series a fully net zero user of energy. It feels good to emerge from this pandemic with an eye on being environmentally conscious moving forward.”
Founded in New York City in 2008 by Michael Dorf, City Winery combines a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, tastings and private events in several locations across the country. City Winery’s $10 million rehabilitation and expansion pays homage to Worsted Mills history and many parts of the Mills have been repurposed, keeping the original character of the building which helped establish the Village of Montgomery. Originally built as a grist mill in 1813, the current Worsted Mills facility was built in 1892 after a fire destroyed the original structure the prior year. In the years before the acquisition of the building, the Mills were mostly empty, abandoned and falling into disrepair.
The creation of the new wine production facility allows City Winery to centralize their national wine manufacturing operations which will lead to a 50% increase in winemaking capacity. It also allows the company to easily distribute wine from the Hudson Valley across the country, showcasing New York’s contribution to the wine industry on a national scale. City Winery plans to create its own electricity from the Mill’s generators, supported by supplementary solar power. A new on-premises event space, suitable for up to 500 people, will welcome visitors for weddings, large group functions and corporate events.
City Winery has committed to creating 30 new jobs and will support the surrounding community by facilitating activities to support local initiatives.
To encourage the acquisition, design, and rehabilitation of Worsted Mills into a wine production facility and visitor destination, City Winery was awarded an $832,000 capital grant, recommended by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC) during Round 8 of the Regional Council initiative. Additionally, the project was awarded a $240,000 Market New York grant through I LOVE NY, New York State's Division of Tourism, to promote the winery's events.
NYSERDA also awarded City Winery more than $805,000 as the winery will achieve net zero energy performance through efficiency improvements to existing buildings and use of an existing hydroelectric turbine on the Wallkill River.
MHREDC Chair Dr. Donald P. Christian, President, SUNY New Paltz said, “City Winery is a welcome addition to the Mid-Hudson Region's flourishing arts, culture and entertainment scene, and will be a draw for residents and visitors alike looking for unique opportunities. On behalf of the Regional Council, I am excited to see this project come to fruition while breathing new life into one of the area's historic buildings.”
Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO of NYSERDA said, “Congratulations to City Winery on this milestone which showcases a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint through carbon neutral technologies while providing a beautiful venue and business in the Mid-Hudson region. This project successfully merges New York’s history with its clean energy future and demonstrates that renovating historic spaces in a way that helps us combat climate change and support economic development can deliver a number of benefits for communities across the state.”
New York State Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, "I LOVE NY is excited to welcome City Winery to the Hudson Valley as one of the region's newest craft beverage producers and entertainment venues. Through the support of our Market New York program, we look forward to working together with the winery to promote their events that will encourage visitors to explore the region as part of their next New York State vacation.
Senator James Skoufis said, "I am thrilled to see City Winery Hudson Valley now in full swing. This is a phenomenal example of the kinds of adaptive reuse projects we should pursue for retired industrial settings throughout the Hudson Valley and it will no doubt enhance our cultural and culinary landscape. I commend the City Winery team for persevering in the face of pandemic-related shutdowns and the many challenges rehabilitation of a historic property of this size poses, and I am excited to see the fruits of their labor in full force this summer."
Assemblymember Brian D. Miller said, “I am extremely happy to see the completion of the City Winery’s newest production facility and concert venue in the Village of Montgomery. This is a great way to help boost the local economy and strengthen our community. I am sure this is the beginning of many great things for the winery, the Village of Montgomery and the whole Hudson Valley. I hope people come out and enjoy themselves here as summer approaches.”
Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said, “City Winery has already become a popular attraction in Orange County, and I know that it will continue to thrive as a restaurant and destination. I appreciate the investment that City Winery has made in our community and congratulate Michael Dorf and his enterprising team on the completion of this transformative project.”
About Empire State Development
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.
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