PO Box 193
2583 Route 32
Bloomington, NY 12411
Tastings by appointmentACREAGE
Paula Cereghino, Fred SmithMANAGERS
Paula Cereghino, Fred SmithWINEMAKERS
Paula Cereghino, Fred Smith
LOCATED IN THE HAMLET of Bloomington, there is a small commercial winery in New York’s Hudson Valley, perhaps the smallest in the state. There is no vineyard at Cereghino Smith and in the tradition of Old World négociants, the winemakers select and source their grapes from small growers in California and New York and Washington State. Inspired by Paula’s grandfather, Joseph Cereghino and classic European winemakers, Cereghino smith wines are produced exclusively from vinifera grape varietals.
To preserve the character, depth and richness of the wine, the preferred method of clarification is simply time and gravity. Cereghino Smith wines are aged in 60- and 80-gallon oak barrels, and natural cork is used in bottling to insure that the wine can further evolve.
In 1999, Paula and Fred started making Zinfandel on Houston Street in a ground floor apartment in New York’s Lower Eastside. A photo from their first NYC crush with Helga Magi and Peter Cereghino is below. After four small vintages and honing their winemaking skills in the city, they decided to “go big” and found their dream cottage in the Hudson Valley, a 1784 stone Huguenot house, complete with a couple of acres and a circa 1860 barn with a dirt floor. Just in time for the 2004 crush, the barn was renovated and transformed into a winery.
Cereghino Smith has released their first rosé… Rosato, inspired by the food-friendly, dry rosé wines of Provence. Pairs well with grilled seafood, roast chicken and baked ham..EATEN BY BEARS 2011
This “GSM” blend, a trio of robust varietals featuring Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, appears on restaurant wine lists at the Culinary Institute of America. The label features the work of William Beard 1825-1900. Our friend Bernie Mooney said, “You’ll get eaten by bears,” when we moved to the Hudson Valley...hence the silly name and fabulous label.