Unique cheese, a glass of refreshing wine, a relaxing drive through the country – what could be better? Discover all that & more in our area’s 2023 Cheese Tour!
The Washington County 2023 Cheese Tour includes:
Argyle Cheese Farmer: 2358 Burgoyne Ave, Hudson Falls, NY
Consider Bardwell Farm: 1333 VT State Route 153, West Pawlet, VT
Scotlander Brewing Company: 453 County Route 47, Argyle, NY *New for 2023*
Slyboro Ciderhouse: 18 Hicks Rd, Granville, NY
Tiashoke Farm: 11834 NYS Route 40, Schaghticoke, NY
Victory View Vineyard: 11975 NYS Route 40, Schaghticoke, NY
Every year, local cheesemakers and other producers organize a self-guided tour through Washington County to area farms and craft beverage producers. Guests get to sample artisan cheese and other incredible foods (deep-fried cheese curds, anyone?), try the local wine, beer, and hard cider, tour facilities, visit farm animals, and more.
So come see, taste, and explore Washington County during the 2023 Cheese Tour with Wine, Beer, and Cider! This once-per-year tour de farm takes place Saturday, September 9 & Sunday, September 10, 2023.
Watch this short video to get an idea about what to expect. Then, read on to discover more about each stop along the tour, and visit each producer for more info to chart your cheese adventure!
Delight in Different Kinds of Cheese, Visit With Farm Animals, and More
The Cheese Tour will take you along some of the most beautiful backroads in Washington County. While you’re here, stretch your legs & stop for a stroll along our quaint, historic downtown areas. Or, pop into a family-owned bookstore, art gallery, or clothing store for unique finds!
New on the 2023 Cheese Tour: Scotlander Brewing Co.
With a variety of craft beers and seltzers on tap, Scotlander Brewing Company‘s tasting room has become a local hangout.
Stop by to experience the lively atmosphere & take in the view! Or, follow them on Facebook to stay in the know about their rotating schedule of talented musicians & delicious food vendors!
Take In The View At Tiashoke Farm & Store
Sample some of the cheese their cows help make in the newest addition to their farm: the farm store! Set in a 200-year-old barn amongst antique furnishings, rustic decor, and a picturesque barnyard background, this family-owned marketplace features tons of “meats, sweets, antiques, and local farm treats!”
Additionally, Tiashoke offers a number of events throughout the year, as well as tours, hay rides, and an amazing pumpkin stand in the fall. Check out our events page for more exciting happenings throughout the year!
Learn How Artisan Cow Milk Cheese is Made at Argyle Cheese Farmer
A Cheese Tour classic, Argyle Cheese Farmer is a destination in itself! Don’t miss out on their incredible deep-fried cheese curds, offered in the afternoons only. If you’re not a fan of the fried stuff, don’t fret. The store is stocked with great yogurt, cheese spreads, milk, and more from their A2 cows. Grab a cheese sandwich, pizza, coffee, or cold drink, plus bakery items from their kitchen: bread, rolls, freshly made donuts, and other goodies. Remember your cooler: You won’t want to miss their frozen pizzas!
You can also take a guided tour of their facility while you’re there, but if you’d like to see the full picture, don’t forget to book a dairy farm tour, limited to two each day and group sizes of 20 for each tour. Reserve a spot while you can!
Take a Hayride and More at Consider Bardwell Farm
Chow down on sandwiches and sliders, take an old-fashioned tractor-pulled hayride around the farm, and enjoy great live music while you sample some of Consider Bardwell Farm‘s award-winning cheese!
Just over the border in West Pawlet, this 300-acre farm was the first cheese-making co-op in Vermont, founded in 1864 by Consider Stebbins Bardwell.
More than a century later, the current farm owners, Angela Miller and Russell Glover are hand-making their small-batch cheeses on that same land. Their products are even aged on-site too, in their extensive system of caves!
Enjoy Craft Beverages & Find More Local Artisan Products
Cheese Pairings and Vineyard Tours at Victory View Vineyard
A classic pairing: wine and cheese! Sample Victory View Vineyard‘s wines & purchase a snack plate with local, artisan cheese at this tour stop. Plus, you can take a free guided walking tour of the vineyard, which has an incredible view over the Saratoga Historic Battlefield (hence the name!)
This year marked a milestone for Victory View! They’re celebrating 15 amazing years of growing grapes & 10 years of offering wines at their tasting room, which opened in August of 2013.
Enjoy the taste and the view with indoor & outdoor seated service! Wine is available by the glass and for a full wine tasting.
Taste Lovely Local Ciders at Slyboro Ciderhouse
There’s always something fun going on at Slyboro Ciderhouse, located at Hicks Orchard! For the tour, you can expect a delicious cider and cheese pairing, featuring four of their award-winning craft hard ciders.
Step back in time as you enter the Slyboro tasting room, a converted cold storage barn from the 1930s. Whether you like still ciders or prefer sparkling beverages, you are sure to have an unforgettable cider experience!
Don’t forget to grab some apples or a cider donut + ice cream sandwich while you’re there, and explore the latest gallery show featuring a rotating selection of local art, photography, and other visual media.
Make your game plan now for the 2023 Cheese Tour with Wine, Beer, and Cider! With so many great places to visit between 10 AM. to 4 PM on Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10, you’ll need to plan carefully.
Remember: wear comfortable clothing and footwear, as you’ll be walking around farms outdoors. And bring a cooler or two for the car to keep your purchases fresh and chilly!
Go Beyond the 2023 Cheese Tour
Keep the cheesy goodness going after the tour is over by visiting the participants at other times of the year. Explore our Cheese Trail and Craft Beverage Trail for more ideas, or contact individual farms or producers for hours & offerings.
And, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay during your visit, check out our variety of unique lodging options, from farm stays to private cabins & beyond.