Stephen Casscles
Hudson-Chatham Winery

Winemaker, Hudson-Chatham Winery<br /> Owner, Cedar Cliff Vineyard<br /> Attorney, State of New York

Steve has been a grape grower and home winemaker in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 1976, concentrating mostly in French-American hybrids and has been a commercial winemaker for the Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent, NY, since 2007. He comes from a long line of Hudson Valley fruit growers since the 1870s. While in high school, college and afterwards, he worked at Benmarl Vineyards, Marlboro, NY, under the tutelage of Mark, Dene and Eric Miller. He has operated his own vineyard, Cedar Cliff, in Athens, NY since 1989, grows over 30 different varieties of French-American hybrids, and is now concentrating on growing and examining scores of heirloom Hudson Valley developed hybrids from the 1840s to 1890s, and grapes developed by E.S. Rogers of Cape Ann and Salem, MA. He is the author of Grapes of the Hudson Valley and Other Cool Climate Regions of the United States and Canada, in which he describes over 170 different grape varieties that can be grown in cool climate areas, including their characteristics in the field, cellar and glass. For his day job, he is a lawyer working for the State of New York and resides in Athens, NY, with his wife, Lilly and children Benjamin, Noah, and Grace.