Royal Kedem Winery
Offers two sites for visiting. Marlborough-on-Hudson is where the grapes are grown and the wine is produced. This facility is open Fridays and Sundays. Royal Kedem's Milton operation is open daily except Saturdays. Here visitors can enjoy the wines in a tasting room and shop inside a 130-year-old train station overlooking the Hudson River. Royal Kedem is owned and operated by the Herzog family, the sole supplier of wine to Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria in the mid-1800s. The family, lead by Eugene Herzog, fled Germany in 1948, coming to the United States with only $3,000 and their wine formulas.
Eugene and his son Ernest purchased the Royal Wine Company in 1958, adding the word Kedem, which is Yiddish for "forward" or "renew our days as before." After Ernest died in 1989, his son Michael took over as winemaker and manager. Royal Kedem produces more than 25 kosher wines, made from local hybrid and native American grapes in varieties ranging from dry to sweet.