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No matter where you are in New York state you are never far from a winery By Sandra Scott Local wineries are all the same in that they serve fine NYS wines but each of them has its own special character and charm. Check out the several wine trails in various parts of NYS to experience the different wines and wineries. Many wineries offer special events and activities often featuring local musical groups. Brotherhood Winery “Put on your drinking boots!” is a phrase borrowed from Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville, Orange County. Established in 1839, it is the oldest continuously operating winery in the nation. John Jaques, a French immigrant, who produced the first commercial vintage, started the winery. The winery changed hands over the years and in 1886 the large stone building and underground cellars were added. The cellars are the largest in the U.S. It is on the New York State and National Register of Historic Places and just one of the wineries on the Shawangunk Wine Trail. Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery Wine lovers should raise their glass in thanks to Dr. Frank who ignited the “Vinifera Revolution,” a movement that changed the course of wine growing in the