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Shady Knoll Orchards & Distillery

Family-owned. Home-grown. Handcrafted.

We are a small family-owned and operated farm and craft distillery in the historic Hudson River Valley of New York. Our apple orchard produces over 120 varieties of apples that we blend to create a truly unique apple brandy in the French Calvados style. We also plant and harvest our own rye grain that we combine with corn and barley grown on nearby farms to create a distinctive rye whiskey.

Our apple brandy and rye whiskey are double-distilled in our traditional French alembic pot still in order to capture the unique terroir and aromas of our home-grown apples and grains.

We do all processing, fermenting, distilling, barrel-aging, bottling and labeling ourselves on our farm.


apple brandy

Our Shady Knoll Apple Brandy has won the following awards:

American Distilling Institute (ADI) 2019 Judging of Craft Spirits–Bronze
Fifty Best’s Best Apple Brandy 2021—Double Gold


Our Shady Knoll Pommeau has won the following award:

American Distilling Institute (ADI) 2019 Judging of Craft Spirits–Silver

Pommeau


rye whiskey

Our Shady Knoll Rye Whiskey has won the following awards:

Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition 2018–Best Spirit
American Distilling Institute (ADI) 2019 Judging of Craft Spirits–Silver
Fifty Best’s Best Rye Whiskey 2021—Gold
ADI International Spirits Competition 2022—Silver