Hudson-Chatham Winery Sold to Steven Rosario and Justen Nickell
May 12, 2020
Hudson-Chatham Winery (Ghent, NY) Hudson-Chatham Winery, one of the notable New York State and Hudson Valley quality wine producers, has been sold to Steven Rosario and Justen Nickell of Boston, MA.
The highly acclaimed Hudson-Chatham Winery has been a driving force in quality wines in the Hudson River Region AVA since its founding in 2006. Established by Carlo and Dominique DeVito in Ghent, NY, Hudson-Chatham Winery was the first winery in Columbia County. The winery features hand-crafted wines ranging from dry whites and reds to some sweeter wines, select sparkling wines, and a line of distinctive dessert wines. It currently has tasting rooms at its main location in Ghent as well as in Tannersville (Greene County) and Troy (Rensselaer County). In addition to Hudson-Chatham wines, all tasting rooms proudly offer all-local craft beverage selections as well as artisanal farm products.
Hudson-Chatham wines have been favorably reviewed or mentioned in Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Sommelier Journal, Forbes, Snooth.com, Edible Manhattan, Edible Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley magazine, and many, many more newspapers, magazines, and websites. They have achieved scores of 90-points or more from Wine Enthusiast and The Cork Report. Their wines have found a following among wine writers across the country. The winery has been voted Best in Columbia County seven years in a row, and named Best Winery in the Capital Region five times. It was also voted co-Hudson Valley Winery of the Year in 2019 (with Fjord Winery).
“We are thrilled to have Justen and Steven assume stewardship of this historic farm that is now the winery,” said Carlo. “They have the desire and the know-how to take the winery to the next level. Both are successful food professionals and have a true passion for great wine and fine food.”
“When you can turn your dream over to people who share your passion,” Dominique added, “everyone wins. Steven and Justen love what Hudson-Chatham is about – the wines, of course, but also the experience.”
Steven and Justen are both graduates of the Culinary Institute of America. Both have been executives at the high-end, Boston-based baker and purveyor, Tatte. For Steven, former General Manager at Tatte Pier 4, who was born in the Hudson Valley, this is a return home to his roots. He will be taking over day-to-day responsibilities. Justen will maintain his fulltime position with Tatte. Both have extensive experience in fine food and retail.
Nickell and Rosario will take over the day-to-day operations of the winery in Ghent and the two satellite locations in Tannersville and Troy, NY. Bryan VanDeusen will remain as General Manager and winemaker, and celebrated grape historian Stephen Casscles (author of Grapes of the Hudson Valley and Other Cool Climate Regions) will remain as a grower and advising winemaker, as well.