An intoxicating opportunity to own a 343 acre swathe of spectacular farmland, proudly eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, that encompasses several impressive barn structures, plus a fully functioning distillery and tasting room. Built in 1932 toward the end of the Prohibition Era, it was Dutchess County’s largest bootlegging operation, owned and operated by the notorious gangster Dutch Schultz. Hidden beneath a cow barn in a massive network of underground bunkers and tunnels, the distillery produced Sugar Wash Moonshine. By 2020, the newly constructed building integrating that underground complex with a state-of-the-art-distillery, commercial kitchen and tasting room were opened to the public, and the first batch of Sugar Wash Moonshine blended and bottled in Pine Plains, was re-introduced to the masses (legally this time). Through the years it has been a productive farm raising turkeys, chickens, pigs and cows, potatoes and corn. It’s waiting for someone with vision to perhaps keep the distillery and tasting room going, revive it as a full-time farm, or open a sprawling indoor-outdoor event space. The property neighbors the increasingly popular Mashomack Fish & Game Preserve Club, a 1,900-acre private sporting preserve and social club that offers shooting, polo playing and fine dining. The hamlet of Pine Plains is within a thirty minute drive to the increasingly hip cultural and dining hubs of Hudson and Rhinebeck and only two short hours to Manhattan.

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Andrew Gates