The historic cities and towns of the Hudson River Valley have flourished for four centuries since Henry Hudson first traversed this river in search of the Northwest Passage. It is an integral part of U.S. history, in particular during the Revolutionary War and in the Industrial Revolution. The Hudson River Valley is also known for its farmland, and is a popular winemaking region, with vineyards dating back over 350 years in this area. It's known for its vineyards, orchards and farms, including sustainable-food champion Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. The Hudson Valley is a New York State region that stretches along the Hudson River from Westchester County to Albany, the state capital.