Stoutridge Vineyard & Distillery
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Stoutridge Vineyard is a premium estate winery and distillery located 70 miles north of Manhattan. Stoutridge is one of the few Natural Wine wineries in the U.S., producing award-winning wines made without adding chemicals and without filtering or using pumps to move wine through the process. In 2017, Stoutridge opened its distillery at the same location. The distillery is producing award-winning spirits using the same sustainable, craft, local-flavor philosophy.
Stoutridge Vineyard is half a mile from the Hudson River on the southeast facing slopes of a ridge of land on which grapevines and fruit trees have been continuously planted for 225 years. Next to the winery is a picturesque and historic stone farmhouse known to the local elders as ‘The Homestead’. The barn associated with this house was the Marano Winery between 1902 and 1919. The only remaining foundation wall remains as the façade of the entrance patio.
Stoutridge’s GenRYE Genever Gin and Ann Kaley Kirschka were each awarded “Best of Category” at the American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) 2020 Craft Spirit competition.
Stoutridge’s new distillery features three Christian Carl stills for brandy and vodka, a Specific Manufacturing still for New York rye, and a Chip Tate & Co. direct-fired post still for single malt whiskies. The silos are full of local corn, rye and barley, and all of the work from grain to glass is done on site.
One of the primary goals at Stoutridge is to capture local flavor while minimizing the environmental impact of the operation. There are many structural features and production processes employed to conserve energy and minimize water utilization. For electricity, Stoutridge utilizes 290 solar panels mounted on the south-facing roof which can produce 65 kW of electricity on a sunny day, enough to power all operations and return excess power to the grid.
The park-like grounds at Stoutridge are a wonderful place to spend an afternoon in this time of social distancing. Pack a lunch, take a drive, and relax at a picnic table near the pond where you can watch nature while enjoying a bottle of wine. Or enjoy a craft beverage under a tree with a good book. Pets on leashes are welcome as well.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Southern Ulster Blended Whiskey
A complex blend of rye, bourbon and malt whiskies aged in Hudson Valley oak barrels and then finished in a 700-gallon solera cask.
This straight rye is made from 100% Hudson Valley grain and aged in barrels made from Hudson Valley-grown oak. It carries the internationally recognized Empire Rye quality designation.
GenRYE Genever Gin
Genever based on rye malt whiskey, aged in used Pinot Noir barrels to create an all-American expression of traditional European gin.
Fresh, vibrant wine with red fruits and zesty minerality. Finishes clean with real depth of flavor and long, delicious finish. A great food wine that never tastes heavy, flat or simple.
Cabernet Franc Rosé
A bright rosé in the classic European dry style. Matured in large casks for one year to bring out bouquet and surprising complexity.
MEET THE OWNER & DISTILLER
Stoutridge subscribes to the Natural Wine philosophy of winemaking using a gravity winemaking approach and no chemical interventions. This philosophy focuses on mastering techniques that help fermentation flavors come to the forefront of the wine, rather than techniques that bring a wine to the marketplace faster. Speeding up the winemaking process is hard on the wine and has a greater adverse impact on the environment.
At Stoutridge, by reducing or eliminating filtering, they save on production costs and further reduce their carbon footprint. Unfiltered wines require a longer time to settle and to clarify. Stoutridge wines are rarely bottled before a year of aging, whereas most filtered wines are bottled after only six months. Their wines are aged a minimum of four years before release, far longer than other wines.