Stoutridge Vineyard & Distillery
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Stoutridge Vineyard is a premium estate winery and distillery located in Marlboro, NY, 70 miles north of Manhattan. They are members of the Shawangunk Wine Trail, as well as the Meet Me in Marlborough Farm Trail. Stoutridge is one of the few Natural Wine wineries in the U.S., producing award-winning wines made without adding chemicals, using pumps to move wine through the process, and without filtering. In February 2017, Stoutridge opened its distillery at the same location. The distillery is producing a variety of award-wining spirits using the same sustainable, craft, local-flavor philosophy.
Stoutridge Vineyard is half a mile from the beautiful 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 “Gen Z” Genever-style gin was awarded “Double Gold” and “Best of Category” at the American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) 2019 Craft Spirit competition.”
The impressive new winery and distillery building features a unique gravity flow system where pumps are never used during the winemaking process. The hand-picked grapes are all of New York origin with 80% of them either grown on site or sourced from local growers in Marlboro. Stoutridge also uses corn, rye, and barley from local Hudson Valley growers.
Stoutridge’s new distillery features two Christian Carl stills for brandy, one Christian Carl still for vodka, a Specific Manufacturing still for New York rye, and a Chip Tate & Co. direct-fired pot still for Irish- and Scotch-style malt whiskies.
For electricity, Stoutridge utilizes 290 solar panels mounted on the south-facing roof. These panels can produce 65 kW of electricity on a sunny day, enough to power all operations and return excess power to the grid. There are many structural features and production processes employed to conserve energy and minimize water utilization. One of the primary goals at Stoutridge is to capture local flavor while minimizing the environmental impact of the operation.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
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.
A blend of the locally-grown red grapes in a deep, rich luscious red wine. Complex and inviting. Stoutridge’s best-selling red wine.
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.
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.