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Stoutridge Vineyards is a premium estate winery located in Marlboro, New York, 70 miles north of Manhattan, in the Hudson Valley AVA. We are members of the Shawangunk Wine Trail as well as the Meet Me In Marlborough Farm Trail. Built upon the historical foundations of vineyards planted in the late 1700's, a winery established in 1902 which was closed by prohibition, and a bootleg era distillery which operated until 1956. We began replanting the vineyards in 2001, opened the winery in 2006 and our distillery in 2009.
It begins with a clean and tidy vineyard.
Hand-harvested grapes glow in the cool morning sun.
Grapes are sorted on a table, and every single bunch is checked before becoming wine.
Accepted bunches travel up an elevator to be de-stemmed and crushed.
A young fermentation is checked for proper vigor and aroma.
Grape pressings are composted after being separated from their juice.
Both white and red wine nearing the end of its fermentation is a critical time and checked often.
Wine is separated from the skins via a hose for the "free run" part of the wine.
The red skins go into the bladder press for the "first press" part of the wine.
Tanks are moved via trolley winch to avoid pumping the delicate wine.
Sampling for quality and proper style is not only scientific but also delicious!
The most fun *dirty job* on the planet leaves its indelible mark … an award-winning bottle of wine!