Built upon a solid foundation.
The farmhouse at Stoutridge Vineyard dates back to the mid 1800’s and was built by pioneering Italian immigrants. Though the builder’s name is lost to time, we do know that at some point, perhaps due to the disruption of the American Civil War, the farm became a part of the historic 80+ acre McCourt fruit farm. On April 1, 1895, Hannah McCourt sold off a 14-acre parcel to Moses McMullen, the majority of what is now Stoutridge Vineyard. Moses farmed the land for seven years until he in turn sold it to Vincenzo Marono on January 31, 1902.
1902 was an auspicious year for the farm. Vincenzo converted his barn into a winery and began producing wine commercially, doing so until his death on March 12, 1919. The Alcohol Prohibition amendment to the US constitution was ratified later that spring. This no doubt was an unfortunate turn of events for Vincenzo’s heirs, and they squabbled over the winery and land and eventually lost the entire farm, presumably to debt and bad feelings created during the legal battles. The land was about to experience a drastic change.
On May 8, 1923, at the height of US Prohibition of alcohol, Joseph Noto of Miami, Florida bought the land. He immediately dismantled Marono’s winery and built a pig barn and automobile garage. He and his family farmed the fruit orchards and grapevines until his death on July 24, 1944. There are many local tales of large Sunday gatherings held and baseball games played on the Noto farm. To this day people in Marlboro refer to the land as "The old Noto Farm."
On August 28, 1945 Joseph Olivo bought the farm from Joseph Noto’s heirs, but sold it seven years thereafter in 1952 to Philippa Turrigiano. Philippa used the farmhouse as a consolidation warehouse for illegal brandy production. Oddly enough, this was actually a very popular activity on farms throughout Marlboro at the time. With incarceration virtually inevitable, Philippa was arrested at the farmhouse by federal agents in early January of 1956. The land was confiscated due to tax issues and the farm was sold at government auction on January 20th to Dominic Pagnotta II.
A Different Use.
Dominic and his family kept up the fruit trees and grapevines until his death in 1969. Dominic III became a teacher and used the land for hunting and as a training ground for pistol and rifle use with the New York State Hunter Safety Program. In 2006 at age 70, Dominic became the champion of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association’s annual event, "The Empire Grand American." Once again however, the land was about to experience another drastic change.
Stoutridge is Born.
The century old farmhouse was burned down by vandals in 1988. Miraculously the entire foundation remained intact. In June of 2001, Stephen Osborn and Kimberly Wagner, the current owners of Stoutridge Vineyard, bought the farm from Dominic and JoAnn Pagnotta. Together, they set about the restoration of the farmhouse, vineyards and the old Marono Winery. Today, Stoutridge Vineyard is a thriving example of natural winemaking, environmentally responsible operation and growth. In addition to the winery, in 2017, the land will also function as a distillery.