Stoutridge Press

Our Wines look different

Unprocessed wines are a little hazy and have natural sediments...Learn More

Green/Eat Local

Stoutridge uses many sustainable practices in our vineyards and in our winery. These include a solar array that provides 100% of our electricity.Learn More

Slow Wine

We subscribe to the slow wine philosophy of winemaking using minimal intervention and gravity winemaking techniques.Learn More

Biological side winemaking

We use biological methods to accomplish chemical changes in the wine.Learn More

Our Distillery

All of Stoutridge Distillery's products will be produced from New York State Grown ingredients.Learn More

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Slow Wine

Slow Wine is a philosophy of winemaking that emphasizes winemaking techniques which make the best wine for a given region rather than techniques which are optimized for bringing wine to the marketplace. Pumping, filtering and fining ultimately are processes which speed up winemaking and get wines to the market which are ready to drink. But speeding up the winemaking process is hard on the wine, and certainly has a greater negative impact on the environment than slow winemaking. A wine which is pumped, fined and filtered has a less complex taste, a greater carbon footprint, has more ecological impact and has a higher cost of production than a wine made without them.

At Stoutridge we do not use pumps, filters or fining agents in making our wines. The only significant problems are that these wines require a longer time for gravity to settle them, a longer time to age in the winery before release, and they can have a slightly hazy appearance due to their higher levels of natural antioxidants. But these wines have a more complex flavor and have the ability to age far longer than their processed counterparts. Should you choose to age these slow wines in the cellar you will be rewarded with the increased complexity of flavors brought on by the development of bouquet. This is perhaps the biggest advantage of slow winemaking.

Every cluster of grapes that arrives at the winery is laboriously hand sorted to remove any bad fruit. Here Pete and Norm are busy at work doing the most crucial step to the assurance of top quality wine.