The vineyard, and we have found, the part of a vineyard, is the unit upon which Stoutridge is founded. There are three distinct estate vineyard sites, each of which consists of distinct sections. This 'sectioning' may be caused by differences in soils, microclimates, sun exposures or by clonal variations within a grape variety which we purposfully planted at the site. It may seem complex, but when you taste the different Stoutridge wines from these different estate vineyard sections it becomes deliciously clear.
The following is a list of each vineyard site with a description of each.
This 4 acre vineyard behind our house is planted with 90% Riesling in three German sourced clonal variants, and with 10% of a French Alsace sourced clone of Pinot blanc. The vineyard features very stony, well drained soils on a partly terraced steep slope with wonderful views of the Hudson river from the top rows.
Pinot Noir & Teroldego
This site lies just north of the winery. It was planted with the northern Italian specialty red grape, Teroldego, and a Burgundy sourced clone of Pinot Noir in the spring of 2005. It is a near perfect south facing slope with somewhat stony, sandy alluvial soils and is perhaps our best overall vine site.
This vineyard is behind the winery and is planted with 80% of the red Tuscany grape Sangiovese in three clonal variations, and with 20% of the Italian Trentino region's specialty red grape Refosco. It has rich alluvial soils and is our lowest and warmest site.