Doug Glorie planted the first grape vineyard on Glorie Farms here in Marlboro back in 1983. The grape was a white French hybrid called Seyval Blanc. That first vineyard was followed by plantings of Concord, Sheridan, and DeChaunac. In those early years, all of the wine grapes were sold in large bins to local wineries. Time passed and Doug made contact with people who made wine for their own use. It is these “home winemakers” and their families who became our predominant wine grape customers. In the mid-1990’s, after Doug left his engineering job and began farming full time, we planted more vines, both Seyval Blanc and DeChaunac, because in most years the home winemakers’ desire for grapes was greater than the supply our vineyards could provide.
And then came 2001. The spring season was a good one with just the right amount of rain and no major temperature extremes. When the bloom and pollination periods had passed, the young grape crop looked promising, and we crossed our fingers. Summer came, and with it, bright sunny days, hot temperatures, and a distinct lack of rainfall – all good conditions for grape growth and maturation. Come September, when harvest began, it became immediately clear this was no ordinary crop. The fruit was abundant and it was sweet. We picked and sold grapes and satisfied all the home winemakers. We picked and sold some more to local wineries in the Hudson Valley, NY area, and still there were grapes on the vines. The grapes were of such quality that we were loath to leave any of them in the vineyard, so Doug worked out a deal with a winemaker at a local winery to use our grapes and make wine for us. We waited through the winter, visiting the winery to check on the wine, and tasting it every so often to see how it was developing. Again, we crossed our fingers.
Our patience was rewarded in June of 2002 when we went to bottle the wine. The 2001 Seyval Blanc vintage was excellent! The wine had a beautiful amber color, a pleasant fresh bouquet, full fruit flavor, and a long, smooth and satisfying finish. The wine, in our opinion, was fabulous, and we had 60 cases of it! We enjoyed some of it ourselves, shared some with family and friends, and even sold some under the license of a local winery. All in all, it was a fun experience, an experience that got Doug to thinking…. If we could consistently make such high-quality wine from our grapes, wouldn’t it be a natural extension to our fruit farm business, and wouldn’t it be an exciting endeavor to have a small winery of our own? And that, my friends, is when the seed, so to speak, for Glorie Farm Winery was planted. We now have 15 varieties under trellis including Chardonnay, Riesling and Cabernet Franc.
Long before there was Glorie Farm Winery, there was Glorie Farms (also previously known as Stoneside Farm). We grow about 20 acres of fruit produce: Peaches, nectarines, pears, apples, quince, black currants, and wine grapes. Though we do not offer pick-your-own, our fresh-picked fruit is available to our visitors for purchase in season. If you’ve never had a fresh, juicy peach straight from the tree, you are in for an incredible treat! Once you’ve had a true fresh fruit experience, you’ll look differently at the fruit in the grocery store. You will know that if peaches bear stickers saying they’re from Georgia, then the sign above them that says “Tree-Ripened Peaches” simply isn’t true. Our peaches ripen on a tree; their peaches ripen on a truck. There’s a world of difference between the two, and once you’ve had the real thing, you can’t possibly go back to the other stuff.
Who We Are
Doug and MaryEllen Glorie, Proprietors
Hi! We’re Doug and MaryEllen Glorie, Proprietors of Glorie Farm Winery. In the interest of time and space, here are a few quick highlights about us:
Doug: Born in neighboring Orange County. Penn State (Harrisburg) grad (1970). Mechanical engineer employed at IBM, Poughkeepsie 1970-1993. Two children, Doug and Michele, from a first wifetime. Purchased the farm in 1979; began planting fruit right away. Separated from IBM in spring 1993, free to fulfill his dream of farming full-time. Has loved playing in the dirt all his life. Enjoys growing stuff, being outdoors, confronting challenges and making things happen, accomplishing goals, and working hard. Laments he will not live long enough to do everything he wants to do.
MaryEllen: Born in neighboring Orange County. Maiden name: Dempsey. B.S. from Springfield College (Massachusetts – 1978). M.A. from Gallaudet College (1981). Teacher of the Deaf, then Middle School Supervising Teacher at Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, Maryland (1982-1992). Worked as a free-lance sign language interpreter for the Deaf (1992-2013) after returning to NY. Enjoys Notre Dame football (GO IRISH!!), cooking and baking, good books, playing board games with friends, beading and other crafty endeavors, creative problem solving, and play time in the back yard with Sullivan and Cassidy.
We both enjoy good wine, a variety of music, all kinds of art, good movies, thought-provoking documentaries, things that make us laugh, a roaring fire on a cold evening, a cooling swim on a hot day, get-togethers with kids, grandkids, and friends; and the rare pleasure of time spent relaxing away from the farm.
Kristop Brown, Winemaker
Born in Sharon, CT. Housatonic Valley Regional High School grad (1994). Attended Rutgers University. Began career in wine industry by answering a random ad for a tasting room job at a Hudson Valley winery in 2001. Became assistant winemaker at another local winery a few years later. Married in 2004. Has two children. Moved to Walla Walla, Washington in 2010 for a “work to harvest” experience. Back to the Hudson Valley to plant roots. Enjoys taking care of and raising children, fly fishing (though he never gets to do it), lots of outdoor activities: hiking, canoeing, camping, anything in the fresh air; going swimming with the kids in any body of water they can find. Has enjoyed watching the past ten years of changes and growth in the Hudson Valley wine industry, people who have come and gone, and the improvements in wines. Says there is still a lot of work to do, but he’s thrilled to be a part of it.
Sullivan & Cassidy Glorie, Sanity Savers
Sullivan: Born 2007. Beautifully built, like a thoroughbred. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2009. Fully grown now at 90 pounds. Truly a gentle giant. A little devil who has never outgrown puppy antics of stealing dish towels and jumping up on beds. Very independent. Loves being outside especially at night when he can smell four-legged visitors without being seen. Looks like a lazy lard butt hanging around the house, but actually very nimble on his feet and ready to go out to play in an instant. Doesn’t like to retrieve. Favorite game is playing “soccer” with Mom, pushing big hard ball around the back yard. Used to be free on the farm but grew bored easily and wandered too much. Also enjoyed racing cars down the driveway. For his own safety, freedom privileges were taken away, but we promised to get him a little sister to keep him company. So, along came Cassidy.
Cassidy: Born 2010. A real pistol. Like “Ricochet Rabbit.” Bing, bing, bing! (If you ever watched the cartoon, you get what I’m saying.) That’s Cassidy in a nutshell. Total sweetheart. A retriever through and through. Loves to run down a ball and bring it back to do it again. Diagnosed with severe arthritis in elbows, back, and back legs, plus blown ligaments in back knees in October 2013. Ball chasing days are over. Needs a lift to get up stairs. Disposition remains as sweet as ever. Still loves to run around in the back yard, but stops to rest when it hurts and sometimes just watches while Sullivan and Mom play. Truly Mom’s dog. Rarely leaves my side.
I grew up in a house with two parents, six kids, and two dogs, and it never felt crowded. Dogs make good buddies. Dogs help keep us calm and give routine to sometimes chaotic lives. When it seems the world has gone off its tilt, dogs remind us to focus on the basic goodness found in every day. They ain’t cheap, but they’re worth every penny. Love my dogs.