Welcome to Stonehouse Cellars
About Stonehouse Cellars
Wine has fascinatingly interesting histories that span most of the history of humanity. Throughout the ages and around the world, people have been fermenting and creating wine out of a variety of fruits and vegetables, refining the process and creating purer and more delicious wines as time went on. Stonehouse Cellars is the latest iteration of this wine process, albeit one that strongly focuses on the quality of the grapes, soil, and growing process. However where Stonehouse Cellars differs from other wineries is in its dedication to small, carefully cultivated, and perfected batches of wine that truly bring out the flavors of the grapes used and the soil it was grown in.
Stonehouse Cellars is located in Lake County, California. While Napa and Sonoma are more famous, Lake County is the original California wine country and continues to produce some of the best wine in the world, just without the pomp and circumstance. Stonehouse Cellars is lucky to have the perfect soil for the growing of wine grapes; with three different soil types in their vineyards, ranging from white tufa in block 1, which is more commonly found in the classic wine regions in France, to the highly drained volcanic red soil typical for the Mayacamas range in block 3. These different soils, when combined with different grapes, produce noticeable differences, resulting in multidimensional, layered estate wines.
Along with having the ideal soil conditions for a large variety of complex wines, Stonehouse Cellars is also lucky to have a great location for the growing of wine grapes. They are downhill from the High Valley, from which they get the afternoon breeze, which cools the grapes during the hot summers of Lake County. The elevation is around 1400 feet, which is high enough to have the classic short growing season of a high altitude wine with its intense flavors but not so high as to get much frost. The gentle slope of the shelf also prevents stagnant air, providing a natural frost protection. All of these, combined with Stonehouse’s decision to cultivate less grapes per vine so that each grape is more flavorful, allows for truly delicious wines to come from this small, but impressive, vineyard.