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. It would be negligent to not mention 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. However, where Stonehouse Cellars truly stands out amongst other high end estate wineries is that we strive to provide a unique experience not necessarily be centered around our wines but around you, our guest.
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.
Everybody’s idea of a great wine and a great time is different. We believe we have at least one wine you will absolutely love. If not, maybe you can create your own, at one of our blending weekends. Since our winery is one of only a handful in California that you can stay in, you can experience wine like you cannot in places that simply let you taste and buy their wines. If you want, you not only get a behind the scenes look at the entire wine making process, but we let you participate in it, from the vine to the bottle. If you want, we will teach you about wine, not just our wine but wine in general. Would you miss your kids too much to spend a weekend away from them? So do we! Bring your kids! We have a spectacular, kid friendly environment and you can hire our on site child care provider, so you can relax and indulge while the kids are having fun. If you tell us what your idea of a good wine and a good time is we’ll try to make that happen.