OUR STORY

Stonehouse Cellars started with two families seeking an escape from the hustle of everyday city life. Today, the family has grown and we are proud to produce great wines but our greatest joy comes from being able to open our home to others so everyone can experience the small miracles that come with slowing down and breathing deeper.

We are dedicated to small, carefully cultivated, and perfected batches of wine that bring out the flavors of our grapes and the soil in which it was grown. However, where Stonehouse Cellars truly stands out amongst other high-end estate wineries is that we strive to provide a unique experience not necessarily centered around our wines but around you, our friends.

RANCH HISTORY

Before America was discovered native people lived in Lake County. They spent the summer at the lake and the winter on a shelf above Cache Creek because it was protected, had a mild climate and had an abundance of great water. This is the place that we are now fortunate enough to call our home and to share with you.

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Pomo Land

Pre-1933

The protected shelf and natural springs provide the Pomo People with a wintering haven

Stonehouse erected

1933

A home built into the hillside with stones from the property

Vineyard first planted

1976

David James plants block 1 with cuttings propagated from the Fay vineyard that won the 1976 “Judgement of Paris”. This original clone still thrives today on its own root stock

Blocks 2&3 planted

1995 & 2002

Robert Dooney plants blocks 2 and 3 to Cabernet Sauvignon with the help of our neighbor, Don Fiora

Vineyard purchased

2010

Greg Stratmann and Clinton Jones purchase Pomo Ranch and Vineyard

First harvest

2013

Revitalized vines produce our first harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery opens

2017

After the loss of the “brown” house to a fire in 2011, a mix use winery with guest rooms designed by Matt Hollis and built by Jim Irwin is completed

First release

2017

First bottling of estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir from Green Valley AVA, Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley AVA, and Don Fiora’s Grenache

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OUR GREAT TEAM

Greg Stratmann
Owner and winemaker

A German who came to the US in 1997 to train in Anesthesiology at UC San Diego. Became a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist by day and a scientist by night at UCSF, where he worked for over 11 years before moving to San Jose in 2012. Used to be a competitive windsurfer before becoming a noncompetitive surfer and amateur boxer. Has two happy kids with his wife Jimee. Loves chain saws. Needs to mature more than his wines do. Drinks beer and converts to wine only if exceptional. Planning on only making wine he would be proud to drink himself and share with you.

Jimee Hwang
Co-owner/ Bookkeeper

Born in Korea, now dedicated to stomping out malaria from the world so everyone can have a chance at life and often co-opted by husband, Greg, to help with bookkeeping. Knows a lot about bugs and knows a lot of people that know a lot about bugs, which is very helpful when attempting to control bad ones. Has endless patience for crazy ideas and is often the voice of reason.

Clinton Jones
Winemaker

He never got the chance to farm his family’s acres of wheat in Kansas, so he skipped over to San Francisco and is now the head of west coast Pediatric Perfusion helping to correct heart defects on kids. He spent 18 years trying to get off the farm and every day since then trying to get back. Clint got sucked into wine with the release of the ‘94 Napa Cabs and hasn’t looked back. He holds a certificate in wine making from UC Davis, and is not only our winemaker and viticulturist. He’s also the father of two boys and a total hottie, according to his wife Kim.

Scarlett E. Hwang
Marketing Head

From Seoul, Korea. Dreamt of being a Chinese chef, but spent her 20’s in China marketing for Samsung. Married a great guy from Chicago. Spending her 30‘s raising three beautiful girls and running a retail jewelry business after getting a MBA from Kellogg. Looking forward to her 40’s drinking all the luxury wine from Stonehouse Cellars while leading the marketing efforts.

Mike Bridges
Vineyard & Facilities Manager

The man, the myth, the legend. After working his way up in the oil fields as a grunt man during high school to supervisor, he then worked for over 30 years in construction including helping to build our winery. He and his wife are the proud parents of four kids and have fostered many more.

Daniel Cruz
Master Vignernon

Originally from Mihocoan Mexico, Daniel has been farming for over ten years and comes from a family of vignernons. He is working towards becoming an official Master Vigernon this November. He has four kids and loves all sports especially soccer.

Hana & Kai Stratmann
Husbandry team
The sheep, chickens, and llamas (Nelli, Twilight, Barbie & Maya)
Weed abatement team and their bodyguards