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Tales From the Dry-Farmed Vineyard

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Stony Hill Vineyard has always flown in the face of tradition: the founders, Eleanor and Fred McCrea, were among the first vintners to plant chardonnay grapes in the Napa Valley in modern times, although experts warned them the varietal would not thrive. The couple was also determined to make a fruity, non-malolactic, Burgundian-style wine, with just a hint of oak. They succeeded, creating lovely, Chablis-style chardonnays, which can actually spend time in the bottle without losing quality. Small production means these wines are not as easy to find as their bold, big-oak cousins, but they are well worth the search.

Cultivating Tradition

From humble beginnings in the 1940s, Stony Hill Vineyard has become one of Napa Valley's hidden gems, thanks to one family's loving care.