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Three generations and 63 years later, not much has changed at Napa’s Stony Hill

It is tempting to think of Stony Hill Vineyard as this lovely flower growing on the flank of Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain, a flower that has miraculously flourished, largely unchanged, since it was planted in 1952.

Such unchanging longevity is not a routine occurrence.  While Napa Valley may be a great place to grow wine grapes, the climate has not been so kind to the people who turn them into wine.  During the half-century-plus that Stony Hill has been producing wine, dozens of other wineries across the valley have flourished briefly only to quickly perish.  Even among the family-owned wineries that have not been sold to corporations or taken public, only Nichelini and Charles Krug have longer tenures.

Winery That Stayed The Course

There have been more than a few wineries stuck in a time warp. While the world around them changed, they stayed the course – and most often failed. Like the makers of rotary dial phones who didn’t change with technology, wineries that didn’t adapt to changing tastes have folded or, more likely, bought by a large corporation.

Such an inevitable fate makes the story of Stony Hill Vineyard an intriguing anomaly.

Stony Hill Winery Stands the Test of Time