Stony Hill sits on steep terraces on the eastern side of the Mayacamas Mountains in the Spring Mountain District AVA of the Napa Valley. Our approximately 40 acres of vineyards are located between the towns of St. Helena and Calistoga and are bordered by Ritchie Creek to the north and Mill Creek to the south. The vineyard was established in 1948, predating Bothe State Park, which surrounds the entire property.
Moderating climatic influences such as northeast exposure and an elevation between 800 and 1550 feet shape this microclimate to be a compelling location for growing grapes. The bright, mineral backbone and tension in our wines are a credit to the volcanic mountain soils.
Stony Hill Vineyard obtained its organic certification “CCOF” in 2019. We are looking forward to advancing to the Demeter certification in the coming years and continuing progress by implementing Regenerative Farming practices. Moving forward, we aim to build a closed-loop system with animals and our own compost to sustain the soil and create biodiversity.
Chardonnay, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer have been the historical white grape varieties planted at Stony Hill with their red counterparts Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot added over the past fifteen years. We have exciting new plantings for Stony Hill coming online with the addition of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Gamay, and Petit Verdot. This project also included the planting of more Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot at varying elevations and soil types to further explore the potential of varieties we have already seen thrive here.
We celebrate and cherish the historic parcels of this estate while establishing new beginnings. We eagerly await these wines that will show continued expression and added possibilities of this site.