Our philosophy here at Stonemason Cellars is that the best wine starts with the best vineyard. We work tirelessly to curate the best vineyard sites and oversee the farming practices they use. Doing this helps to ensure the highest quality "raw materials" are being used to make our wines. Using an old world winemaking philosophy with fruit from the new world, we can create ultra-premium wines and deliver them to our consumers at a great price.
Traditionally in this industry, wineries and vineyards were separate entities. Vineyards grew the fruit, and wineries bought it(typically by the ton) to make the wine. This system created an issue of quality because vineyard owners and winemakers often had drastically different opinions on how to farm the grapes. Vineyard owners want to maximize the number of tons yielded, and the winemakers want to minimize yield to increase the quality of the grapes.
To avoid any of these dilemmas in quality Stonemason Cellars tries to manage all of the vineyards involved in the winemaking process. Using sustainable farming practices*, we oversee the maintenance of two vineyards in Sonoma County, CA. We currently manage a Vineyard in Alexander Valley and a vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Although we do not presently oversee a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, we have reached out to those that do and can work closely with them to ensure the highest quality. This year, our Cabernet Sauvignon will come from a biodynamically dry-farmed vineyard in the Alexander Valley. The strict farming practices help give us the best expression of the rocky hillside vineyard's unique terroir.
Grapes are picked by hand early in the morning to preserve fresh acidity. Once they arrive at the winery, the grapes are hand-sorted, processed, and put into tanks. All of the wines we create use minimal added sulfur and all-natural flavors and tannins from the vineyard. In the cellar, we use 100% French oak when aging our wines. Our winemaking philosophy is to be transparent in all that we do. We strive for this transparency while delivering flavorful yet elegant wines at the best prices we can offer while keeping our "doors open".
As we all know, it takes a village to get anything done right. We would not be in business today without the love, help, and support of our friends and family. This support has driven us to want to give back to this lovely local community in which we are so blessed to live. We are working on creating a wine that donates some of its proceeds to a local charity, and we look forward to hosting many charitable events and drives in the future. We strive to be the local watering hole where everyone can join us to drink good wine, laugh with friends, and enjoy this crazy thing we call life together.
At Stonemason Cellars, we feel that competitive pricing is a crucial part of our brand's accessibility. We want to make sure we never sacrifice the quality of our wines by making them in small quantities. Unfortunately, this combination means that we expect to sell out of every varietal every year. We feel this offers our members the opportunity to get high-quality Sonoma County wines at a great price. We apologize in advance if we have sold out of your favorite vintage when you go to get more!