Stone Hill Winery, one of Missouri’s leading wine producers has transitioned to the next generation. Jon Held, former Vice President and General Manager, is becoming Owner and President of Stone Hill Winery based in Hermann.
In 1965, Jim and Betty Held bought Stone Hill Winery and began the long process of restoring its historic buildings and vaulted underground cellars, which had fallen into disrepair after Prohibition.
Today, Stone Hill is Missouri's oldest and most awarded winery producing more than 250,000 gallons of wine a year.
According to Jon Held, “My parents were incredible at hospitality and customer service, once they got a customer in the door they could sell them on Stone Hill wines.
As the business grew, they decided to open two satellite wineries in very strategic locations; the booming tourism town of Branson and along the I-70 travel corridor in New Florence. It was a brilliant move by my parents.
In recent years as Stone Hill increased distribution to grocers and markets all across the state they began to realize the satellite winery business model had outlived its lifecycle and the satellite locations needed a new direction. It presented a perfect opportunity for Thomas and me to create separate businesses that satisfy our individual long term goals.”
Stone Hill Winery in Hermann will continue producing its award-winning wines while expanding its distribution territory.
According to Jon Held, “We have a great winemaking and grape growing team at Stone Hill; combined the three winemakers and our vineyard manager represent about 70 years of experience with us. They’re an incredibly talented group of professionals and it shows in the quality of our wines. My biggest goal has always been to rebuild Stone Hill to the stature it had prior to prohibition and to honor my parent’s legacy. They’re responsible for the reawakening of the Missouri Wine Industry – their life story is really incredible.”
“We are proud of the prospect of the next generation continuing the legacy,” says Jim Held, founder of Stone Hill Winery. “After 50 years it’s time, and we give our blessings to Jon and Thomas on the direction each of them have chosen.”
From all the entries, selected wines were chosen to receive the "Medal of Merit," that is wines that were considered representative of their regions and varieties, comparable to a Silver Medal. The judges also selected wines they believed to be great wines, awarding them the "Medal of Excellence," equivalent to a Gold Medal. Finally, only 55 wines were chosen as Jefferson Cup nominees, equivalent to a Double Gold Medal, by the panels, to be considered for the highest honor, the Jefferson Cup.
Stone Hill awards included:
- Jefferson Cup: 2013 Chambourcin
- Jefferson Cup: 2013 Cross J Norton
- Jefferson Cup: 2013 Estate Bottled Norton
- Excellence: 2014 Vignoles
- Merit: 2013 Reserve Chardonel
- Merit: 2014 Traminette
- Merit: 2013 Reserve Vignoles
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