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US-based Hertz Cellars owner acquires Napa Valley's Stone Mountain Winery

Napa Valley's Stone Mountain Winery has recently been sold to the owners of Hertz Cellars, the second time in three years that the winery has changed hands.

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At the end of December last year, Gaylon Lawrence, owner of Hertz Cellars, and Ms. Carlton McCoy, CEO, acquired Spring Hill Winery for an undisclosed amount.

This is not the first Napa Valley winery the pair have recently acquired, as they acquired Burgess Winery and Haynes Vineyards in September 2020 and 2019, respectively, while Lawrence acquired Hertz Cellars in 2018.

The pair also appointed Jaimee Motley as winemaker and Laurie Taboulet as estate director, and announced plans to convert the estate to a biodynamic model, just as they have done with other estates.

Founded in 1943 by Fred and Eleanor McCrea, Stone Mountain Winery began as a vacation home before the couple decided to transform it into a vineyard and winery.

Due to their love for white Burgundy wines, they initially planted only white grape varieties and the first wines were released in 1952 and quickly became a success.

The McCrea family later expanded into planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Blanc, and the winery quickly became one of the benchmark brands in Napa Valley.