Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
STAVE and Stone owner Jill House stands in the tasting room display window, featuring a barn wood backdrop from her family’s farm southwest of Hood River.
As of Tuesday, February 9, 2016
One of the newest enterprises in downtown Hood River will be unveiled the weekend of Feb. 13, as Stave & Stone Winery welcomes visitors to its newly renovated location at 210 Oak Street, next to Art on Oak gallery.
While the opening is billed as a “sneak peek,” owner Jill House and her staff are looking forward to pulling back the construction plastic and giving visitors a glimpse of a the nearly finished tasting room.
“It’s been an exciting time, and I couldn’t have done it without the community’s support,” said House, a fourth-generation Hood River farmer. She been transitioning her property southwest of Hood River from apple and pear orchards to wine grapes for several years, ever since she planted her first Pinot Noir vines in 2012. Her dream of opening her own winery has grown with her vineyard. Gallery décor features barn from the Fletcher family farm. The tasting room is a large gathering space that incorporates a small stage for what House said will be regular musical events.
“I love how wine brings people together — celebrations, special dinners, even a relaxing afternoon with friends.” She remembers the glass of wine she shared on the first date with her husband, Kyle. “I’ve had a soft spot for red blends ever since.”
The Stave & Stone Sneak Peek Valentine Weekend will be from Feb. 13-15, from noon to 5 p.m. The event will include wine tastings, Belgian chocolates and prizes. The winery briefly closes after Feb. 15 for finishing touches, but House is planning a grand opening celebration in March. Progress updates are on the winery’s Facebook page, and on the web site at staveandstone.com.