Long Meadow Ranch
Long Meadow Ranch
Chris Hall, Proprietor and COO
Leaders in sustainable winemaking and agriculture in California, Chris and his parents, Ted and Laddie Hall, run Long Meadow Ranch, which includes their 650-acre Mayacamas Estate home ranch, the 90-acre Rutherford Estate in Napa Valley and the 145-acre Anderson Valley Estate in Mendocino. They are pioneers of the concept of Full Circle Farming, an organic, sustainable, integrated farming system that relies on each part of the ranch to contribute to the health of the full operation. The Hall family is currently cultivating over 2,000 acres of land that produce estate-grown grapes and wine, olives and olive oil, fruits and vegetables, eggs and grass-fed lamb and beef, including one of the largest folds of Highland cattle in the U.S.
Chris, 38, grew up in the family business, as his parents acquired and began restoring Long Meadow Ranch in 1989. He has been involved in the vertically integrated agricultural enterprise since planting his first organic vegetable garden at age 12, selling the bounty to local community members. This small vegetable garden success inspired Chris throughout his career to pursue “excellence through responsible farming,” as a vintner, farmer, restaurant owner, and now Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Long Meadow Ranch.
Chris employs these responsible farming values in leading the Long Meadow Ranch vintners and farmers, who produce wines from over 150 planted acres in Napa and Anderson Valleys using organic practices certified by California Certified Organic Farmers.
In addition to winemaking and farming, Long Meadow Ranch operates a general store and wine tasting bar in the historic Logan-Ives House, an outdoor cafe, a farmer’s market, and an acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, all located at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch (738 Main Street, St. Helena in the Napa Valley). Long Meadow Ranch’s celebrated American farmhouse cuisine is rooted in the Hall family tradition of showcasing ingredients fresh from our farm, ranch, and vineyards. The destination location also includes working gardens and a variety of unique event spaces.
Stony Hill Vineyard
The first Stony Hill harvest came in 1952, and the wine was snatched up quickly by family and friends. By 1954, every bottle was sold via mailing list, with a waiting list growing by the day. Eleanor ran the business end of things and Fred made the wine, developing Stony Hill’s signature restrained style and minimalist approach. Upon Fred’s death in 1977, his assistant and protégé, Mike Chelini, picked up the winemaking mantle and has carried on Stony Hill’s winemaking tradition for now over 40 years.
After Eleanor’s passing in 1991, her son Peter and daughter-in-law Willinda assumed day-to-day management of the winery. And in 2011, their daughter Sarah joined the family business. Sarah’s entrepreneurial spirit, along with a commitment to maintaining Stony Hill’s reputation for wines of impeccable quality and longevity has brought the winery into a new era of renewed respect for Old World style winemaking with success and grace.
In a deal between two family-owned Napa wineries, St. Helena’s Long Meadow Ranch has purchased a majority stake in the famed Stony Hill Vineyard, located in Napa’s Spring Mountain District. The sale included the Stony Hill brand and inventory, and its 35 acres of vineyards. The McCrea family retained a small stake in the business and company president Sarah McCrea joined Long Meadow Ranch’s executive team. Her father, Peter, also stayed on as part of the advisory board.
The two families have been friends for years and Long Meadow Ranch COO Chris Hall believes it’s an opportunity for two families to come together. “When I was a kid, my dad collected Stony Hill, and so from a wine perspective, we’ve always really admired them,” said Hall, noting that the long-term friendship of the family made it even more appealing.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Ruth’s Chris Steak House is internationally renowned for its unbeatable USDA Prime steak, as well as the fun-loving attitude with which it is served. Offering a variety of exquisite dishes to match distinguished tastes including live Maine lobster, the freshest seafood, tender veal, plump chicken and succulent lamb chops, Ruth’s Chris invites dinners to indulge their taste buds. Guests will also enjoy the freshly-cooked vegetables including the signature creamed spinach, eight tantalizing potato selections, crisp fresh salads with delicious house-made dressings and a full array of mouth-watering appetizers. At Ruth’s Chris, they use only the best ingredients and that philosophy extends from the kitchen to the wine cellar to the bar.
To know the story of Ruth Chris’s Steak House, it is important to learn about the fearless founder, Ruth Fertel. With fierce ambition, she built a modest steak house into the world’s largest fine-dining company. Ruth opened up the restaurant in the 60’s and now has several franchises throughout the nation. The restaurant celebrated the 40th anniversary in 2005 and went public later that year. Decades after its opening, the restaurant continues to provide their customer with the same great service that Ruth prided herself.