Vice President & General Manager
Jon Held graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Fresno with a degree in Enology-the science of winemaking. While attending CSUF, he was a two-time recipient of American Society for Enology and Viticulture scholarships and was also awarded the Alpha Zeta Agriculture Honor Fraternity Outstanding Senior Award.
" My biggest goal is to see Stone Hill repositioned to the grand stature it held in the years prior to Prohibition."
- Jon Held
After graduation, Jon honed his winemaking skills with an apprenticeship at the Hans Schlatter Weinbau und Kellerei in Hallau, Switzerland. This was followed with a position as assistant winemaker for Andres Wines Ltd., which was one of the largest and most successful wineries in Ontario, Canada.
In 1983, Jon returned to his family's Stone Hill Winery as Vineyard Manager. Today, Jon serves as the winery's Vice President and General Manager and directly oversees the production and operations aspects of the company. In 1994 Jon's expertise at vineyard management was recognized at the Wineries Unlimited Symposium where he was named Winegrower of the Year.
Jon is actively involved in several industry and civic boards and organizations. He has served multiple terms on the Missouri Grape and Wine Advisory Board. He served for nine years as the Midwestern representative on the Eastern Viticulture Consortium Regional Guidance Committee, which administers USDA funding for viticultural research.
Jon Held bio [pdf]