Stone Summit Vineyard in Big Bear Lake (California) is now the highest-altitude commercial vineyard and winery in the northern hemisphere at 6,750’ above sea level. This honor had previously gone to Terror Creek Vineyard in Colorado at 6,417’. Snow Summit Vineyard began planting grape vines in May 2012 and has since planted more than 2,000 vines. The growing process is expected to take two or more years before the grapes reach proper maturity levels in order to produce wine on site. In the meantime however, Stone Summit Vineyard is using grapes grown in Napa Valley and California’s central coast to begin bottling wines under its label.
High-altitude vineyards have a reputation for producing very distinctive aromas and flavors due to UV Rays, temperatures and other climate factors. Stone Summit plans to produce Cabernet, Riesling, Chardonnay and Merlot wines.