Having a number of fishermen neighbors and friends we often find ourselves the
fortunate recipients of the freshest fish.
In the Montauk community there's always a constant swapping of bread, wine, fish, produce, honey, eggs, herbs - It makes all the difference to the cooking and dining experience when you know your fisherman, beekeeper, chicken keeper, bread maker, vegetable gardener, oh, and winemaker.
All recipes tried and tested in the Stonecrop kitchen.
Fresh cod with braised celery hearts with anchovies, grainy mustard and capers
At the entrance to Stonecrop vineyard sits our big old Macrocarpa aka Big Mac.
Back in 2003 when we planted our vines we also started a native New Zealand garden, planting in the plot around Big Mac. New Zealand native plants are know for their foliage, form and structure. Lancewood, Lacebark, Hebe, Kowhia, Muehlenbeckia, Coprosma, Flax and Ferns
were just some of the trees and shrubs that we planted.
Thirteen years on most of them are thriving, we did have some winter casualties and some were a tasty snack for the sheep next door, but the New Zealand native plants add another dimension to the entrance at Stonecrop, especially the divaricating plants (wide angled and intertangled) such as Muehlenbeckia and Coprosma, creating a dynamic tapestry as you enter before approaching the vines.
Every year we have a celebration with the East End Classic Boat Society in Amagansett. Friends and boat builders enjoy our trio of wines in the beautiful building next to the
Marine Museum overlooking the ocean.
The East End Classic Boat Society invites anyone who would like to enjoy the fun of wooden boat building to join it at the Hartjen–Richardson Community Boat Shop in Amagansett. For those with no prior woodcraft experience, it’s a chance to learn. For those with know-how, it’s an opportunity to use their skills and guide others. The cost of belonging is only $35 a year.
The group works to maintain traditional skills used to build and restore vintage era boats. Members come from all walks of life, including metal workers, writers, cabinetmakers, artists, carpenters and doctors.
They are open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m.
The society operates from a well-appointed, modern building filled with a wealth of equipment, tools and machinery used to construct new boats of classic design and restore vintage watercraft. The boat shop was built in 2008 and is located behind the marine museum at 301 Bluff Road in Amagansett.
Stonecrop Wines and EECBS make a good team - We each share a passion for a handcrafted, quality product with a focus on traditional skills.
Stonecrop is a small 20 acre vineyard situated on the edge of an ancient riverbed on the renowned Dry River Road, Martinborough. The gravely, deep, free-draining soils combined with the cool maritime climate and low rainfall allow us to produce wines of exceptional quality.
Martinborough Soil scientists discovered a direct connection to Burgundy, an almost identical mix of free-draining river gravels, temperature and rainfall. Excellent concentration, structure, complexity and texture set Martinborough wines apart - low cropping levels, unique soils and climate consistently ensure these qualities are found in the wines of the Wairarapa region. There are other Burgundian connections, including the boutique scale and strong family ties to land, vines and wines. Wines from Martinborough are renowned as premium wines with an international reputation that far outweighs its tiny production levels.
Sustainability Stonecrop is a member of the New Zealand Sustainable Winegrowing programme and is an accredited SWNZ vineyard. The practice of Sustainable Winegrowinghelps to improve the performance of our vineyard with a focus on the conservation of natural resources.
We are committed to using natural methods to control pests and diseases, which means a reduction of chemicals and sprays, creating a healthy environment for soil and vines resulting in the production of the best quality grapes possible and the production of world class
pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and rosé wines.