cru9 wine is a California micro-winery, owned and managed by Faythe Stone-Brocka. Why the name cru9? cru is a French wine term traditionally translated as “growth”, and Faythe is the 9th and youngest child of Marion (Cole) and Vallie Stone.
You may be wondering how an Iowa farm girl gets involved with the fine wine business. I’ve always loved wine as a consumer, but as a farmer, I want to know about the crop and how the terroir influences the crop. Understanding the nuances of wine meant understanding how climate, soil and “place” impact wine quality. I traveled to the great wine regions of California, my favorite place to grow the cru9 varietals.
My motivation to create cru9 emanated from generations of my family; I come from a long line of entrepreneurs. My friend and mentor, Bob Roux, opened the doors and gave me a push. I do not believe in chance. He presents uncommon people and opportunities at the right time and place. Through Bob, I met Tom Hinde. And then David Sayre and Julie Schreiber. With their help, cru9 became real.
Perhaps it’s in my blood. Grandpa Charles made his own hooch out of Cole’s Auto Garage in Lawler, Iowa, during prohibition; I’ve had that same itch to make my own brand… wine style of course. That’s a great story to be shared over a bottle of wine someday. I have owned and managed my own businesses since I was 27. Each of those businesses and all those lessons turned into a fine blend for the creation of cru9.
Awhile back, I married a wicked smart engineer and all around great guy. Mike puts up with this wine monkey business and in return gets some great wine at the end of the day. I got the better end of the union. From that union, came 3 sons, who have given me my most valuable life lessons. cru9 is real because of them as well.