Ask entrepreneur and native Ohioan Chris Zazo what his secret to success has been over the past twenty-five years, and he’ll immediately point to the values instilled in him growing up in his native Akron. “Hard work, understanding the value of a dollar, and the importance of not cutting corners created a foundation that served me throughout my journey from humble beginnings to success in the roofing industry, in addition to the widespread success of Hailstone Vineyards.”

Growing up on a farm, coupled with his background as a Chef, Chris understands the inextricable link between the earth, elements, and what it provides. In fact, it was the weather that helped his company, Dallas-based Aspenmark Roofing and Solar, experience tremendous growth over the past 10 years. In 2012 and 2013, Aspenmark was tapped by Inc, 500 as one of the fastest growing businesses in America.

For years Chris has wanted to pay homage to what has helped him achieve personal and professional success, with weather the driving force between Aspenmark and Hailstone Vineyards. Hailstone Vineyards is the realization of that dream. Chris is finally combining his two passions, bringing the same attention to quality and craftsmanship in the wines produced by Hailstone that made Aspenmark a benchmark brand in the roofing industry. “I originally wanted to create a wine for the roofing industry as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to our customers. I found the same midwestern values that guided me in creating a successful roofing business helped Hailstone gain legs and recognition on a national level. I wanted to come full circle and bring Hailstone back to my roots.”

Chris is also a Partner with Garrett Ahnfeldt in Napa-based G Wine Cellars. Outside of the wine industry, Chris works with his charitable foundation, Roof Angels, to help those in need keep a sound roof over their head. Hailstone Vineyards is about the atmosphere wine creates: friendship, sophistication, and good conversation.

About Hailstone Vineyards

Hailstone Vineyards is about the atmosphere wine creates: friendship, sophistication, and good conversation over wine and weather. Our focus is on producing small lots of premium wine from varying regions of the valley. By maintaining and farming small block vineyards, we are able control the variables in the vineyard and allow our wines to express the distinct characteristics of the region. Spotlighting the great mountain districts of the Napa Valley as our grape source, allows the final products to expose the true, bold, tannin-structured wines that Hailstone Vineyards creates. Visit
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