History of Smith Vineyard
Our estate vineyard is within the Sierra Foothills appellation, near Grass Valley. At 2,500 ft. elevation, our wine grapes get their fruity ripeness from long sunny days and their balanced complexity from cool Sierra nights.
Small lots of each varietal come in from our 10 acre vineyard. At this size, we have the luxury of focusing our full attention on each vine and each barrel, making fine wines that will go beautifully with good food and good friends.
The Smith Vineyard is located in the Sierra Foothills town of Grass Valley, California at an elevation of 2500 feet.
Smith Vineyard produces hand crafted, small-lot estate wines. Our 10 acre vineyard is planted in premium varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Primitivo, Syrah and Chardonnay. Dr. Wayne Smith fulfilled his desire to farm when he planted the first vineyard block in 1980, Wayne’s dedication to organic farming soon followed.
The winery began operation in 1987. The winery is housed in a restored barn that dates back to the early 1900’s, it is surrounded by a rich canopy of pines and heritage oaks.
Today… Wayne’s grandsons, the third generation, work alongside their parents, Gary and Chris, in the operation of the Vineyard and Winery.