Smith Vineyard’s owners to retire: closing winery but selling grapes to other winemakers

This memo was published on the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:

Re: Smith Vineyard Retiring the Winery and Tasting Room.

To: Our Wine Club Members, Downtown Neighbors and Valued Customers

Someone once said that “drinking good wine, with good food, in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures” and we could not agree with this more! That is why our decision to retire and close the Winery and Tasting Room has been a difficult one. Although many of you may be surprised at this announcement, we can assure you that it has come after much thought and careful reflection. Making this decision has given us the opportunity to look back on all of the fond memories, while at the same time, look forward to our future in retirement. We have made many friends along the way, including our association with other local wineries and all of our neighbors in downtown Grass Valley. But, at the top of our gratitude list is YOU…our valued customer!

The honors that we have received over the years have far exceeded anything that we could have imagined when we began this journey. We have been recognized by Sunset magazine and received multiple awards for our wines over the years. Perhaps the ultimate honor has been to receive Double Gold, Best of Region and Best of State, for our 2013 Primitivo, by Calif. State Fair.

Smith Winery has been operating for 31 years in our community and we look forward to continuing to farm our vineyard and sell certified organically grown fruit to other winemakers. In addition, we look forward to traveling and spending more time with family and friends.

This is not a goodbye, as we hope to stay involved in our local community. It has been our pleasure to cross paths with each of you, and we are deeply grateful for all of your support as we pursued our labor of love. Our Tasting Room will be open through the end of May. Memorial Weekend we will be celebrating our retirement at the Tasting Room. We hope you can stop by.

Cheers to the good memories, good wine and good friends!

Gary and Chris
Smith Vineyard

(Photo: Smith Vineyard)

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

2 thoughts on “Smith Vineyard’s owners to retire: closing winery but selling grapes to other winemakers”

  1. I hear a wine and beer store with another tenant is planned for the tasting room location in downtown GV. I don’t think it will be vacant long.

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