Nov 4, 2018
In May 1971, with a partnership of family and friends, Stuart
Smith bought a vineyard on Spring Mountain, which today is Smith-Madrone Vineyards and Winery. He was 22 years
old and had just received his B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley
and was taking classes towards his Master's in Viticulture at UC
Davis. 48 years later, Smith-Madrone is going strong and Stu is
full of ideas, opinions, and perspective!
Here are the notes:
- Stu tells us how a 22 year old viticulture student took a trip
to Napa and wound up buying what would become Smith-Madrone
- We discuss what Napa was like in the 1970s v. today
- We chat about what drew Stu to Spring Mountain and
the effort it took to restore this pre-phylloxera vineyard
area, atop Spring Mountain, to a modern vineyard and winery
- We discuss why Smith-Madrone grows what it does -- including
- Stu talks about why Smith-Madrone has stayed small
- And finally Stu shares his theories on why organic, biodynamic
and conventional farming are all incredibly problematic types of
Thanks to Smith-Madrone, whose wines I love and who joined
us for Underground Wine Events, DC!
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