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“Spring Mountain District — above the Napa Valley — is a place of individuals, more often than not, of couples, of families, of stubborn, independent people with passion, dreams and a whole lot of energy.”

One of the most spectacular sequences in the film is the time lapse photography of the fog as it moves in from the bay, across the western slopes of the Mayacama range. We were fortunate to be invited to Smith-Madrone, a small artisanal winery at the highest point in the Spring Mountain District appellation. Perched at elevations between 1,200 and 1,900 feet, with dramatic views over the oor of the Napa Valley, Smith Madrone makes four wines: Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cook’s Flat Reserve.

All of Smith-Madrone’s wines are made from the estate vineyards surrounding the winery, planted 41 years ago by Stuart and Charles Smith. The cool mountain climate, coupled with the volcanic mountain soil, produces grapes of intense avor, structure and longevity. The vines are dry-farmed, a green-friendly practice forcing these mountain grapes to “struggle” to survive, with the vines reaching deep to search for water and nutrients.

The winery is open for tours and tastings Monday-Saturday by appointment. Tastings and tours are always conducted by either Charles Smith, winemaker, or his brother Stuart Smith, the GM/Enologist.

4022 Spring Mountain Road,
St. Helena, CA 94574
Tastings by appointment only –
Phone: 707.963.2283

Please visit their website to arrange a visit to Smith Madrone to experience one of the most unique and fascinating visits in the Napa Valley.

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