I'm thankful for so much, including wine
Growing up, I hated working in the fields on our farm. It was hard work and money was always tight. I loathed the idea of farming because of all the sacrifices you have to make every day. Especially, if you grew up on a dairy farm. It seemed as though, every time my cousins came to visit in their cute dresses or outfits. I would be covered in dirt from head to from working in the field all day or reeked of cow manure. Now I look back on it and I am thankful for my past and my life every single day. It built so much character and adding meaning to my life.
Our Story and Why We Love Wine!
1967, Robert Thomas Smith sold three registered coon hounds named Kate, Old Joe and Lady. The money made from selling two red bones and one black and tan Virginia hound was enough to put a down payment on an 88-acre dairy farm. Located on Jackson Highway in Cave City, Kentucky, this was the beginning of Smith Farms. Throughout the years, Robert Thomas Smith’s sons helped him on his dairy farm and continued his trade.
In 1977, Robert Thomas Smith’s son Nate Smith purchased a dairy farm in Park City, Kentucky from Vaughn Parsley at 22 years old; which was previously known as Coomer’s Farm. In over a 30-year span, Nate Smith would milk 150 head of dairy cattle and managed over 1000 acres with his father. Throughout the years he employed up to 35 people. He also successfully added a Free Stall Barn, Feed Lot and Silo to the farm to enhance dairy production. In addition, Nate Smith raised tobacco, soybean, wheat, and alfalfa hay, selling his products to horse farms in Lexington, KY and out of state.
In 2007, Nate Smith retired from dairy farming in order to be a part of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program administered by the Farm Service Agency. This was to remove environmentally sensitive land from production and establish permanent resource conserving plant species. In 2006, after visiting Napa and Sonoma Valley in San Francisco – Nate's daughter Tonya Smith became passionate about viticulture and enology. With the help of her father; in 2011 she was able to utilize a portion of the land for viticulture and planted her first 50 vines which grew immensely to 1100 grapevines in 2016. Smith Farm’s in Park City has 500 vines planted that range from Kentucky native grapes to Vitis Vinifera and 600 Cabernet Sauvignon on the land purchased by her grandfather in 1967.