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Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery

St. Helena / United States


Founded in 1971, and celebrating its 46th Anniversary this year, a visit to Smith-Madrone on Spring Mountain is a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle that occurs on the Napa Valley Floor.

The Spring Mountain District is one of the five great mountain appellations of the Napa Valley. It covers a lot of ground – its lower reaches abut the quiet residential streets of St Helena town, before the road climbs in vertiginous switchbacks up to 2,265 feet into the Mayacamas Range and borders of Sonoma. Wine has been made in the district since the mid-19th century – the Beringers, already established in St. Helena, planted a vineyard in 1880. In its heyday, before phylloxera and Prohibition, there were some 250 wineries working on Spring Mountain. Today there are only 30, and you’re unlikely to find a more diverse crew of winemakers and grape farmers in Napa, or indeed any American appellation.

Smith-Madrone believes in the premise that great wine can only be made from grapes of superb quality. Grapes of this quality are the result of the right site, soil and weather, along with proper management.

Since the first vintage in 1977, wine making practices have been a blend of the traditional methods of France and Germany coupled with new techniques developed in California. Such processes as barrel fermentation, sur lie aging and open top fermentation require substantial amounts of hand labor, but are essential to the production of wine of great quality. Less than 4,000 cases of wine are released each year, similar to Europe's small estate wineries.

At Smith-Madrone our goal is to make artisanal wines which are distinctive and are an expression of both the vintage and us, as vintners, but above all else, are wines which brings pleasure to the senses. Every year our wine is made from the same vineyards, pruned by the same people in the same way, cultivated in exactly the same manner, and harvested at similar levels of maturity. Yet, Mother Nature stamps each vintage with a unique set of flavors, senses and character. Vintage dating is a celebration of that uniqueness and diversity.

The name Smith-Madrone is a tribute to the Smith Smith brothers and the predominant tree on the ranch. The Madrone is an evergreen with a red-brown trunk and branches. In the spring the tree bears lily-of-the-valley like flower clusters; in the fall orange-red berries appear.

Wine Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Types

Red Wine
White Wine


Family Owned
Off Road Vineyard Experience
 Pet Friendly
 Scenic View
 Winery Tours


1 Event Available

The Smith-Madrone Experience

1h 15m
Party Size
1 - 6


  • SundayClosed to the Public
  • Monday11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • TuesdayClosed to the Public
  • Wednesday11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • ThursdayClosed to the Public
  • Friday11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Cancellation Policy

Reservations can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance. Tasting fees waived with the purchase of one bottle per person tasting.

Also these are group tastings with our winemaker so please be on time.

Deposit Policy

Your credit card will be used to hold your reservation. We will ask you for your credit card on the day of your visit to settle the cost of your visit and any wine purchases.