In 1981 we purchased 180-acres in rural Henry County. Like many farm couples, our dedication and desire to stay on the land has driven us to implement a variety of farming ventures. Over the past 29 years, each new venture was designed to be profitable both monetarily and emotionally.
We started out milking a dairy herd and growing Burley tobacco. Other products have included a combination of direct sales of free range chicken, turkeys, organic vegetables and beef.
We are still farmers. We raise organic beef cattle, sheep, hay crops. We also raise organic vegetables for ourselves and for our events. (see Cooking at Smith-Berry Winery for more on that) We have replaced tobacco with grape growing and wine making.
Smith-Berry Vineyard and Winery builds on the relationship we started fifteen years ago with customers picking up vegetables and chickens at our farm. Many of those customers are still our customers, coming to concerts and purchasing wine. They are not just our customers they are our friends.