Pretty-Smith Vineyards & Winery

Pretty-Smith Vineyards & Winery
13350 River Rd
San Miguel, CA  93451

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Tasting Room Open Fri–Sun 11–5

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A decade has passed since former international business executive Lisa Pretty traded her life in the fast lane for a life in the vineyards and started Pretty-Smith Vineyards & Winery. The land she purchased yielded 45 acres of grapes, including the first Cabernet Franc vines planted in the region.

Lisa’s first vintage in 1999 featured a full lineup of estate varietals and blends, including a Ruby-style Zinfandel Port. But something told Lisa to hold back 132 gallons of the Port in neutral French oak. “This demonstrated extreme patience on my part,” Lisa confides. She finally bottled it 10 years later as a Tawny-style Zinfandel Port, just in time to toast Pretty-Smith’s 10th anniversary. The recently released Port demonstrates the soft, silky, smooth style for which all Pretty-Smith Vineyards & Winery wines are now known.

Today the Zinfandel vines have been removed and the vineyard consists entirely of Bordeaux varieties, including Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec. Lisa attributes the style of the varietals and blends to extensive barrel aging—mostly in neutral oak.

But it’s more than that. Lisa crafts her wines with the sensitivity of an artist because she is one. She creates a different label for each of her wines, and many of her oil paintings hang in the tasting room. More artwork is on display in the Pretty Café, a reservations-only party room where wine club members enjoy Pretty-Smith wines with food and friends. The café also features a large outdoor deck for those who prefer to savor their wine al fresco.

From the deck, looking out at the golden hills of San Miguel and the estate vineyards of Pretty-Smith Vineyards & Winery, visitors can easily understand why Lisa made the decision she did more than 10 years ago. And, when they taste the wines she has created, they are very grateful, too.


Pretty-Smith Vineyards & Winery

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Tasting Room: No

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: No

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: No

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: No

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No

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