In 1996 Jim and Sandi Ramaker decided they would like to have a weekend getaway at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. Jim found an old 100 acre farm with the original farmhouse still standing. It would soon become their family retreat.
In 2002 Mitchell, Jim and Sandi’s son, attended Surry Community College majoring in viticulture. He had developed an interest in grapes after watching his mom tinkering with kit wines in their basement growing up. Soon after, while living in Hong Kong for Jims work, Sandi applied and was accepted to U.C. Davis for enology. She took her classes online while they lived abroad.
It only made sense to the Ramaker family to start a vineyard and winery in 2004 on their property at Smith Mountain Lake. That same year Mitchell met and married his wife Michelle, a native of Smith Mountain Lake. Jim and Mitchell together began what would be a nine year investment of time and money for the whole family. Sandi Ramaker is our very hard working winemaker, Mitchell manages vineyard procedures, Michelle handles sales and Marketing, and Jim oversees the entire operation.
In 2010 the old farmhouse had to be torn down to make room for an updated facility. Aug. 1, 2013 was our long awaited opening day. We love this area and are devoted to making wine a pleasurable experience for each of our guests whether you are an oenophile or first timer.