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 have 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.
We have 8 variety of grapevines. Cabernet Sauvigion, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Muscadines, Niagara's and a variety of Kentucky native grapes. We have two vineyard locations, 500 grapevines in Park City and 600 grapevines on Owen Road in Glasgow Kentucky just minutes from Barren River Lake.
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Our Park City location sits on 200 acres, with an on-site photography studio. Gateway Vineyard is an hour north of Nashville, TN and an hour south of Louisville, KY. It's the perfect serene location for any occasion. We host private events, reunions, small or large weddings, or stand-alone receptions. We look forward to serving you to make your event a success.
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26187 Louisville Road, Park City, Kentucky 42160, United States
Monday - Wednesday: Closed
Thursday - Friday: By Appointment
Saturday - Sunday: 10am to 4pm