Smiling Dogs Ranch is the newest small lot production winery to hit the Lake County Wine Scene. It’s our vision to make small batch wines accessible, using quality fruit, sustainable farming and renewable energy. The Winery operation is supported completely thru Solar and Wind energy. Estate vines provide beauty and fullness through a quality growing environment along with onsite tending, giving all aspects of winemaking the attention that a hand crafted approach will allow. Between the high heats of the area along with deep rich volcanic soils, this area of Northern California has proven to bring life to quality wines. Smiling Dogs Ranch was grown from the passionate belief that the winemaker has for producing a quality product, that is sure to please palettes across the country. Along with the love of his two Samoyed’s, Sophie and Vino, the Winemaker, vineyard and wines are producing a delight that everyone can enjoy!
Winemaker: Scott Simkover, Winemaker and Clinical Laboratory Scientist is bringing his passion of science and art together. 10 years as a small batch brewer led to his desire to try his skills at winemaking. Over the last 8 years he has increased his passion for wines, renewable energy and sustainable farming and has come full circle with Smiling Dogs Ranch. Producing over 7 varietals there is always more on the horizon for this Entrepenuer. Farming Estate wines such as Backyard Zinfandel, deep hued Barbera, Locally sourced Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals, there is always something new fermenting at the Ranch! From Big Bordeaux style reds to lovely Rose’Zins for summer time sipping.. Now is the time to stay tuned to Smiling Dogs Ranch