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150 backers pledged $26,001 to help bring this project to life.

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This is Our Story.

Dear Kickstarter Fans, wanna help us give birth to a new winery? We are in start-up mode of creating our future in running a small winery.

Here's the deal...We hope you find our project worthy of your support; we can’t do it alone.

It takes the TLC of a farmer to produce exceptional vineyards to make spectacular wines folks! Funding for the grapes is only a fraction of our start-up costs, but we believe paying our farmers is the most important of them all. With our Kickstarter Fund - we will pay our Farmers First!

Ali & Eric in 2004, we didn't know then that our very first wine would be made from the Sauvignon Blanc Vineyard on the hillside behind us!
Ali & Eric in 2004, we didn't know then that our very first wine would be made from the Sauvignon Blanc Vineyard on the hillside behind us!

The farmers and their vineyards are spread among the precious AVA’s of Northern California. We are proud to say that each of these vineyards is family owned...here's what we are purchasing for our first vintage this year:

  • Sauvignon Blanc: 6 tons, Sonoma Mountain AVA, The Morris Family
  • Semillon: 2 tons, Sonoma Mountain AV, The Morris Family
  • Chardonnay: 4 tons, Sonoma Coast AVA, The Hybiske Family
  • Pinot Noir:
  •        4 tons Sonoma Coast AVA, The Klopp Family
  •        2 tons Russian River Valley AVA, The Moore Family
  •        2 tons Anderson Valley AVA, The Hall Family

We hope to also make Cabernet Sauvignon but are currently hesitating to move forward with a vineyard due to funding (Cabernet grapes are the MOST expensive of all). Oh but we are getting close...

Other approx: start-up costs we are incurring THIS Harvest add up to more than $80,000+...

  • Federal Compliance Permits and Licenses
  • Winemaker Consulting Fees (they are worth even more!)
  • Custom Crush Facility Fees - Vinify is also family owned! 
  • Old Wine Barrels, New Wine Barrels, Stainless Steele Barrels & BUNGS of course!
  • Gas in the car (have you noticed Gas prices in Cali?!) so we can check all out vineyards each week.
  • Picking Bins for the Grapes.
  • Transporting Pinot Noir grapes from Anderson Valley after harvest. 
  • Web design, labels, packaging, bottles, corks...shipping boxes.

Harvest 2014 is our very first vintage.

This is NOT a vanity project, starting a small family winery is our dream, our passion, our future, Our Business. We are using our life savings (and future income) to work with the best young winemakers around & hope to raise funds for help with our vineyard contracts (for our Northern California grape growers).

Who is WE you ask?  Read up about us -  Eric and Ali Story!

A Bit of History or “Why we know our stuff!”

With a combined 30+ years in the wine industry, both of us have full-time jobs in the wine business working for family owned businesses. We've both helped sell and market hundreds of small production wines made by folks like us so we're intimately familiar with the business. Our passion is the story behind the wines, the people, the places where the fruit comes from, and the authenticity of the family operated businesses. 


We can't wait to begin telling Our Story

It's our hope to make Smith Story Wine Cellars successful from the start and create full time careers for our own family business in the years to follow. 

Thank you for taking the time to read about us and listen to Our Story. We ask that you support us with a donation and help to spread the word about our start-up needs this summer. Our farmers & grape growers are golden and we want to support their year-long efforts in the vineyards with prompt payments!

How Kickstarter Works

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing model; if we don’t reach our goal by the end of the fundraiser, your account will not be charged and we won’t receive any funding.


To pledge to a project, just click the green “Back This Project” button on this page. You will be asked to input your pledge amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. Note that you must finish the Amazon checkout process for your support to be recorded. Again, some people run into trouble completing their donation—If you encounter a problem, please contact us at info@smithstorywines.com

Drink what you love, love what you drink. This is Our Story.

- Eric & Ali

 (Waylon Thornton provided the audio tune for our little video)

Risks and challenges

Our BIGGEST challenge is funding. Our business plan is solid and is already being executed successfully, due in large part to our credibility and experience in the wine business. The project is in full swing and nothing will stop Smith Story Wine Cellars.
It takes a small village to make a single bottle of wine, we are working mindfully to make sure our village is full of people that share our same spirit and passion.

Our passion and determination are fueling our new beginnings!

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Thank You! We'll send you a handwritten picture postcard of one of the vineyards you helped fund! Your name will also be listed as a supporter on The Smith Story Wine Chapters site.

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    Thank You! We'll send you a new Smith Story Wine Cellars market bag. You'll also receive VIP invitations to attend Smith Story events anytime we visit your region of the world. Your name will also be listed as a supporter on The Smith Story Wine Chapters site.

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    Everything the $25 Backer receives + a copy of Gatherings, recipes from the Rustic Soul of Healdsburg, by author Jack Sonni

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Thank You! Your reward is a few things, 1) A Smith Story market bag 2) Open invitation to walk a vineyard with Eric & Ali whenever you're visiting the Bay Area 3) VIP status on our mailing list for allocated wines 4) VIP invitations to attend Smith Story events anytime we visit your region of the world. 5) Your name will also be listed as a supporter on The Smith Story Wine Chapters site. 6) Invitation at our Spring Release Party in California!

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    Thank You! You'll receive 1) A catered lunch for two in a vineyard with Eric and Ali. Plus...everything the $100 backer receives.

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    Pledge $3,400 or more About $3,400

    Thank You! This amount allows us to at make a barrel of wine from 1 ton of grapes. Your reward...1) You name the barrel of wine! 2) Your name (or company) will be included on the back label of the bottle as well 3) Your name will be listed on both our website and The Smith Story Wine Chapters blog. 4) You'll also receive VIP status on our mailing list for allocations 5) Join us for a VIP walk and catered lunch for four in a vineyard with Eric and Ali 6) We’ll make a private appearance whenever we visit your region to tell Our Story to your inner circle of wine lovers. 7) We'll also send you a set of 4 beautiful hand-blown Zalto wine glasses for Christmas 2014!

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Funding period

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