Schmidt Family Vineyards is owned by Judy and Cal Schmidt and began with a dream of farming. Cal grew up on a wheat farm in Kansas. Though a successful businessman he longed to farm the land. He began taking classes in viticulture and winemaking. In 2000 the old Bennett Ranch on the fertile Kubli Bench was purchased and became the setting for what is now the Schmidt Family Vineyards.
Vineyards of Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon were planted in 2001. The first vintage consisting of 300 cases, was produced in 2004 and released in 2006. The wines were very well received and quickly sold out. The 2005 harvest yielded about 1200 cases. These wines are soon to be released. In 2006, production was up to 1700 cases. New vineyards are currently being added. These new vines will include lesser known varietals such as Albarino, of Spanish origin.
242 Missouri Flat Road, Applegate, 846-9985
Along with the fertile vineyards, and a large picturesque pond, several acres of herb and flower gardens have been created which are available for private events.
The tasting room is what the owners like to call industrial elegance and is finished in a craftsmen style and is open Noon to 5 p.m. Daily.