The vine struggles against drought, pests, or too much water. However, rooted on each side of this vine is another, and they are both mutually dedicated to reach out and hold on to the weakened vine until it again thrives. So it is with brothers. There are three of them, each with a sense of destiny and resolve to create a vineyard experience in Texas that is second to none.
For each brother, the dream is different: one imagines a bountiful vineyard, another sees a gathering place for friends and family, while the last looks forward to new and lasting memories created nightly. These three dreams have become the collective vision that would make the father smile. Please join Mike, Chris, and Marc Chase at Barons Creek Vineyards and allow each brother’s vision to become a part of your experience.
Russell Smith grew up in Houston and became interested in wine while attending the University of Houston. He moved to Napa Valley in 1983 to pursue a career in winemaking. Russell worked for Joseph Phelps and Flora Springs wineries before returning to Texas to make wine. Most recently, he was winemaker for Becker Vineyards from 1999 to 2012.
In 2012, Russell bought two vineyards near Barcelona in Spain. He now divides his time between making wine in Spain and the Texas Hill Country. Russell is proud to be winemaker at Barons Creek Vineyards.