Presentation of the winery
Rich and Claudia Smith arrived in Monterey County in 1973, their children and belongings in the car. Fresh out of college, the young couple was searching for the perfect locale to try out their newly-minted U.C. Davis training. Thirty-five years later, the Smith Family is one of the most influential and respected growers on California's Central Coast.
The Smith family has been instrumental in Monterey's rise to prominence as a world class winegrowing region. Today Rich and his son Jason oversee 3,000 acres of grapes throughout Monterey County, providing fruit to many famous producers. In 1988, the Smiths began producing very limited, much sought-after wines under their own Paraiso banner... The definition of a pioneer is not simply being the first into a new area or endeavor - the term pioneer implies vision, toil, innovation, and success that beckons others to follow. Paraiso's Smith Family has, through four decades, been innovators.