Nestled amongst the hills and valleys of Kelseyville California, under the shadow of Mount Konocti, is California’s newest grape growing region. Smiling Dogs Ranch is situated high on the hills overlooking local vineyards with a peekaboo view of Clear Lake, California’s largest natural lake. Our Winery and Vineyards are operated 100% by solar and wind renewable energy, allowing sustainable farming practices to be a highlight of our small production lots.
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 now 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 Barberra, Locally sourced Sauvignon Blancs, Merlots 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