Schmidt Family Vineyards


Truly a family run winery and vineyard where three generations of the family are involved in making the wine, running the business and even creating the menu. We have visited and filmed Schmidt Family Vineyards in the Applegate Valley twice.

Jesse Brons, Spencer Brons, Duncan Brons, Rene Brons, Judy Schmidt, Cal Schmidt

Our first visit was during the winter months proving that wine tasting is of course a year around activity. There was snow on the ground and we met Cal Schmidt the head wine maker and his daughter Rene.

One of the many areas to enjoy a glass of wine and a sampling from the menu
Our first film we produced for Schmidt Family Vineyards. We sampled the wines and enjoyed a charcuterie along with a pizza from the wood fired oven.
They also make a delicious burger!

The grounds of the winery are just gorgeous at anytime of year. We loved sitting by the pond on our second visit which was during crush. You can plan your visit by visiting their website here.

View of the tasting room from across the pond

And talking about crush. It is my favorite time of the year to visit a winery. This is when you might see grapes being picked and the various aspects of wine production. Our film below is from our second visit when we met with Duncan as he pressed some grapes and watched Rene do a lab analysis on the current batch of Tempranillo.

There are a number of ways to aerate a red wine. Some wineries do a punch down, some a pump over. This was the first time I have seen this particular method.
Pressing grapes
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Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


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