June 1, 2022


        SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – M. A. Silva USA, the leading manufacturer of premium corks, glass, and packaging in North America, celebrates over 20 years of partnership with Smith-Madrone Vineyards and Winery. Located in St. Helena, California, Smith-Madrone was founded in 1971 by two brothers, Charlie and Stu Smith. Their highly acclaimed wines have placed the winery in Napa Valley’s spotlight for decades.

To celebrate their long-term partnership, Neil Foster, President and Co-Founder of M. A. Silva, met with Charlie and Stu Smith in their vineyard to share a Smith-Madrone vintage sealed with M. A. Silva’s high-end natural cork. During this time, the three reminisced about their years working together and how the industry has changed. Neil Foster recalls when he first dropped off corks and how they were brought straight to Stu Smith’s home rather than the winery. 

The two parties attribute their strong relationship to having the same business values: transparent, sustainable, and consistent. 

With the combined 70 years of industry experience, the partners have learned to navigate droughts, wild fires, a pandemic, and continue to remain strong.

In closing, Charlie Smith ends with a cheers, “there are a lot of cork suppliers in the wine industry; it’s not an accident we are with M. A. Silva.” Both parties look forward to the years ahead, committed to working together in a long-term partnership.




ABOUT SMITH-MADRONE WINERY – Smith-Madrone is one of Napa Valley’s authentically artisanal wineries, founded in 1971 by Stuart Smith. Winemaking and grape-growing are handled entirely by the two brother-proprietors, Stuart and Charlie Smith. All of Smith-Madrone’s wines come from the 38 acres of estate vineyards surrounding the winery, first planted in 1972 ago by Stuart and Charlie. The vineyards extend across steep mountainsides, at steep slopes at elevations between 1,300 and 1,900 feet. Total production each year is less than 4,000 cases. More at www.smithmadrone.com.

Smith-Madrone’s current releases, all sourced from estate-grown fruit from vineyards surrounding the winery at the top of the Spring Mountain District appellation in the northern Napa Valley, are 2017 Riesling, 2018 Chardonnay, 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2021 Rosé and 2013 Cook’s Flat Reserve.

For more information, visit www.smithmadrone.com or call 707.963.2283.

Media Contact: Julie Ann Kodmur | 707.963.9632 | corking@julieannkodmur.com

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