It wasn’t SummerWind, says owner

Published 5:48 pm Tuesday, July 17, 2018

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Smithfield Winery’s $10 million lawsuit against the town of Smithfield mentions an unnamed vineyard and winery in Isle of Wight County, with whhich it alleges the town is collaborating on a tasting room at Windsor Castle Park. 

It is not SummerWind Vineyard, said owner Kim Pugh about her winery located in the Day’s Point area of Isle of Wight County.

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Pugh said she received numerous calls about that portion of the court document, which was included in a July 11 story about Smithfield Winery’s lawsuit against the town. {mprestriction ids=”1,2,3,4,5,6″}

Pugh said SummerWind appreciates the public’s recognition of her family’s business, but “we are not currently, or have not at any time in the past, entered into any discussion or negotiation with a Smithfield town official concerning the addition or opening of a wine tasting room in or around the Windsor Castle manor house.” 

SummerWind is in the process of opening its own tasting room at its 11-acre vineyard located off Days Point Road this fall, said Pugh.

Pugh said that SummerWind Vineyard and the Smithfield Winery have maintained a business relationship over the years and she does not want to jeopardize that for the future. 

Smithfield Winery operates a vineyard next to the manor house at Windsor Castle Park, as well as a winery on North Church Street downtown. 

In its suit filed July 9 in Isle of Wight County Circuit Court, Smithfield Winery alleges the town has not honored its renewed lease for the vineyard, and if it maintains that stance, asks the court to award the company $10 million in damages. 

Smithfield Winery planted its vines at Windsor Castle Park in 2013. 

Diane Sheldon with Hampton Roads Winery said they are also not working with the town of Smithfield to open a tasting room in the Windsor Castle Manor House. 

Hampton Roads Winery is located in Surry County.  {/mprestriction}