Jeanette Smith began working in Virginia vineyards in 1981 while studying Horticulture at Virginia Tech. Since receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1983, she has been involved in the planning, management and maintenance of wine grape vineyards in New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.

Jeanette has worked as a vineyard laborer, manager, agricultural extension agent and consultant. She founded VineSmith Vineyard Services in 1998. She operates her own farm in Shenandoah County, Virginia.