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Tennessee Wine and Grape Board

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The Tennessee Wine and Grape Board was established by legislation and signed into law by Governor Bill Lee in May of 2019.  The Board was established to support the growth of the wine industry and was allocated funds that must be used to:

  • Increase the number of wineries in the state
  • Improve the quality of wine produced by wineries
  • Promote with wine industry and viticulture
  • Implement and maintain a wholesaler rebate program for Tennessee wineries

The Board is comprised of seven members including representatives from the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Tourist Development as well as five other members appointed by the Governor. The board is attached to the Department of Agriculture for administrative purposes.

Notice of Next Meeting

Previous Meeting Minutes

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Bill Sanderson
White Squirrel Winery, Kenton

Rick Riddle
The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, Maynardville

Kix Brooks
Arrington Vineyards, Arrington

Cary Cox
Tslai Notch Vineyard, Madisonville

Dr. Tony Johnston
Professor, Middle Tennessee State University’s Fermentation Science Program

Melanie Beauchamp
Assistant Commissioner, Department of Tourist Development

Keith Harrison
Assistant Commissioner, Department of Agriculture

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Tennessee Farm Wine Growers Alliance
Adam Acampora, Executive Director
tennesseewines.com

MTSU Fermentation

 

Middle Tennessee State University
Fermentation Science Program
Dr. Tony Johnston
mtsu.edu/programs/fermentation

UTIA AREC

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Dr. David Hughes
ag.tennessee.edu/arec

UTIA Plant Science

 

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
Plant Sciences
Dr. David Lockwood
ag.tennessee.edu/plantsciences

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University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
Center for Profitable Agriculture
Rob Holland
ag.tennessee.edu/cpa

Grapes

William O. Beach Award

The William O. Beach Award is given to the top wine made in Tennessee using 100% Tennessee sourced fruit.

2019

2018

  • Hillside Winery 2017 Muscadine Spumante

Are you interested in submitting your wine for consideration for the William O. Beach Award? Please submit your wine to Wines of the South for consideration.

Tennessee Governor's Cup

The Tennessee Governor’s Cup Trophy recognizes the best Tennessee Appellation Wines from East, Middle and West Tennessee.  Only Tennessee Appellation Wines, those wines made from at least 75% Tennessee fruit, are eligible for this recognition.

2019

  • East TN – Tennessee Wine Co. 2018 V3
  • Middle TN – Beachaven Winery 2015 Judge’s Choice Chambourcin
  • West TN – Century Farm Winery 2018 Vintage Muscat

2018

  • East TN – Hillside Winery’s 2017 Muscadines Spumante
  • Middle TN – DelMonaco Winery’s 2017 Concord
  • West TN – Century Farm Winery’s 2017 Traminette

Are you interested in submitting your wine for consideration for the Tennessee Governor’s Cup? Please submit your wine to Wines of the South for consideration.

Tennessee Three-Star Medals

The Tennessee Three-Star Medals recognizes the top Tennessee Appellation Wine in each of the three Grand Divisions of the State: West, Middle, and East.  Only Tennessee Appellation Wines, those wines made from at least 75% Tennessee fruit, are eligible for this recognition.

Tom Brown Decanter Award

The Tom Brown Decanter Award: Not a yearly award – only given when the Board of Directors feels it is deserved.  The award can be given to any individual whose efforts in supporting/growing the Tennessee wine industry are substantial and far reaching.  Awardees are selected by the Board of Directors.

2019 – Dr. David Lockwood

Award Information Courtesy of Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance

Kyle Hensley
Business Development Consultant
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
615-767-9758
kyle.hensley@tn.gov