Country-music artist Kix Brooks, co-owner, Arrington Vineyards, Arrington, Tennessee.
Photo courtesy Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.
Home to over 40 wineries and 150 vineyards, Tennessee will surprise and delight you with its offering of award-winning wines.
On Tennessee's fertile, rolling hills, farmers have mastered the ancient art of growing grapes, yielding a locally-grown product superb for winemaking at its best.
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Move over, moonshine. Thanks to reality television and time honored stereotypes, Tennessee may be better known in the U.S. for illegally distilled whiskey and prohibition era hijinks, but internationally, Tennessee just made global news for its award winning wines.
Tennessee wineries took home 21 medals from the recent Indy International Wine Competition at Purdue University, one of the nation's largest wine competitions. The West Lafayette, Indiana event attracted more than 2,300 wines from 39 states and 14 countries as far away as France, Australia, Chile and Greece. The wines were judged by 44 international experts in a completely blind taste competition based on appearance, aroma, taste, and aftertaste.
For their port wine, “Apropos,” Beans Creek Winery in Manchester was awarded a prestigious Double Gold Medal, meaning that every judge voted for that wine to receive a gold medal.
The Indy is the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States, which is the world's largest wine market. The competition is closely watched by wine writers, winemakers, winegrowers and enologists, chefs and sommeliers, wine distributors, and retailers. Beachaven Vineyards & Winery in Clarksville won a gold for their 2012 Chardonnay. Arrington Vineyards near Franklin took gold medals for their 2010 Merlot, 2012 Chambourcin and 2012 Viognier.
Amber Falls Winery & Cellars, located in Hampshire, won silver medals for their 2012 Cottage Rose and 2012 Romance blends. Arrington’s 2010 Syrah, 2011 Vidal Blanc Chardonnay, 2012 Chardonel Barrel Reserve and 2012 Riesling also took silvers. Beachaven Vineyards & Winery was awarded a silver medal for their 2011 Chambourcin, Beans Creek Winery won a silver medal for their Sparkling Strawberry, and Eagle Springs Winery in Kodak won silver medals for both their Honeymoon and Nectar wines. Bronze medals went to Beachaven Vineyards & Winery for both 2012 Blackberry and Cynthiana varietals, while Arrington Vineyards got a bronze award for a 2012 Chardonnay. A Beans Creek Winery Chardonel also took home bronze, as did Eagle Springs Winery’s 2012 Pride of the South, Screaming Apricot and Wildfire wines.
For more information about Tennessee wines and wineries, contact Tennessee Department of Agriculture viticulture marketing specialist Tammy Algood at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a directory of Tennessee wineries, wine trails, and recipes paired with or using Tennessee wines, visit www.PickTnProducts.org.
For more information on the Indy International Wine Competition, please visit: www.indyinternational.org. The 2013 award winners are listed here: www.indyinternational.org/winners/awards/year/2013.
For harvest year 2011, over 1.26 million pounds of Tennessee-grown grapes
were purchased by Tennessee wineries to be used in the production of wine!
Over 30 varieties of grapes were grown, including: