This page is dedicated to consolidating information on setting up and operating a vineyard or winery.
Licensing and Permitting
- TN Farm Winery License
- A Farm Winery permit allows a farm to transport produce grown on their farm to a TABC licensed winery for the manufacture, bottling and labeling of unfortified wine from that produce. The bottled wine will then be returned to the farm, where it can be sold in sealed containers. The farm winery can also offer single servings of its wine for complimentary tasting. A farm winery can also offer single servings of its wine with or without charge as tastings and can sell their wine by the drink or by the bottle for consumption on premise. A Farm Winery can also hold up two (2) Satellite Facility licenses, where they can conduct any business authorized at their Farm Winery.
- TN Winery License
- A winery license allows a facility to manufacture, bottle and sell alcoholic vinous beverages. A winery can also offer complimentary tastings of its wine at the winery, and may sell at retail in sealed containers, but not for consumption on the premises.
- TN Wine Making on Premise License
- A winemaking on premises facility license allows a facility to have individuals who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older to come to their establishment, purchase ingredients and rent the equipment, time and space to manufacture and bottle wine for personal use.
- TN Direct Shippers License
- A Direct Shipper license allows any person, firm or corporation who holds a federal basic permit to manufacture, bottle or rectify wine, to ship that wine by common carrier to its consumers in the State of Tennessee who are over the age of twenty-one (21) and have purchased the wine directly from the direct shipper.
- Federal Wine Permit
- TN Farm Winery License
Start-Up and Business Operation
Winery and Vineyard Feasibility Workbook
- Winery Ten Year Financial Planning Workbook
- Estimated Vineyard Establishment with High Trellis and Cost Pet Acre
- Estimated Vineyard Establishment with Geneva Double Curtain
- Estimated Vineyard Establishment with a Vertical Shoot Position
Establishing Your Business
Research and Studies
University of TN Ag. Extension
- Growth Prospects for Tennessee Wine Industry (Major Findings)
- Growth Prospects for Tennessee Wine 2016 (Full Report)
- Starting Your Own Wine Business
- Grape Growing in Tennessee
- So you want to grow grapes in Tennessee?
- Market Development for Specialty Crops 2002 (Full Report)
MTSU School of Fermentation
Out of State Universities
Grants and Funding
Preliminary Actions for Grant Applications
A majority of Federal Grants will require you to be registered with the System for Award Managment (SAM)and also to have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number. Neither of these applications cost money, but they can take time so be sure to take care of this right away. If you are already registered with these systems, you do not need to do it again.
- Value-Added Producer Grant The Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income.
- TAEP Grant TAEP is a cost-share program for Tennessee’s Agricultural community. Participation allows producers to maximize farm profits, adapt to changing market situations, improve operation safety, increase farm efficiency and make a positive economic impact in their communities.
Upcoming Conferences and Expo’s
Join us in Syracuse March 19-21 for more wine tasting, networking, learning, socializing, equipment purchasing, meeting the experts, and sharing wine, knowledge, tips & techniques!
The 2019 Conference Program has been announced and is available on our Conference Program page. With 46 speakers, 35 Workshop & Conference sessions, it’s our biggest and best program yet. We’ve added a third Workshop to the Tuesday line-up and are offering sessions Wednesday and Thursday on everything from pricing to spotted lanternfly to cabernet franc. We also have the return of the License to Steal wine marketing conference which has expanded to three days of offerings.