About Appalachian Region Wine Producers Association
The Appalachian Region Wine Producers Association was formed in 2015 to promote the common interest of its members in the grape and wine industry of the Appalachian region of East Tennessee.
Our work centers on the following:
- Establishing identity for our wines – For the wine industry, a sense of place is crucial to brand identity. We believe the Nine Lakes Region of East Tennessee qualifies to be its own American Viticultural Area (AVA). If we succeed in establishing a strong identity for our wines, we have the potential to attract investment, encourage production, and increase awareness of the wines offered to customers.
- Promoting Quality and Teamwork – ARWPA is committed to increasing the quality of our regional wines, and we require our winery members to demonstrate quality through participation in competitions, and a lab-run Quality Assurance Program. Teamwork is fostered through participation in regional wine festivals and wine trails.
- Promoting long-term investment – The wine industry is a long-term investment, like the vines themselves, and is more accurately viewed as the legacy of region, not the product of a vintage or year. ARWPA is committed to a long-term investment in the grape and wine industry of East Tennessee. Members of the Appalachian Region Wine Producers Association understand this and seek to work toward a vibrant and thriving industry here in the Nine Lakes Region of East Tennessee.