Join us for an elaborate affair you will not soon forget. This dinner start with a selection of choice appetizers and a selection of award winning wines inside the carriage house of the Belle Meade Plantation, followed by a four coursed dinner paired with more award winning wines from across state.
Each course contains a wine specifically paired by the chef. The winemakers and their staff will be at the tables eating with you talking about the wines and history of how their passion for wine became a reality.
The evening will also showcase the presentation of our prestigious state honors including the Governor’s Cup, William O. Beach, and Tom Brown Decanter Awards.
Menu (by City Farm and Co.)
spread of cheeses, cured meats, pickled and fresh vegetables and fruit with house made dips and crackers
Rosemary buttermilk biscuit
with house pimiento cheese & mixed greens
Cheddar and chive buttermilk biscuits
handmade, served with local jam
Panko Crusted Grit Cake
with Spanish shrimp ceviche and coconut lime cream sauce
Beet napoleon salad
with whipped herb goat cheese, artisan olive oil, balsamic glaze, candied pecans, spinach, and cherry tomatoes
Coq au Vin
braised in a rich wine sauce with mushrooms and bacon served over creamed herb potatoes and roasted carrots
Pudim de laranja
Orange and vanilla Portuguese style flan topped with berry mint salad and gingersnap crumble
- Mill Bridge Winery & Cider
- Old Millington Winery
- Hillside Winery
- Century Farm Winery
- Villa Nove Vineyards
- Watauga Lake Winery
- Highland Manor Winery
- Mountain Valley
- Winery at Seven Springs
- Tsali Notch Vineyard
- Del Monaco Winery & Vineyard
- Wylie Cider
- Spout Spring Estates
- Keg Springs Winery
The Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Annual Conference will be held in conjunction with the Pick TN Conference for 2019. The conference will consist of our annual business meeting, election of new officers, and a selection of classes and workshops. Classes and workshops may be attended by both members and non-members provided they have registered for the conference. Registration will cover access to all workshops and presentations being presented by the TFWA and Pick TN. This will also include access to the Tradeshow floor, which will host a variety of vendors Thursday and Friday.
TFWA Conference Schedule
Advocating for Agriculture: Current Issues for Direct Farm Marketers and Agritourism Operators
Issues in rulemaking and legislation or application of rules and law often arise that could significantly impact direct farm marketing and agritourism operations. This session will provide an update on current issues including property tax subclassification rules and guidance on how producers and organizations can best advocate their positions and needs to decision makers.
Identifying Customer Types and How to Sell Your Product to Them
Not every customer is created equal. When you understand your customer through wine buyer profiles and how your guests relate to your winery, you can identify your customers’ needs and motivations and tailor your presentation accordingly. Figuring out who you are talking with changes how you talk to them.
This session is designed to help you understand the power of positive profiling (rather than pre-judging); it’s not only that it leads to more sales, but also customer satisfaction is actually much higher.
Getting into Grapes and Wine in Tennessee (Panel Q&A)
Does it make sense for me and how do I manage my expectations and set myself up for success? A practical look and discussion on the challenges and business models that exist in the Tennessee wine industry. Covering topics such as Vineyard Management, Buying Bulk Fruit and Juice, Events, Sales, Taxes, Legal Challenges and more.
Don Collier – Owner, Collier Wine Group & Rocky Top Wine Trail
Kip Summers – President, Arrington Vineyards
Brian Hamm – Winemaker, Keg Springs Winery & Belle Meade Winery
Joey Chessor – Winemaker, Grinder’s Switch Winery
Jonathan Ball – VP of Operations, Collier Wine Group & Rocky Top Wine Trail
Chuck Belt– Owner, Spout Springs Estate Winery and Vineyard
Which Metrics Really Matter
How do you know if your tasting room team is winning or losing? Which Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) metrics are you using to keep score? Since team members respect what you inspect, it is these numbers – the ones you poke at – that your team will be sure to focus on if you do. Make sure you are inspecting the DTC metrics that really matter. This session is designed to help you understand the complete DTC sales picture – you will know where to focus for improvements and understand what levers you can change to affect your bottom line.
Coffee with the Executive Director
Enjoy coffee while you get to know the Executive Director, talk about things to come, concerns, challenges, and opportunities that you face as an individual business or that you see on the horizon for Tennessee Wine Industry.
Disease & Virus Management in the Vineyard
This class will provide background information on common grape diseases, including basic pathogen biology and disease epidemiology, to facilitate a better understanding of disease dynamics in the vineyard. I will also discuss cultural and chemical approaches to disease management and share the latest research on alternative disease management approaches.
General Licensing & TTB Issues
Presentation on the step by step needed for getting your winery up and running, dealing with the TTB and all the legal issues around getting into alcohol.
New Vines & Trellis Systems
How deep should I set my vines? Do I need to pre-treat my vines before setting them? What type of Trellis system should I use for Chardonel? These are just some of the many questions growers have as they plant new vines. This presentation will help you get started in the right direction from site selection, to setting posts, and putting the vines in the ground.
Branding & Packaging
Making a fantastic wine is just the beginning when you’re in the Wine Business. You have to surround your product with elements that resonate with your passion. Connect with your customer from the label and website to ….
Working with your State and Local Tourism Department
Local state and regional tourism departments have one goal, to drive traffic from somewhere else to their territory.
Overlapping Licensing & Taxes
Former TABC Director Byrd will be discussing the different types of licensing that exists and how they can interact with each other. Getting into specifics regarding Wine by the Glass and beer service at your facility and how to handle the taxes in those situations.
What is Wine America?
The President of Wine America will be on site discussing just what the organization does in DC to promote the growing wine production in the United States. This is an introduction to how they help our industry at the Federal level, from general initiatives and challenges, tax legislation and shipping laws to music licensing.
VESTA – Addressing the Workforce Needs of the Grape and Wine Industry Through Registered Apprenticeships.
Looking for education and training opportunities? VESTA provides industry-validated online courses in Viticulture, Enology and Wine Business Entrepreneurship, as well as field experiences and technical workshops. Having trouble recruiting new employees and/or retaining current employees? Registered Apprenticeships are unique flexible programs for employers to design programs that will enhance recruitment, advancement and retention of employees. Services and funding provided through local job centers can provide support for both employers and apprentices.
Providing Everything an Eastern Winery
or Vineyard Could Need
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.
Join 15+ wine producers from across the state, showcasing the best wine Tennessee has to offer. SipTN is made up entirely of Tennessee Wineries, come sip, savor, and purchase bottles of your favorite wines. Featuring Live Music, Artisan Crafts, Gourmet Food and fantastic Local Wine.
From the freshest produce and plants to the best wine and food, you are in for a truly Farm to Bottle experience. The festival is planned to be a day of fun with families in mind, so come and stroll around, shop with artisans and vendors, enjoy delicious food and sip wine and hard cider all from local sources. Proceeds from the event stay local, benefitting the Chattanooga Market.
Sip TN Wine Festival facts:
• You must have a valid photo I.D. with a ticket for entry.
• The event is from 12pm – 6pm so pace yourself.
• You will be able to Buy Bottles of Wine to take home.
• NO outside food or beverage allowed, there will be plenty of vendors at the Chattanooga Market.
• NO canopies, tents, umbrellas, or any shading structures with stakes allowed.
• Sip TN is a RAIN or SHINE EVENT, the main booths are under a covered area.
• Please drink responsibly…overindulgence will not be tolerated.
The Gatlinburg Wine Weekend 2019 consists of two events, the Gatlinburg Wine Tour and the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest.
The Gatlinburg Wine Tour is Friday April 12, 2019 and takes you on a guided tour of Gatlinburg’s wineries and wine establishments. Registration/check in runs from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm and the tour begins promptly at 6:00 pm. Seats are limited for this event so we encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Participants of this event must be 21 years of age or older.
The Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest presented by Courtyard by Marriott Gatlinburg Downtown will be held at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts on Saturday April 13 from 1pm – 6pm.
Wineries for the event will come from all over Tennessee! Visitors age 21 and older can purchase a ticket ($25 in advance and $30 at the gate) and receive a wristband for sampling and a branded wine glass. The wineries will provide wine samples of 1 oz at a time to everyone with a wristband. Guests will be able to purchase bottles of Tennessee wine to take home as well as wine related merchandise.
New this year is a special VIP PASS that provides:
– a handcrafted signed and dated wine goblet created exclusively for the Smoky Mountin Wine Fest.
– Participation in a blending session to create a signature wine for the 2020 Wine Fest.
– Early entry on to the venue
– Access to the VIP hospitality room
– Exclusive sampling opportunities at select wineries for VIP Pass holders.
Join us for the third annual Nine Lakes Wine Festival at Melton Lake Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 30 minutes from Knoxville in beautiful East Tennessee. We’ll have dozens of award-winning Tennessee wines to taste, great food, live music, and more.
Don’t miss Nine Lakes Wine Festival: A Taste of Tennessee Wines!
Presenting Sponsor: Celebrate Oak Ridge