Grandfather Vineyard hosts grand opening Friday

Article Published: Oct. 27, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 29, 2011
Grandfather Vineyard hosts grand opening Friday

Grandfather Vineyard & Winery will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Oct. 28.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

A corkscrew may open a bottle of wine, but it takes more than that to open a winery.

Grandfather Vineyard & Winery owners Steve and Sally Tatum will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Watauga County’s first vineyard on Friday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce officials will cut the ribbon and officially welcome the new winery to the High Country. The Tatums will offer samples of their wines, as well as provide hors d’oeuvres.

The Tatums started growing their own grapes in 2003, shortly after they realized that they were in an ideal location for a vineyard.

In 2005, they tripled the size of their plot and came to the conclusion that their hobby was becoming a business. Their son, Dylan studied enology, the art of making wine, and is a big part of the success of the vineyard’s offerings.

The Tasting Room at Grandfather Vineyard and Winery opened in May of this year and serves the winery’s seven wines. Three of those wines won awards at the N.C. State Fair this month.
Grandfather Vineyard and Winery’s “Ice Wine” won a gold medal and its “Terrace Gold,” a blend of chardonnay and pinot gris, and “Profile Red,” a blend of the vineyard’s eight red grapes, each won bronze medals.

“The idea is to have a few varieties that consistently do well,” Dylan Tatum said.

“Because of the many varieties we have, we can come up with so many different flavors,” Steve Tatum added. “We’ve been having fun experimenting.”

Grandfather Vineyard and Winery is located at 225 Vineyard Lane, just outside Foscoe. From Boone, the entrance is seven miles from the N.C. 105 bypass intersection, on the left side of the road.

“It’s a really beautiful setting,” Sally Tatum said. “It’s a nice place to sit out, look at Grandfather Mountain and drink some wine.”

For more information about Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, visit, or contact Sally Tatum at (828) 963-2400.

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