FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

We receive all sorts of questions from our customers. Here are some of the most common ones:

 

How many wineries are there in Tennessee?

Currently, there are 51 wineries belonging to the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance.

 

Do you grow your own grapes?

Most of our wineries also have vineyards devoted to their favorite varietals and fruits.  We also have members who prefer to raise grapes without having a winery.  These members sell their grapes to our Tennessee wineries and to local markets.

 

When are good times to take tours?

Any time.  We are always glad to see you!

The grape vines usually have their full compliment of leaves by the end of April.  You'll be able to see grapes on the vines from June through the end of September or early October when the harvest ends.  If you have specific questions about harvest dates, etc., please call the winery you plan to visit.

Due to heightened security in the United States, wineries may be limiting the kinds of tours they offer into the actual winemaking areas.  For example, many of our wineries have installed glass windows so that visitors may observe the tanks and equipment.  Please check with the individual wineries to see what kinds of tours they offer.

 

If I bring my own container, can you sell wine by volume?

No, Tennessee law limits us to selling by the bottle only. Don't worry, we have plenty of bottles!

 

How do wines made in Tennessee compare to wines made elsewhere?

Very well! The quality we put into crafting our wines is evident in the large amount of honors won at national and international competitions held throughout the country. Call us! We're eager to brag!

 

Can you ship wine?

Because of legal restrictions placed on intrastate and interstate wine sales, you should contact individual wineries.

 

Do you sell wine accessories?

Yes! Our wineries also have a wide assortment of accessories such as openers, pourers, stoppers, glasses, and racks. We often stock other Tennessee agricultural products such as jellies, jams, and sauces, and custom glassware, t-shirts, and hats as well.

 

What am I supposed to do when the wine arrives at my table?

Your main job is to make sure the server brings you the right wine and that there is no problem with the bottle.  First of all, insure that the bottle is actually what you ordered.  (This is why the server shows it to you before opening it.)  Check the winery name, varietal, and vintage date.

The rest is easy.  All you have to do is taste the wine when the server pours you a small sample.  Just make sure that the wine is clear, that it tastes good, and that it's at the right temperature.  If you are unlucky, and your wine is cloudy, or tastes bad, or is too warm or cold, simply tell your server about the problem.  Otherwise, all you have to do is smile and say, "That's wonderful, thank you."