Beans Creek Winery, located in Manchester, TN, opened its doors in October of 2004 with Hillsboro native Tom Brown at the helm. Beans Creek offers an extensive list of award-winning wines, many made from local grapes. The winery began and still operates as a family business, and remains thankful for the opportunity to be part of the small business community in southern middle Tennessee.
To understand the winery today, it is important to know our history. Tom Brown made his first batch of wine in 1976 in his mother’s kitchen. That year, his parents’ vines were heavy with grapes, and his mother (Nana of our Nana’s White sweet wine) was going to “leave the grapes to the birds.” Instead, Tom decided to put the grapes to better use and took his first step toward the excellent wines we produce today. Winemaking was his hobby until 2004, when Tom opened the winery with the help of nine local families.
Tom Brown passed away in Summer 2016. Today, the Brown family is proud to be continuing his dream that began no larger than a grape. Tom’s wife, Becky, and their children (Josh, Ella & Jacob) all work in some capacity with the Winery. As is the true nature of a family business, Tom’s daughter-in-law and son-in-law (Susan & Josh) and all five of his grandchildren (ages 2-13) support and contribute to Beans Creek Winery as well. Over the years, we have welcomed countless others into our family – employees, customers and industry friends. We are thankful for all who have enjoyed a taste of Beans Creek.
Beans Creek Winery was the dream and vision of Tom Brown, and he enjoyed involving his family every step o the way. Josh Brown, Tom’s oldest son, was part of the Winery staff from the beginning. He began an apprenticeship of sorts – watching, learning and, of course, tasting. He took over as Wine Maker in 2013 and Manager in 2015, and continues those roles today.
Josh, 38, is married to Dr. Susan Brown (a chiropractor in Tullahoma) and has one son (Tucker, 13). Before working full-time at Beans Creek Winery, Josh served with the Manchester Fire Department for 13 years and also enjoyed some time on the Tour Guide staff at Jack Daniels Distillery. Similar to his father, Josh is a hobby basement brewmaster, supporter of agriculture, and proud operator of the family business. He is passionate about using an agricultural product grown right here in Tennessee to create something that people from all over the world can enjoy. Josh’s favorite Beans Creek wines are Traminette, an off-dry white, and Apropos, our sweet, port style wine.