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Over 36 years of marriage, Steve & Sally Tatum have built two businesses and a family, which today are completely intertwined, like the grape vines growing behind their home.
The Tatum's have achieved a reality of owning a Vineyard & Winery that started when they first planted their grapes in 2003 and opened the doors of the winery in 2011. Since then their adventure has grown into Grandfather Vineyard and Winery, the first producing winery in Watauga County that is producing world class wines!
Steve has been a custom furniture maker since 1977 and they have owned, Tatum Galleries, a retail furniture business in Banner Elk since 1978. Now you will find Steve in the vineyard most everyday, caring for his mountain side vineyard.
Dylan Tatum, Steve and Sally's son, is the Winemaker and General Manager. He has a 2 degree in viticulture and oenology (study of Winemaking) from Surry Community College and a 4 year bachelor degree in business management from Appalachian State University and is creating award winning wines including whites, reds, rosés, and even an ice wine.
Meet the Staff
Nicole grew up in FL and graduated with her degree in Accounting from USF in Tampa in May 2014. She moved to Boone this past September not knowing a single person hoping to start a new adventure. She has a full time accounting job, works in the Tasting Room on the weekends and is also our special events coordinator. In her free time, Nicole enjoys hiking, boating and playing with her two dogs.
Emily is a native North Carolinian who grew up near Winston-Salem. She is currently in her last year at Appalachian State studying Fermentation Sciences. When she graduates, she hopes to pursue a career in viticulture and winemaking outside of the States. She enjoys being outdoors, reading, gardening, and of course, drinking wine.
Rue grew up in deep Southern Georgia. She is currently attending Appalachian State University seeking a degree in Appropriate Technology. After graduation Rue aspires to work in the renewable energy industry, eventually operating a fully sustainable vacation resort. Her free time is spent enjoying live music and taking her fur babies on hikes and other adventures.
James is originally from Boston, MA. After spending seven years in the military he moved to the High Country with his wife Kelly. James is currently attending Appalachian State pursuing a Fermentation Science degree. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, being in the outdoors and home-brewing his own beer.
Originally from Sonoma, California, Chris completed his studies at Sonoma State University in 2011 and explored his passion for wine outside of California by working in vineyards from Northern Spain to Southern Utah. He also enjoys playing golf, hiking the Blue Ridge and training his pet Nubian goats.