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The Grandfather Vineyards Family


The Tatums

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.

Grandfather Vineyard and Winery | A True North Carolina Wine Experience


Meet the Staff


Mounain TimesNicole Winder (Tasting Room/Events/Marketing)

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. P.S. she is also Casey’s mom.


Mounain TimesEmily Williams (Tasting Room/Winery Operations)

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.


Mounain TimesBobby Tatum (Tasting Room/Vineyard/Winery Operations)

Born and raised in Burlington, NC, Bobby is no stranger to Grandfather Vineyard and Winery. He is the nephew of Steve and Sally Tatum and has spent many years visiting the vineyard and watching it develop into what it is today, In 2013, he graduated from North Carolina State with a degree in Tourism Management. He enjoys fishing, playing golf, and loves drinking a cold glass of cider after a hard days work.


Mounain TimesJames Haugh (Tasting Room/Vineyard/Winery Operations)

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.


Mounain TimesChris Denesha
(Tasting Room/Vineyard/Winery Operations)

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.

Our story

"We would like to invite everyone to visit our terraced mountain vineyard and winery, to enjoy with us a glass of fine North Carolina wine."

-The Grandfather Vineyard Family

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    Grandfather Vineyard & Winery

    Grandfather Vineyard and Winery
    225 Vineyard Lane
    Banner Elk, NC 28604

    P: (828) 963-2400

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