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The Grandfather Vineyards FamilySteve & Sally Tatum

Over 37 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.

Steve and Sally Tatum met when they were fresh out of college, both working at Appalachian Ski Mountain near Blowing Rock. Steve, originally from Burlington, North Carolina, was on the ski patrol during the winter, working construction in the warmer months; and Sally, who hailed from Charlotte, worked in group sales year-round. They were married in 1978.

In 1998, when 13-acre plot of land behind the Tatums house came up for sale. Steve and Sally jumped at the opportunity. In 2003 , Steve, having always had an intrest in wine, decided to plant the first wine grape Vineyard in Watauga County. It started as a small hobby size vineyard that he and and his family would farm together and make a little homemade wine.

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!



The Grandfather Vineyards FamilyDylan Tatum & Nicole Winder
(Winemaker/GM) (Tasting Room Mgt.)

Dylan Tatum, has been a part of the family business since day one. He, along with his parents Steve & Sally have a passion for wine and entrepreneurship and together they built Grandfather Vineyard. He is the Winemaker and General Manager. He has a two year degree in Viticulture and Oenology (study of Winemaking) from Surry Community College and a four year bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Appalachian State University. Nicole, is the Tasting Room Manager, Accountant, and Special Events Coordinator. She received her B.A. in Accounting from USF in Tampa, Florida. Dylan & Nicole met in the fall of 2014, four days after Nicole moved from Sarasota, Florida to the mountains of North Carolina and have been inseparable ever since. They are currently engaged and will be getting married in the summer of 2017. They have two dogs, Casey & Willa and enjoy hiking, boating and enjoying a glass of wine after work with family and friends!

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Meet the Staff


Mounain TimesCasey (Vineyard Dog)

Meet our “Bordeaux Collie” Casey. She was born in 2010 and spent her puppyhood growing up at Grandfather Vineyard. She enjoys meeting customers at their cars and “herding” them into our tasting room. She spends the rest of her day wading in the Watauga River, playing catch with customers and chasing our four wheeler through the vines. During her occasional days off, she likes to go hiking with her humans and watch the animal planet.


Mounain TimesLarissa "Rue" Hobgood (Tasting Room)

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.




Mounain TimesAmanda Gilbert (Tasting Room)

Amanda is a North Carolina native from the town of Taylorsville. She is currently attending Appalachian State University while pursuing an under graduate degree in Middle Grades Education w/ concentrations in Social Studies and Language Arts. After graduation, Amanda plans on attending a graduate school for education. In her free time she enjoys Netflix, snowboarding, eating, and napping.




Mounain TimesChris Denesha
(Assistant Winemaker, Winery/Vineyard 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 and Winery
    225 Vineyard Lane
    Banner Elk, NC 28604

    P: (828) 963-2400

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