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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.

Their daughterJesse and son-in-law Lance are often found in the vineyard helping with planting, pruning, harvesting, and greeting visitors at the tasting room along with their son's Lincoln and Chapman.

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Meet the Staff


Mounain TimesChristina Call (Tasting Room)

Christina is from North Wilkesboro, North Carolina and is a senior at Appalachian State University. She is majoring in public relations with a focus in news writing and a minor in political science. Christina enjoys spending time outside hiking, playing soccer and going out on the lake during her time off.


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. Next time you stop by the tasting room be sure to say hello! P.S. she is also Casey’s mom.


Mounain TimesLisa Hurst (Tasting Room)

Lisa was born in Denver, Colorado, but grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. She recently received a degree in business management with a concentration in human resource management from Appalachian State. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time outdoors or catching up with family and friends.


Mounain TimesJames Haugh (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 (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 and Winery
    225 Vineyard Lane
    Banner Elk, NC 28604

    P: (828) 963-2400

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