Press Release: Grandfather Vineyard’s “Terraced Gold” wine was awarded 85 out of 100 points at Europe’s annual International Mountain Wine Competition held in Aosta Italy in July, missing a silver medal by fewer than three points.
Equally exciting was the interest this wine generated among European judges and wine industry press. Grandfather Vineyard winery is the first U.S. winery to enter a wine in this prestigious mountain wine competition in the event’s 20 year history. “Terraced Gold” held its own with other European mountain wines and according to Dr. Gianluca Macchi, Director of the event’s sponsor CERVIM, everyone wanted to taste “the American wine.”
“Terraced Gold” is a blend of Chardonnay, Viognier and Pinot Gris grapes. The European judges had very positive things to say about the wine, indicating that the only challenge was the wine started strong on the pallet but tended to fall off a little at the end. Says Steve Tatum, owner of Grandfather Vineyard winery, “Being as young as we are as a winery, and the number of great wines we were competing against, we are very pleased the results first time out.”
The name Grandfather Vineyard comes from the popular regional tourist destination, Grandfather Mountain, which is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and can be seen from the winery’s front door. Having opened in May 2011, the winery and terraced vineyard operation is one of the most picturesque wine destinations in the Blue Ridge, commanding a spectacular view the surrounding mountains and streams – all very reminiscent of the type of topography found in the mountain wine regions of Switzerland, France and Italy.
Steve and Sally Tatum and their winemaker son Dylan already have another wine in mind for next year’s mountain wine competition, and with it will come more recognition for the small but steadily growing U.S. mountain wine industry.