East Tennessee wine business continues to grow

East Tennessee wine business continues to grow

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"Our location on 75 here, we get a lot of customers that came up and down the interstate," said Tennessee Valley Winery owner John Smook. "Those from Florida, from Ohio, and Cincinnati, and places like that." "Our location on 75 here, we get a lot of customers that came up and down the interstate," said Tennessee Valley Winery owner John Smook. "Those from Florida, from Ohio, and Cincinnati, and places like that."
The Tennessee Valley Winery opened it's doors in 1984. The Tennessee Valley Winery opened it's doors in 1984.
"We are getting ready to put up the building," said Cades Cove Cellars operations manager Matt Birkholz.  "We hope to have a lockable structure within two weeks." "We are getting ready to put up the building," said Cades Cove Cellars operations manager Matt Birkholz. "We hope to have a lockable structure within two weeks."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

LOUDON (WATE) - The wine business is growing in East Tennessee.      

One of the oldest wineries in the area is planning on expanding, while the owners of another are set to open their very first location.

One of the first wineries to open in the state was the Tennessee Valley Winery in Loudon.

They opened their doors in 1984.

The owner of that winery says he is ready to expand.    

"Our location on 75 here, we get a lot of customers that came up and down the interstate," said Tennessee Valley Winery owner John Smook. "Those from Florida, from Ohio, and Cincinnati, and places like that."

To get their wine to more customers Smook says he is ready to expand their location here.

"I want to extend our tasting room a little bit, so that we have more space to serve more people," he said, "Maybe put in a few more bathrooms."

This winery is not the only one looking to add customers.

A brand new winery is being built in Townsend called the Cades Cove Cellars.     

The family opening this new winery used to work with the owner of the winery in Loudon.     

"We are getting ready to put up the building," said Cades Cove Cellars operations manager Matt Birkholz.  "We hope to have a lockable structure within two weeks."    

Birkholz says they plan to open this winery by late October.

"We will be offering several different varieties of wine," he said. "I believe at the moment we are slated to offer 14."

Both winery owners says they feel the popularity of East Tennessee made wine will continue to help business thrive in this area.

There are challenges in owning a winery in East Tennessee. It is very hard to grow grapes.

This year was especially bad with all the rain.

Smook says they were unable to harvest any grapes this year, and had to depend on out of state grapes.     

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