2016 Awards

Award Winning Tennessee Wines | Watauga Lake Winery

The following Great Valley Wine Trail wineries have won awards in 2016:

The Winery at Seven Springs Farm

  • 2016 – Gold, Royal Blue, Best of the Appalachians, French Broad Vignerons.
  • 2016 – Gold, Southern Belle, Best of the Appalachians, French Broad Vignerons.
  • 2016 – Gold, James’s Peach, Best of the Appalachians, French Broad Vignerons.
  • 2016 – Gold, Muscadine, Best of the Appalachians, French Broad Vignerons.
  • 2016 – Silver, Riesling, Best of the Appalachians, French Broad Vignerons.
  • 2016 – Silver, Farmhouse White, Best of the Appalachians, French Broad Vignerons.
  • 2016- Silver, Heritage Red, Best of the Appalachians, French Broad Vignerons.
  • 2016 – Silver, Vineyard White, Best of the Appalachians, French Broad Vignerons.
  • 2016 – Concordance Gold, Farmhouse White, Wines of the South
  • 2016 – Concordance Gold, Moscato, Wines of the South
  • 2016 – Gold, Riesling, Wines of the South
  • 2016 – Gold, Vineyard White, Wines of the South
  • 2016 – Gold, Southern Bell, Wines of the South
  • 2016 – Gold, James’s Peach, Wines of the South
  • 2016 – Gold, Royal Blue, Wines of the South
  • 2016 – Silver, Muscadine, Wines of the South
  • 2016 – Silver, Heritage Red, Wines of the South

Eagle Springs Winery

  • 2016 Best of Sparkling, Indian Summer, Wines of the South
  • 2016 Silver, Fearless, Wines of the South
  • 2016 Silver, Red Feather, Wines of the South
  • 2016 Silver, Blushing Eagle, Wines of the South
  • 2016 Silver, Nectar, Wines of the South
  • 2016 Silver, Peach Paradise, Wines of the South
  • 2016 Silver, Pride of the South, Wines of the South
  • 2016 Silver, Golden, Wines of the South
  • 2016 Bronze, Courage, Wines of the South
  • 2016 Bronze, Wohali Legend, Wines of the South

Goodwater

  • 2016 Silver, Rebecca’s Red, Wines of the South
  • 2016 Silver, Noble Muscadine, Wines of the South

Award-Winning Tennessee Wines

Award Winning Tennessee Wines | Watauga Lake Winery

These wineries on the Great Valley Wine Trail have submitted their wines to competition and have brought home medals.  Kudos to them!  We know you will enjoy trying these award-winning wines.

The Winery at Seven Springs Farm

  • 2016 – Gold, Royal Blue, Best of the Appalachians, French Broad Vignerons.
  • 2016 – Gold, Southern Belle, Best of the Appalachians, French Broad Vignerons.
  • 2016 – Gold, James’s Peach, Best of the Appalachians, French Broad Vignerons.
  • 2016 – Gold, Muscadine, Best of the Appalachians, French Broad Vignerons.
  • 2016 – Silver, Riesling, Best of the Appalachians, French Broad Vignerons.
  • 2016 – Silver, Farmhouse White, Best of the Appalachians, French Broad Vignerons.
  • 2016- Silver, Heritage Red, Best of the Appalachians, French Broad Vignerons.
  • 2016 – Silver, Vineyard White, Best of the Appalachians, French Broad Vignerons.
  • 2015 — Best of Muscadine (TIE).  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Concordance Gold— Moscato, 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Concordance Gold— Muscadine, 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Concordance Gold— Farmhouse White, 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Concordance Gold— Royal Blue, 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Concordance Gold— Vineyard White, 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Silver — Heritage Red (Zinfandel), 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS)
  • 2015 — Silver — Riesling, 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS)
  • 2015 — Silver — Southern Belle (Concord), 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS)

Watauga Lake Winery

  • 2015 — Best of Tennessee Fruit.  William O. Beach Award.  Cracker’s Neck Red. Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Concordance Gold— Crackers Neck Red (Concord), 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Gold— Duncan Hollow (Chancellor), 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Silver— Villa Nove White (Golden Muscat), 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Silver — Roan Creek White, 2014 Vintage.  2015 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition.
  • 2015 — Silver — Copperhead Hollow Red, 2014 Vintage.  2015 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition.
  • 2015 — Silver — Forge Mountain Mist, 2014 Vintage.  2015 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition.
  • 2015 — Silver — Black Bear Ridge, 2014 Vintage.  2015 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition.
  • 2015 — Bronze — Stone Mountain, 2014 Vintage.  2015 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition.
  • 2015 — Double Gold for Fox Hollow — 50% Chancellor, 50% Steuben, 2014 Vintage.  Asheville Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.
  • 2015 — Gold for Duncan Hollow — Chancellor, 2013 Vintage.  Asheville Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.
  • 2014 — Bronze Medal for Watauga River.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2013 — Concordance Gold for Doe Mountain.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2013 — Silver Medal for Laurel Creek Surprise.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2013 — Silver Medal for Laurel Creek Surprise.  Winemaker’s Competition at Cornell University.

Eagle Springs Winery

  • 2015 — Gold— Red Feather (Red Muscadine), 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2014 — Concordance Gold Medal for Red Feather.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Gold— Fearless (Chambourcin, Cynthiana, Concord), 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Gold— Nectarine (Honey Mango), 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Silver — Golden (Cayuga), 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Silver — Cubby (Cynthiana), 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Silver — Blushing Eagle (Muscadine), 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Silver — Indian Summer (Blueberry), 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Silver — Pride of the South (Honey & Muscadine), 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Silver — Wildfire (Honey & Strawberry), 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Silver — Screaming Apricot (Honey Apricot), 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2014 — Gold Medal for Wildfire.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2014 — Bronze Medal for Wohali Legend, 2013 Vintage. Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2014 — Bronze Medal for Pride of the South, 2013 Vintage. Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2014 — Bronze Medal for Courage, 2013 Vintage. Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2013 — Silver Medal for Honeymoon.  International Wine Competition at Purdue University.
  • 2013 — Silver Medal for Nectar.  International Wine Competition at Purdue University.
  • 2013 — Bronze Medal for Wildfire.  International Wine Competition at Purdue University.
  • 2013 — Bronze Medal for Pride of the South, 2012 Vintage.  International Wine Competition at Purdue University.
  • 2013 — Bronze Medal for Screaming Apricot.  International Wine Competition at Purdue University.
  • 2013 — Bronze Medal for Screaming Apricot.  Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

Goodwater

  • 2015 — Concordance Gold.  Rebecca’s Red (Noiret), 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Gold — Traminette, 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Gold — Noble Muscadine, 2013 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.
  • 2015 — Silver Coir Noir, 2014 Vintage.  Wines of the South (WOTS) competition.

The Science Behind the Art of Winemaking

Learning from People Who Are the Best in the Industry

Several of our winemakers have completed specialized courses in wine making to expand their understanding of the grape and the wine industry and learn how to make the best wines possible to better serve you.

UC Davis

The UC Davis Certificate Program has five classes.  The first class, Introduction to Wine and Winemaking, is an introductory class.  The remaining four classes are all equivalent to upper-division science courses and are quite demanding in terms of time and content. The second class is Wine Production.  The third class is Quality Control and Analysis in Winemaking. The fourth class is Wine Stability and Sensory Analysis. The fifth class is Viticulture for Winemakers.

  • Gene Poland — Goodwater Vineyards

VESTA

Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded partnership between the Missouri State University system, two year schools throughout America, state agriculture agencies, vineyards and wineries with a 21st Century vision for education in grape growing and winemaking.  VESTA instructors include leaders in the wine industry throughout the United States and interaction with students from around the world.

  • Nikki Riddle — The Winery at Seven Springs Farm (Associates Degree in Enology)
  • Rick Riddle — The Winery at Seven Springs Farm (Associates Degree in Enology)
You know Merlot, Syrah, and Chardonnay, we want to introduce you to Chancellor, Chambourcin and Seyval. Unlike the classic California varietals, these regional grapes do well in Tennessee’s humid, subtropical climate and our vintners use them to produce award-winning wines.
Rick Riddle, Founder, Thunder Road Wine Trail