Appalachian Region Wine Producers Association members know what a daunting task it is to be a successful specialty crop producer and to enter the wine industry and we want to help provide the access to the necessary resources for potential members to help make them successful. Always check to make sure any references are current, especially statutes and zoning laws; we provide no endorsements or recommendations and each situation is different, but our members have found value in the following:

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If you have a question, all you have to do is ask. Contact one of our members below who would be glad to discuss their experience in the industry here in East Tennessee.

  • Cameran Birkholz – Head Winemaker at Cades Cove Cellars in Townsend, Tennessee. Cameran has been making wine commercially for 10 years and she has received her certification from the University of California at Davis. Cameran grew up on a vineyard here in Tennessee and she has been working in the industry for almost 20 years.
  • Nicole Riddle – Head Winemaker at The Winery at Seven Springs Farm in Maynardville, Tennessee. Nikki started the winery after leaving Beachaven Winery in Clarksville, where she served an apprenticeship alongside her current fiancé Michael Coombs. She has B.E. degree from Vanderbilt University and an A.S. in Enology from Missouri State. Nikki was the driving force behind the founding of The Winery at Seven Springs Farm. The winery is on her family’s 370 acre farm-to-table complex in historic Maynardville.
  • Michael Coombs – Master Winemaker at The Winery at Seven Springs Farm in Maynardville, Tennessee. Michael joined the winery after leaving Beachaven Winery in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he was born and raised. In 2004, Michael started working at Beachaven on the bottling line part-time. He quickly learned the trade and developed his winemaking skills by learning and gaining hands-on field experience from commercial winemakers, attending professional wine conferences and technical courses along with other formal studies at Austin Peay State University. During Michael’s tenure, Beachaven has garnered over 150 gold and silver medals in various national and international wine competitions. Personally, Michael received the following distinctions: 2012 Tennessee Winemaker of the Year; 2012 William O Beach Award for best wine made in Tennessee from 100% TN grown grapes.
  • JD Dalton – JD is General Manager & Viticulturist of Tsali Notch Vineyard. Tsali Notch is Tennessee’s largest commercial muscadine vineyard with 35 acres of several muscadine varieties planted on 202 acres in Madisonville Tennessee. He is the 2017 Vice President/Secretary of the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance and leads our Nine Lakes Growers Association.
  • Rick Riddle – Rick is Nikki’s father, a Tennessee native and graduate of the University of Tennessee (UT). Formally trained in the art of winemaking, among other things, Rick is serving the role as consultant for The Winery at Seven Springs Farm and is the current President of the Appalachian Region Wine Producers Association.