Grandfather Vineyard & Winery, Banner Elk

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Winery / Vineyard · Food & Drink
Grandfather Vineyard & Winery was founded in the spring of 2003 when owner Steve Tatum planted the first vine. Starting as a hobby, Steve did some home wine making for a few years. After son Dylan Tatum graduated from Surry Community College, the family decided they wanted to open a commercial winery. They opened the doors to the winery in May of 2011, offering world class wines.

Music in the Vineyard Summer Schedule for 2015

May 10- Don Vallarta

May 17-Titanum Hipsters

May 24- The Johnson Brothers

May 31- The High Country Boomers

June 7- Don Vallarta

June 14- The Whip Daddys

June 21- Sorella Jack

June 28- The Johnson Brothers

July 5- Klee and Mike

July 12- Bill Mann

July 19- The Whip Daddys

July 26- Don Vallarta

August 2- The Corklickers

August 9- The Johnson Brothers

August 16- Titanium Hipsters

August 23- The Analog Men

August 30- Edward Main

September 6- Don Vallarta

September 13- Edward Main

September 20-TBA

September 27- The Whip Daddys

October 4- Don Vallarta

October 11- Klee and Mike
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  • Great wine selection and super friendly staff! Plenty of outdoor seating, nice heat lamps going on the porch, too!  more »
  • Small vineyard and winery near Banner Elk and Boone, North Carolina. When the weather is nice you can sit by the vineyard, under cover, or in the sunshine, or by the stream, which is very relaxing...  more »
  • Worst wine tasting experience ever. Worst hospitality ever. If no star could be chosen, I would. We were staying at Blue Ridge Village and had the opportunity for a free wine tasting experience. My mother is 70 years old and she loves wine! She and my spouse went. Sitting down in a chair or stool was not allowed while tasting wines - they had to remain standing! :-( There was no snack or other food provided to partake in between the wines tasted to enhance the wine tasting experience. They were rushed through the tasting experience and were limited to only choosing 1 category of wine instead of being able to choose from several categories of tasting options. The employee was not knowledgeable of the wines and did not know information about the benefits of certain wines on health. My mother felt pressured to "hurry" through the experience. She caved and bought 1 bottle so they would be allowed to sit down at a table :-( AND SHE WAS NOT GIVEN THE DISCOUNT SHE WAS OWED! We visit Banner Elk often and will make sure not patron this establishment ever again or encourage others to either.
  • This is a little gem of a place to visit in Boone NC. Beautifully located next to the river. Lovely outdoor seating and its dog friendly too what more can you ask for. Amazing wine selection and the 4 glass tasting is great for $15, you can bring your own picnic or buy cheese, crackers and other snacks there. It does get busy while people choose their wine, so you do have to be patient but the wine, scenery and atmosphere is worth the wait. Definitely a place to visit and chill for an afternoon. I just wish you would buy the wine online outside the States. Fan from Scotland
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