Grandfather Vineyard


Over 37 years of marriage, Steve & Sally Tatum have built two businesses and a family, which today 

are completely intertwined, like the grape vines growing behind their home.

Steve and Sally Tatum met when they were fresh out of college, both working at Appalachian Ski 

Mountain near Blowing Rock. Steve, originally from Burlington, North Carolina, was on the ski 

patrol during the winter, working construction in the warmer months; and Sally, who hailed from 

Charlotte, worked in group sales year-round. They were married in 1978.

   In 1998, when 13-acre plot of land behind the Tatums house came up for sale. Steve and Sally 

jumped at the opportunity. In 2003 , Steve, having always had an intrest in wine, decided to plant 

the first wine grape Vineyard in Watauga County. It started as a small hobby size vineyard that he 

and and his family would farm together and make a little homemade wine.

The Tatum's have achieved a reality of owning a Vineyard & Winery that started when they first 

planted their grapes in 2003 and opened the doors of the winery in 2011. Since then their 

adventure has grown into Grandfather Vineyard and Winery, the first producing winery in Watauga 

County that is producing world class wines!


Dylan Tatum & Nicole Tatum

(Winemaker/GM) (Tasting Room Mgt.)   

   Dylan Tatum, has been a part of the family business since day one. He, along with his parents Steve & Sally have a passion for wine and entrepreneurship and together they built Grandfather Vineyard. He is the Winemaker and General Manager. He has a two year degree in Viticulture and Oenology (study of Winemaking) from Surry Community College and a four year bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Appalachian State University. Nicole, is the Tasting Room Manager, Accountant, and Special Events Coordinator. She received her B.A. in Accounting from USF in Tampa, Florida. Dylan & Nicole met in the fall of 2014, four days after Nicole moved from Sarasota, Florida to the mountains of North Carolina and have been inseparable ever since. They were recently married on June 10th, 2017. They have two dogs, Casey & Willa and enjoy hiking, boating and enjoying a glass of wine after work with family and friends!

   Meet our “Bordeaux Collie” Casey. She was born in 2010 and spent her puppyhood growing up at Grandfather Vineyard. She enjoys meeting customers at their cars and “herding” them into our tasting room. She spends the rest of her day wading in the Watauga River, playing catch with customers and chasing our four wheeler through the vines. During her occasional days off, she likes to go hiking with her humans and watch the animal planet.


May 16th - Nov. 30th

Mon-Sat: Noon to 6 pm

Sunday - 1 pm to 5 pm

Tasting Room

   Our tasting room is currently open Monday-Saturday 12-6 and Sunday 1-5. We offer variety of both white and red dry wines as well as some sweet wines. Click here for a list of all the wines we currently offer.  Choose from one of our 4 tastings (1/2 oz. pour of each) and you get to keep your Grandfather Vineyard wine glass as a memento! Our Current tastings include:

•8 Dry Wines- $10

•4 Dry Reds- $6

•4 Dry Whites- $6

•4 Sweet Wines- $6

*Reservations are not needed. 

*We are dog friendly. (we do ask for them to stay on a leash)

*We offer local cheeses, crackers, and snacks.

*You are welcome to bring your own outside food.

**No outside alcoholic beverages allowed.**



Grandfather Vineyard
225 Vineyard Lane
Banner Elk, NC 28604