Looking for a place to warm up this weekend? We may have found just the spot. It's the only winery in Davidson County where you can drink a glass and say, "It's for a good cause."
Nestled in a small building behind Belle Meade plantation sits a local tourism spot that generates about $1 million a year in revenue.
"Our tank room is right over here. That's where we do the final fermentation, filtering, bottling and labeling, right here on site. Our vintner, our winemaker is Bryan Hamm, and he is down in Cave Springs," said manager Sheree Kelly. "We are currently the first and only winery in the city of Nashville."
Seven days a week, you can come to the Winery at Belle Meade Plantation for a free tasting of their six signature wines, four of which are made from grapes grown right here in Tennessee.
But don't expect any stomping.
"No stomping on grapes, no. We would love to grow grapes here, but we don't have enough property to do that, and the city of Belle Meade would rather we not," Sheree Kelly said.
Some customers aren't exactly sure what to expect, but six tastings in:
"Fantastic. A lot better than I thought they were going to taste. I've never tasted blackberry wine. It's very unusual, but it has a very sweet taste to it, and I'm definitely going to pick up a bottle before I leave here today," customer Ed Kelly said.
All proceeds from the winery go towards the operating costs and upkeep on the mansion itself, making this one of the few non-profits that doesn't have to rely so heavily on donations.
"There's a lot of places in Nashville you can donate to. We, at Belle Meade, are pleased that we have this revenue stream here going to keep it alive," Sheree Kelly said.
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