What’s in a name?
Sam Duncan Reserve
With great respect and affection our Red Muscadine is named for Sam Duncan, who generously and patiently taught us to coax not just the juice but the soul from the grapes and fruits we use in winemaking. Bold and richly favored, the Red Muscadine and the vintner Sam Duncan have more than a name in common.
A Concord Wine as rich as the equestrian traditions of our home in Giles County and our own stables. With its acclaimed antebellum racetracks, its Kentucky Derby winner Gallahadion of Milky Way Farms, Tennessee Walking Horse training barns and a never-ending passion for trail rides, Giles County is solid equestrian country.
The White Muscadine is named for Wales Station, a stop on the L&N Railroad that allowed farmers to ship their products quickly to market and passengers to explore beyond their own communities. When the railroad dissected Giles County in 1859, opportunities opened never before imagined. Wales grew around the small station, but little is left of the busy community that once boasted the train stop, a blacksmith shop, a church, a post office, a general store and several impressive Victorian and Antebellum homes.
A unique blend of tart and sweet with the mixture of Muscadine and Concord Grapes, a remembrance of the good and bad that came with Occidental Petroleum’s mining operation in the rich soils of Giles County. A landscape left scarred forever by the phosphate strip mining that once provided a source of stable income during the years surrounding The Great Depression as farmers became miners.
A fragile grape, the Niagara wine recalls days long gone with the consolidation of the school system in Giles County. For almost a century the tiny hamlet of Campbellsville, Tennessee, took great pride in its community school that was home of the Campbellsville Bears. The school’s bear mascot, named for the wildlife that inhabited the area and the folklore of great bear attacks and survivals, is the alma mater of Big Creek Winery’s owner, Billy Brymer, and his wife, Ann.
Richland Creek Haze
Richland Creek, more of a river than a creek, often greets the mornings with a haze of fog and always with the rich promise of its hidden beauty. Richland’s navigable waters provided passage for goods to be sold at markets like New Orleans in Giles County’s early days. Its swift waters meant mills could thrive, and dozens of grist, wood and textile mills dotted Richland’s banks. Long before that, Native Americans hunted and planted the flanking fields. The delta land created by Richland Creek is fertile soil for planting, keeping Giles County a prime agricultural area for centuries. The Catawba grape is rich in body, flavor and abundance, much like Richland Creek itself.
A wine from the Norton Grape, making its comeback from near extinction following Prohibition, Kudzu Overload it is a robust flavor that mirrors the explosion of Kudzu covering the landscape around Wales where acres of land are scarred from years of phosphate mining.
“Pretty as a Peach” describes the flirty orchard peach Moonglow wine. The wine recalls memories of first dates or family movie nights at Giles County’s drive-in theater, the Moonglow, where across three decades – from the ’50s to the ’80s – carloads or couples flocked for the double features, popcorn, concessions and memories.
A sweet and bouncy Blueberry Wine, the Dixie Maid is named for the local drive-in burger and fries joint that became the gathering place for generations of newly minted teen drivers and families looking for a night out.
A sweet robust Blackberry Wine, Excalibur is a favorite horse in the Big Creek Winery owner’s personal stables.
Fall harvest brings the bounty of apples. This Apple Wine honors the horses who know the treat of a ripened apple, its name a nod to the vast equestrian legacy embedded in the history of Giles County.
Decadent, sweet and flirty Cherry Sweet is a perfect wine for the front porch swing or a dessert treat.
A mix of the robust Blackberry and the decadent Cherry Sweet creates an explosive and unforgettable orchard wine.
A little sweetened tartness in this Strawberry Wine and you have all the personality of its namesake, Desire’s Mane, another of the favorite horses in the Big Creek Winery owner’s stable.
Tart and sweet a perfect blend of flavors, this Pear Wine brings back the excitement of a night out – a date, a little dancing, some old time Rock ‘n Roll – when for a generation of young folks in the ’70s and early ’80s a good time was all about heading to Pulaski’s premier nightclub, The Mohawk.
Some of Big Creek Winery’s wines are only available seasonally. If you have a particular favorite and would like to be placed on a waiting list so you’ll know when it’s available, let Billy know.