Our Wines are Named for What is Dear to Us
Bodenham Green Hornet
A subtle grape and peach blend, the Bodenham Green Hornet pays homage to one of Giles County’s rural schools that educated community children for decades before consolidation in 1978-79. The Green Hornet was the school mascot of Bodenham School, where winery owner Billy Brymer attended as a young child.
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.
A mix of our robust Blackberry wine and our decadent sweet Cherry wine creates an explosive and unforgettable wine perfect for celebrating the best moments of your life.
The Christiana is a delicate White Peach wine made in Giles County honoring Big Creek Winery’s Tasting Room in an early 20th century bank on Main Street in Christiana, a once bustling, now quaint Middle Tennessee town founded in the 19th Century that draws visitors to Miller’s Grocery, a popular eatery founded as a general store more than 75 years ago.
Bringing with her great joy, Charlee is the granddaughter of Big Creek Winery’s founder, owner and winemaker, Billy Brymer. The Charlee is a limited-edition blueberry wine, rare and special like its namesake.
Big Creek Winery and its vineyards are situated in Giles County on land once part of the Crescentview Plantation established in the county’s infancy. The Crescentview wine is made from the Norton grape, a variety that made a comeback from near extinction following Prohibition.
With a little sweetened tartness in this strawberry fruit wine, you have all the personality of its namesake, Desire, the mother and grandmother of Big Creek Winery owner Billy Brymer’s beloved horses.
A sweet and bouncy Blueberry fruit wine, the Dixie Maid is named for Giles County’s favorite 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 across four decades.
A sweet but robust Blackberry Wine, Excalibur is named for a favorite saddle-bred gaited horse from Big Creek Winery owner Billy Brymer’s personal stables.
The Firehawk is created in Giles County with the 19th century hybrid Chambourcin grape and aged in oak bourbon barrels from some of the South’s most venerable distilleries. The Firehawk is mascot for UT Southern, a campus of the University of Tennessee located in Pulaski, Tennessee, home of Big Creek Winery.
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.
Hunter’s Run, once home to the James Bomar family, was a horse ranch In Giles County that Billy Brymer, owner of Big Creek Winery, often visited when he was a young teenager. Hunter’s Run is where his love for riding horses began, fostering in him the desire to someday own horses himself. This Cranberry fruit wine is a holiday favorite and should be enjoyed around the family time at home or on the trail.
Milky Way Blue
Milky Way Blue honors the contribution candy manufacturer Frank Mars made to Giles County during the Great Depression years when he employed hundreds of local men and women to build his mansion, horse, cattle and sheep farms called Milky Way. The farm was home to thoroughbred Gallahadion, the 1940 winner of the Kentucky Derby.
Decadent and flirty, Miner’s Chell is a sweet Cherry wine ideal for sipping on the front porch swing or enjoying with a luscious dessert by a roaring fire.
A distinctive blend of 50% Muscadine & 50% Concord, a remembrance of the good and bad that came with Occidental Petroleum’s mining operation in the rich soils of Giles County. A landscape was 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.
“Pretty as a Peach” describes the flirty orchard peach fruit wine. The wine recalls memories of first dates or family movie nights at Giles County’s drive-in theater, the Moonglo, where across three decades – from the ’50s to the ’80s – carloads or couples flocked for the double features, popcorn, concessions and memories.
Tart and sweet, a perfect mix of flavors, this Pear fruit 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 Giles County’s premier nightclub, The Mohawk.
Pulaski Pure Peach
Giles County school children have memories of the little red and white cartons of milk they drank daily in the schools of the county. Families had Pulaski Pure milk delivered to doorsteps. Our adult version of Pulaski Pure is our peach wine that pays homage to the Pulaski Pure Dairy that supplied the pasteurized beverage of our halcyon youth.
Raspberry Reagan is a raspberry wine named for winery owner Billy Brymer’s irreplaceable horse Reagan, who was named in memory of President Ronald Reagan.
The Red Hawk is a wine created in Giles County using the Chambourcin grape, which has been used in wine making since the 1860s. The Red Hawk name is a nod to the Red-Tailed Hawks that populate Giles County hunting from perches high in the trees and was the mascot of the former Martin Methodist College.
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 we use in winemaking. Bold and rich, the Red Muscadine and the vintner Sam Duncan have more than a name in common.
A Concord grape wine as rich as the equestrian traditions of winery owner Billy Brymer’s home in Giles County, 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.
Richland Creek Haze
Richland Creek Haze is made in Giles County. Running through the county near our winery is a wide river-like creek that often greets the mornings with a haze of fog and always with the rich promise of its hidden beauty. The Catawba grape is rich in body, flavor and abundance, much like the creek itself.
This White Muscadine wine 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. The town 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 historic homes.
The wines are named for local landmarks and interests, so you get a history lesson while sipping and savoring some of the best Southern wine in the region. Billy has really taken the time to perfect his craft of winemaking, so whether you prefer dry or sweet, a visit to Big Creek Winery promised not to disappoint!