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 my home in Giles County and my 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.
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.
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 Big Creek Winery ‘s 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, one of the beloved horses in Big Creek Winery’s 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.
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.
Hunter”s run pays homage to the sport of fox hunting that has long been a recreational activity bringing hunters, hounds and horses from throughout the region in pursuit of the fox and fellowship. The Hunter’s Run was the name of an estate at Wales that hosted many renowned hunts.
Raspberry Reagan is named for the Brymers’ irreplaceable horse Reagan, who was named in memory of President Ronald Reagan.
The Christiana, a White Peach Wine, is a special blend of flavors honoring the Big Creek Winery’s Tasting Room on Main Street in Christiana, Tennessee.
The Red Hawk
The Red Hawk is a wine created with the Chambourcin Grape. This hybrid is a special French-American grape that has been used in wine making since the 1860s. The Red Hawk name is a nod to the Red Tailed Hawks that populate the United States hunting from perches high in the trees and was the mascot of the former Martin College in Pulaski.
Pulaski Pure Peach
Pulaski 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.
Bringing with her great joy, Charlee is the granddaughter of Big Creek Winery’s founder, owner and winemaker, Billy Brymer. The Charlee is limited edition blueberry port-like wine, rare and special like its namesake.