Wineries may participate in Nine Lakes Wine Festival with an invitation by the Appalachian Region Wine Producers Association

Nine Lakes Wine Festival seeks to be the premier wine festival promoting Tennessee wines and ciders in East Tennessee.  Contact James R. Riddle for more information, 865-803-0282.

There are two events in which wineries may participate. Both will be outdoors, located on the waterfront at Melton Lake Park in Oak Ridge:

  • VIP Taste of Gold, Friday, May 17, 2018, 6 to 8:30 p.m. – A tasting of only gold-award winning wines, paired with gourmet small bite cuisine and live music.  Wineries will be together under one large tent for this event, and will be provided 1 3×6 foot table and electric. Maximum crowd, 250.
  • Grand Tasting – Offering samples of 100+ Tennessee wines, with live music, chef demos and wine seminars. Wineries will each be provided a 10×10 tent, 2 tables and 2 chairs. You may bring an additional 10×10 tent as well. Food vendors on site (extra charge).  Estimated crowd 1,500 – 3,000.
  • Charges – There is no charge to attend; however, if a winery cancels less than one month before the event, or does not show up, a charge of $300 will be assessed to cover cost of advertising and tents. If you do need to cancel, please do so in writing at least one month prior to the event.

Winery Application

  • Applications are due by Dec. 1, 2017.
  • Wineries may participate in Nine Lakes Wine Festival without charge. However, if a winery cancels less than 1 month before the event, a charge of $300 will be assessed to the winery to reimburse costs of advertising and booth space.

    Space is subject to cancellation if payment is not received according to the terms of this contract. Vendor hereby grants a limited, non-exclusive license to use trade names, trademarks, service marks and proprietary information. Nine Lakes Wine Festival agrees that the Proprietary Information will be used only in connection with the 2018 Event to provide the benefits set forth in the proposal. The audience estimates of Nine Lakes Wine Festival and actual attendance figures may vary materially. Fee is non-refundable for any reason, including weather. Festival is rain-or-shine. This agreement may be amended only by a written instrument executed by both parties. This agreement is governed by Tennessee law and is binding upon all the parties' successors and assigns.

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