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Melissa Shedd
August 7, 2015 | Melissa Shedd

Natchez Hills Vineyard and Winery of Hampshire, TN Earns Two Awards in Indy International Wine Competition

Hampshire, TN– Two Natchez Hills Vineyard and Winery wines won awards in the 2015 Indy International Wine Competition the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States. The Competition was held over five days at the Purdue University Memorial Union ballrooms off State Street. Forty-two professional wine experts from around the country tasted and evaluated more than 2,000 entries from 15 countries and 40 U.S. States.

Natchez Hills Vineyard and Wineries’ 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel was awarded the Silver and retails for just $24.99. Natchez Hills Vineyard and Wineries’ 2014 Blackberry was awarded the Bronze and retails for just $16.99.

“This is an exciting time for the team at Natchez Hills Vineyard and Winery and we want to thank all of you that helped make our Old Vine Zinfandel and our Blackberry Wine the success that they are.  We share these awards with you.” – John Susi, WineMaker

Along with making their award winning wines, the newly opened Natchez Hills Wineries Fontanel location also hosts a Concert Series weekly.  Natchez Hills Vineyard and Winery is located in Hampshire, TN about an hour outside of Nashville.  All wines are available for sale in our tasting rooms.

Natchez Hills Vineyard and Winery Event Center is a cypress and stone adorned multifunctional facility providing the perfect venue for guests to enjoy priy acoustic concerts from top marquis artists in various music genres.  In addition to star-studded comfortable concert evenings, the hospitable Natchez Hills Vineyard and Winery Events team regularly hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate events, family and class reunions, and private parties.  Nestled within the beautifully distinct, natural habitat of the hills of Middle Tennessee and situated near the Natchez Trace Parkway, Natchez Hills Vineyard and Winery gives its visitors an experience that transcends typical vineyard destinations.

A complete list of medal award winners is available at

To learn more about Natchez Hills Wines go to

Time Posted: Aug 7, 2015 at 6:38 AM
John Susi
December 2, 2014 | John Susi

Re-Romancing The Merlot!

Well here we go; I'm sure I will raise a few eyebrows on this one. Merlot is one of the grand grape varieties we have grown to know, love and enjoy......and take for granted, get bored with and eventually have it become generic! PLEASE STOP THE PAIN! A proud grape it has served in the background for a long time be a part of a group of grapes that have become the fantastic wines of Bordeaux. But then the humble Merlot found favor of a few winemakers that worked the vines and created the wines that made Merlot a cultural phenomenon. The Merlot blew up in the 80's and it surpassed all other wines in its class as far as popularity and related sales. As often happens with things that are popular, they become over exposed and over worked in the market place. The effect is felt all the way down the line, to the vineyards. Growers rush time lines, over water or they over crop the vineyards (too many tons per acre). All of this results in weak, substandard fruit with low grade flavor. And what happens when you make wine from poor fruit ?....?....You get wine with no mouth feel, low flavor profile, flabby, nothing exciting. Oh well, why bother!

All of that being said, I am here to tell you that things are going to change. It's all about the fruit, the best of the Merlot fruit that can be found.  And this is it, the best we have found in many years and it's ready to be bottled. Big full-bodied Reserve Merlot, one aged in French oak, one aged in American oak. To Merlot with mouth feel that gives you that velvet flow across your tongue. Both with a unique spiciness unto them selves that leads you down a path of dark chocolate, but with the sense of earthiness and peppercorns and spice. Very reminiscent of the Merlot from France and California in the late 60s and early 70s before the boom of their popularity. This is the Merlot you've been waiting for. Taking the time to find the right grapes and giving that fruit your full winemaking attention produces an exceptional wine that sets itself apart from all others.
You can be a part of Re-Romancing the Merlot.  Both of these Merlots are scheduled to be bottled by the end of this year and I'm extremely excited to have you experience them. If you're planning to come to the winery to taste our new Reserve Merlot please give us a call to be sure that they're ready, we'd love to see you.
Have a wonderful holiday season, please enjoy responsibly, we'd love to see you again.
John Susi


Time Posted: Dec 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM