Cades Cove Cellars was founded by two generations of the Birkholz and Reed families. Jerry Reed has been a vintner and winemaker since 1984, and his daughter Cameran grew up working in the industry. In addition to her law degree, Cameran also attended UC Davis and received her winemaking certification in 2010. Cameran’s brother-in-law John Birkholz has been working as a cellar master for 12 years and now is both cellar master and assistant winemaker. John’s father and Cameran’s father-in-law Bill Birkholz serves as the president of the company, and is also frequently involved in public relations within the close-knit community of Townsend.
With a combined winemaking experience of 80 years, we constantly strive to capture the rustic elegance that surrounds us in every drop of wine we make. Whether it is in the grace of a white tailed deer or the majesty of a bald eagle, we find inspiration all around us for a process that is as much art at it is science.
Cades Cove is a quiet, beautiful valley in the mountains loaded with history and bountiful wildlife. Rustic buildings dating back to the 1800s, are preserved by the National Park System and offer a step back in time for visitors.
We chose the name Cades Cove Cellars because we are not only passionate about the award winning wines we create, but also because of the spirited connection to the beautiful area in which we work, live, and play.