KINGSPORT — Reedy Creek Cellars at MeadowView has had a slow opening this year and is not expected to be fully up and running until next spring. However, the demonstration winery has had good traffic flow, is selling better than expected and is a great asset to both MeadowView and the city of Kingsport.
That was the message from MeadowView and Reedy Creek officials to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen last week.
Kingsport began a partnership with Reedy Creek Cellars in the fall of 2011 to establish a winery on the MeadowView grounds, where visitors would be able to sample and purchase various wines and see the wine-making process firsthand. As a tie-in to the winery, MeadowView also created a wine-themed meeting room in its facility, dubbed the Fieldstone Cellar.
Andy King, general manager of MeadowView, and Michael Reedy, owner of Reedy Creek Cellars, gave an update to city leaders last week about the winery, the marketing efforts taken thus far and when the facility will be fully operational.
“The winery is a great asset to sell to groups and it separates us from all of the other hotels. I think we’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg,” King said.
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