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Bellaterra Ranch & Winery - Franklin, TN

We've been horse owners, thanks to the influence of Linda and Pitt Kemmer, Crossville, TN at Kemmer Ranch, since we began Bellaterra Ranch about 8 years ago. My wife and I are proud to have our 13 gaited horses including Spotted Saddles, Tennessee Walkers and Rocky Mountain horses. At the same time, probably like most horse owners, we have far more than we need...it's just that we hate to ever give one up. :-) We began breeding a few years ago. We currently have 3 brood mares who will foal in the spring, bred to one of our two stallions, a spotted tennesse walker or rocky mountain stud. In the past we have also bred to Bojangles (spotted saddle) and Destiny (rocky mountain), both standing at McNatt Farm, Fayetteville, TN. We were lucky to meet a group of long riders in Leipers Fork and have been fortunate to enjoy many long weekend and night rides over the past few years.

As another hobby we breed texas longhorns; our herd of 21 includes 5 cows/heifers who will calf in Sept/Oct and one Bull. They are featured on a website that we put together similar to this one but dedicated to longhorn cattle owners. Our entire herd consists of a bull, 5 steers and 9 cows/heifers. Our longhorn brand is BTR. We keep our longhorns on 40 acres of leased land in Williamson County.

We have also combined our love of livestock with our love of wine and started Belleaterra Ranch wines in 2004. Our wines include Longhorn Cabernet, Spotted Saddle Syrah, Cowboy Cabernet, Black Angus Merlot, Rocky Mountain Chardonnay, Spotted Mountain Pinot Noir. All of the wine comes from grapes grown in California, Oregon and Washington State. The Cowboy Cab has been featured in Cowboys & Indians Magazine and won a Bronze medal at the 2006 San Diego International Wine Tasting Competition where 11,000 wines competed.

I'll update this Blog when things change, but meanwhile....happy trails! Mike and Catherine Murphy

For more information, check out our website at Bellaterra Ranch.

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Comment by Mike Murphy on August 23, 2009 at 2:18pm
You can order them from our website, www.bellaterraranch.com, but keep in mind that wine cannot be shipped into the state of Tennessee at this time. You have a few of options: 1) you could have the wine shipped to a "wine friendly" state like Ohio, Georgia, etc 2) you can order it through us and we will arrange shipping into tennessee through the appropriate channels of distribution and facilitate a retail purchase at Mallory Lane Wine and Spirits (Franklin) or, 3) wait until the new legislation goes into effect allowing wine shipments directly to your home. The legislation was approved and went into effect on July 1 but each winery, including us, must register with the state of tennessee to be able to ship directly to consumers...we've already done that and are now awaiting state approval...I will let you know when that happens (hopefully within the next month or so).

Thanks for your interest...I will even help you choose from the seven different wines that we offer so it matches best with your taste and enhances your wine drinking experience. :-)

If you'd like to sample it, I would be happy to arrange a tasting in our home and invite some other TTR friends...it might be fun!

Comment by Darlene Harris on August 23, 2009 at 1:00pm
I'd like to purchase a couple bottles of wine how do I buy them?
Comment by ginny kufta on February 23, 2009 at 10:31am
Thanks for the great site. it will definitely bring "horsey" people together and encourage trail riding.

Minor Hill, TN
Comment by Mike Murphy on January 15, 2009 at 8:47am
That's a good idea, thanks for the suggestion.
Comment by Robin Murray on January 10, 2009 at 11:07am
I watch "In Wine Country" on saturday mornings at 5:30 am on NBC, you should invite them to do a segment on your unique Farm and Winery. Robin.

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