Small Business of the Month – Century Farm Winery
Century Farm Winery is a family-owned business that began in 2003 with the planting of their vineyard. What started as a retirement hobby for co-founders Carl and Jo O'Cain has now grown into a flourishing winery that is a testament to their passion and dedication to making award-winning wines.
The winery opened its tasting room in 2007, inviting patrons to savor the first fruits of their labor. Today, Century Farm Winery stands proudly on a Tennessee designated Century Farm, surrounded by lush rows of grapevines situated next to cotton and soybean fields where the rich history of the land meets the artistry of winemaking.
In 2017, Bart and Neka Horton took over the operation, embracing the family legacy and bringing their vision to life with a grand 4000-square-foot tasting room and event space. They are committed to offering guests an immersive experience in the heart of the vineyard.
At Century Farm Winery, they follow the vine-to-wine process, growing approximately 65% of the grapes that turn into award-winning wines. Visitors are invited to sample their wines seven days a week and, by reservation, may embark on a journey through the steps of winemaking, from grape pruning to harvest and from the art of winemaking to the final bottling process. This private tour experience culminates with an intimate wine tasting.
Beyond the wines, Century Farm Winery has become a hub for community and culture. The Voices in the Vineyard concert series, hosted for many years, showcases local musicians from various genres. From May to October, this free concert series becomes a celebration, complete with a variety of local food trucks, creating an experience for the whole family.
This past September, the winery introduced a new tradition with its first annual Sip & Shop event, featuring 40 local vendors for a day of shopping and wine tasting. Century Farm Winery also emphasizes its commitment to the community by supporting local charitable organizations.
The success of Century Farm Winery is evident in the smiles of satisfied guests, positive reviews, heartfelt emails, and warm hugs. The winery treats its guests like family and extends that warmth to its employees, creating an environment where work is a joyous experience.
For those seeking a unique day trip, Century Farm Winery offers a taste of the serene countryside conveniently located off I-40 Exit 74, less than 10 minutes from the heart of Jackson. The winery welcomes both newcomers and returning visitors to explore the new facility and consider it for their next corporate event, holiday party, family reunion, or special reception.
To learn more about Century Farm Winery, visit their website at centuryfarmwinery.com.