MEET OUR WINEMAKER
Chuck’s Story as Winemaker at Spout Spring Estates Winery and Vineyard Chuck Belt is a Retired Professional Engineer who now focuses all his attention on his role as winemaker at Spout Spring Estates Winery and Vineyard. Chuck worked as a consulting engineer, managed a medium sized consulting firm in Knoxville which he later purchased and ran as an independent company for 11 years prior to selling it to an energy services firm with whom he maintained his employment until his retirement in June of 2016.
His interest in the grape and wine industry began in 1974 with the emergence of the California wine industry and visits to NAPA in 1976 and 1996. During that time his interests were primarily as a consumer and were focused on the Noble varieties grown primarily in Europe prior to the emergence of the California Wine Industry. Looking for more space and in need of a less intense way of life, he along with his wife Alice purchased a farm in Grainger County owned by Alice’s Uncle, a cattleman. While evaluating the property for purchase we decided it would be a great site for a vineyard and winery and a second career.