Goodwater Vineyards, Artful Agriculture: Interview with Laura Poland

October 30, 2019

Our guest today is Laura Poland,  who,  together with her husband Gene and their family,   are the operators of Goodwater Vineyard near Newport Tenneesse. Grape growing and wine-making  is challenging no matter if you are doing it in France or California.  However,  Tennessee has it’s own special environmental  and bureaucratic challenges.    Goodwater  is exemplary of the about 60 or so small vineyard and wine producing operations in Tennessee today.  For the most part these are  essentially small farms which are growing a highly specialized and technically difficult crop.  They are then engaged in the fine art of  transforming that crop into a wine beverage  which is hopefully appealing to the tastes of consumers and then bringing that beverage directly to the consumer with few if any  middlemen involved.


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About Mark

Mark Thomas Fraley is a lawyer (now retired) in Nashville, Tennessee (USA). Prior to starting law practice in 1987, Mark was active in the field of Parks and Recreation. He was the first Parks and Recreation Director for the cities of Gatlinburg and Sevierville Tennessee. He was the founding program administrator for the Parks and Recreation Technical Advisory Service (PARTAS) and served as Assistant Commissioner of Conservation and Director or Parks and Recreation for the State of Tennessee.

University of Cincinnati, 1974, Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)
Nashville School of Law, 1983, Doctor of Jurisprudence

License to Practice Law, Tennessee Supreme Court (1983) BPR# 10448
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (1987)
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, (1994)

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