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Wine-lovers have something new to enjoy in the Smoky Mountains! A brand new wine trail just opened in Gatlinburg. The Gatlinburg Wine Trail includes 4 different wineries where visitors can taste local wines for free! Some of the locations are new, while others are long-time favorites. We’ve got all the information you need to know about the Gatlinburg Wine Trail.
About the Gatlinburg Wine Trail
The Gatlinburg Wine Trail opened early September of 2019. Similar to the Rocky Top Wine Trail, visitors will grab a passport and take it to each of the wineries along the trail. Not only is it free to complete the wine trail, but you’ll receive a free mug and wine glass when you finish! Some of the wineries along the trail have been welcoming visitors for years, while some have just recently opened! Here are the 4 wineries you can visit along the Gatlinburg Wine Trail:
Sugarland Cellars offers complimentary wine tastings 7 days a week! There’s a variety of flavors for you to choose from, including dry wines, semi-sweet wines, and sweet wines. This winery is located right near the Gatlinburg entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Little Bear Winery
Little Bear Winery is the newest winery in Gatlinburg! It opened its doors just 2 days before the Gatlinburg Wine Trail opened! It offers a contemporary atmosphere with one-of-a-kind wines. Little Bear Winery uses local fruit to make their wines, showcasing some of the local flavors of the mountains.
Bootleggers Homemade Wine
Bootleggers Homemade Wine makes their wine from scratch, using the best fruit and small-batch recipes that were used many years ago. Every bottle is made and batched by hand, and you’ll definitely be able to tell you’re drinking homemade wine! Bootleggers Homemade Wines is located in the heart of Gatlinburg.
Cades Cove Cellars
Cades Cove Cellars is located off the beaten path in Townsend, TN. Take a trip to the peaceful side of the Smokies to taste their homemade wines. The owners of Cades Cove Cellars have a combined winemaking experience of 80 years and strive to make every drop of wine represent a true taste of the Smokies.
Other Wineries in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains
If you want to explore some wineries that aren’t part of the trail, you’re in luck! The Smokies are home to a number of different wineries where you can enjoy complimentary tastings and even tours. Here are some popular wineries you can visit on your trip:
Hillside Winery focuses on Italian-style and sparkling wines. A majority of the fruit used in Hillside’s wines comes from Tennessee farms. When you visit, you can also take a tour of the facility to check out the champagne tanks and learn about the winemaking process.
Mill Bridge Winery
Mill Bridge Winery is located just steps away from The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge! You’ll find a variety of sweet, semi-sweet, and seasonal wines, as well as hard cider. This winery features a scenic patio where you can sip your drink and take in views of the Little Pigeon River.
Mountain Valley Vineyards
Mountain Valley Vineyards is just past the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge and is one of the largest wineries in the state! It has produced well over 500 award-winning wines since its opening in 1991. In addition to sweet wines, this spot specializes in German and French-style wines.
Apple Barn Winery
The Apple Barn Village is a popular destination for all Smoky Mountain visitors, whether it’s to enjoy a delicious meal, get some ice cream, or shop! It is home to the Apple Barn Winery, which offers a unique twist on wine. All of their wines are made on site using the apples you can see growing outside their door. Tastings of their apple-based wine are free for everyone!
More Things to Do in Gatlinburg
We bet you can’t wait to come try the new Gatlinburg Wine Trail in the Smoky Mountains! For help planning the perfect trip, take a look at more things to do in Gatlinburg.