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When most people think of a winery, they picture the farms of France, or the countryside in the Napa Valley. But for many years, wineries have flourished across the county with many successful ones in the south. It just so happens that in many places in Sevier County, you can see, smell and taste the results of those sun-ripened grapes mashed and fermented into delicious wine.
We’ll start in Gatlinburg with Smoky Mountain
Wineries. Since 1981, they’ve been producing award-winning wines. You can take
tours, have samples and purchase some bottles to take home.
From there we head to Sugarland
Cellars Winery. They highlight the history of Gatlinburg with their labels
as well as through their tours. They offer samples and have a gift shop where
you can buy variety packs of wine if you want more than just one bottle.
Next we head to Pigeon Forge, to Tennessee’s largest
Valley Winery. Producing more than 45,000 gallons of wine a year, they too
have a wide selection of wines and are part of the Rocky Top Wine Trail, which
has three wineries within three miles of each other.
Part of the Apple Barn complex is the Apple Barn Winery. They offer wine
hand-crafted in small lots from local fruit. They also have a gift shop full of
wine and accessories.
offers sparkling wines, something that not all wineries have. In addition, they have Italian wines, and
offer samples and tours.
You can also join the Rocky Top Wine Club
and get great deals from many of these wineries. The next time your pour a
glass of white or red, think about seeing what the Smoky Mountains have to
offer when it comes to great vino.