A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival

Uncork the fun and embark on a tasting tour of Tennessee’s best wineries, on show at the Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival on May 3. DSC_0335

In one afternoon of decadence you can effortlessly visit 21 wineries, sampling their vintages while educating your palate, in a festival that celebrates Tennessee’s growing wine-making industry.

Sip and stroll from tent to tent as you taste wines from across the state, savor gourmet specialty foods, shop for handcrafted treasures from local artisans, and enjoy the music and dancing. Attend a wine tasting seminar and raise your wine IQ. You’ll be the talk of your town when you entertain your friends with your new-found knowledge! DSC_0363

Learn how to read a wine label, select the proper wine glass, order wine in a restaurant, and experiment with wine and food pairings.

Nashville Shores hosts the region’s premier wine festival, introducing you to the winemakers and artisans. Make those personal connections and plan your own road trip to explore the dozens of wineries and vineyards nestled along Tennessee’s backroads. DSC_0360

This annual event is a major fundraiser for the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce, where for $25 in advance ($35 at the gate), you receive a complimentary souvenir glass that entitles you to a never-ending glass of wine as you taste your way around the festival from 12:00-6:00pm. DSC_0375

Thirty-minute seminars are offered on the hour, every hour. Mark down the schedule so you don’t miss your favorites! Sit back, relax and let your tastebuds enjoy the free wine and food sampling.

1:00pm – Tiny Bubbles

Refresh your palette with a sip of bubbly.

2:00pm – Wine & Pizza – It’s Amore!

Try this pairing of wine and pizza.

3:00pm – Sweet Temptations

Add a little decadence to your day, sampling a drop of wine with chocolate truffles.

4:00pm – Big, Bad & Bold

Forget the beer. Find the perfect vintage to pair with your barbecue and set your taste buds a-tingling. DSC_0334

Back in the late 1800s, vineyards flourished on many hillsides in the Volunteer state until Prohibition crushed this burgeoning cash crop and put the state’s wine industry on hold. In the past 40 years, Tennessee has made a remarkable recovery and there are now over 39 registered wineries across the state, producing wines that are collecting national and international awards.

More and more wineries are popping up, as vintners plant new vines and experiment with the subtle changes of soil type, grape variety, hillside aspect and blends as they craft their boutique wines.

If you thought that the best wines came from California, Australia or France, it’s time you explored our highways and byways and discover the award-winning wines in Tennessee’s thriving wine region.

Do you have a favorite Tennessee wine? We’d love to hear about your local discoveries along the Tennessee Wine Trail!

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on

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