Now is the perfect time for a road trip. Sample award-winning Tennessee wines while traveling along the Great Valley Wine Trail. Here are the five Made in Tennessee wineries you can expect to experience on your excursion:
Watauga Lake Winery – Butler
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You'll think you escaped to Tuscany's wine country, but it's the gently rolling hills of Tennessee that will beckon to your heart on this stop. Have some views with your wine as your eyes drink in the Villa Nove Vineyards that span 10 acres. Enjoy a glass of award-winning wine like the Doe Mountain Red, Watauga River wine, and the Laurel Creek Surprise.
Courtesy of Spout Spring Estates Winery & Vineyard
Drive 30-minutes along 11W from Knoxville to enjoy a free wine tasting of Old World-style crafted wines. The mountains and hills slope along the 6-acre vineyard. Learn about the grapes that are grown and harvested on-site ranging from Stuben to Cabernet Sauvignon (Spout Spring Estates is one of the largest producer of this grape in Tennessee), to Riesling and Muscadine.
Goodwater Vineyards – Mosheim
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Celebrate the glorious Tennessee weather with a spring picnic in the vineyard. Goodwater prepares a gourmet picnic complete with beef and asparagus Negimaki, caprese salad, and brie in Phyllo. Collect a free glass with your vine-to-wine tasting as well.
Eagle Springs Winery – Kodak
Courtesy of Eagle Springs Winery
Taste honey wine, exclusive to Eagle Springs Winery. The sweetest blend of clover, alfalfa and wildflower honeys are mixed with water and fermented wine. Other fruits, wines and juices are then mixed in for a unique Made in Tennessee flavor. Sip four wines for free with a tasting. Try all 16 hand-crafted varietals, 17 wines for $3 a person or $5 a couple.
The Winery at Seven Springs Farm – Maynardville
Courtesy of The Winery at Seven Springs Farm
Stroll along the five-acre estate vineyard and learn about the six varieties of grapes during an estate vineyard tour. Take a winery tour as the crafters delve into their process of crafting Tennessee wine with state-of-the-art engineering. Sip their hard work and find your new favorite wine with a tasting that can include the eight wines and one juice sample.
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