June 21, 2021
With over 69 wineries and vineyards, seven total wine trails and 1,000 acres of vineyard space, Tennessee provides memorable experiences and offers picturesque destinations to visitors and locals. Here's how to take a grape escape across the state.
If staying in Memphis, start the day at the Old Millington Winery. Situated within the peaceful, rolling terrain of West Tennessee, their prize-worthy wine paired with their live music will have your palette craving more.
Cruise on over to the Napa-inspired Delta Blues Winery for great wine, picturesque views and fun. It is the ideal location to spend a day with friends and learn more about the grapes in the region as most of their grapes used to make their signature wines come from other vineyards across West Tennessee.
Close to Delta Blues is de terra Winery and Vineyard. Situated between Memphis and Jackson, guests can try everything from a sweet Muscadine to a smooth red and fruity white. With events happening throughout the year ranging from food trucks, music and dancing, a trip to the quaint winery is an afternoon well spent.
For over 100 years, Century Farm Winery has been a family-owned working farm which has allowed them to grow their impressive wine collection to over 17 different types. Whether looking to try a sampling of their highly award-winning wines or a glass of their signature wine of the month, this Jackson gem is a must-stop.
Travel north to White Squirrel Winery, named after the albino squirrels that live on the property, where guests can snack on their delicious chocolates, cheeses, jams, salsas and sausages coupled with a selection of their rich wines.
Wine trail enthusiasts can enter Gibson County for Crown Winery & HRH Vineyards. The Tuscany-styled winery prides themselves on using renewable energy to create their wide range of fine wines including a refreshing sparkling wine, full-bodied red and a beautiful blush that pairs perfectly with parmesan cheese. You'll love the Instagram-worthy winery and surrounding property - they host weddings regularly.
Venture to the Venetian-inspired Paris Winery where guests can try over 31 flavors of wine that are all made right on property. This fun stop mixed with its great southern hospitality and rolling hills of vines is the perfect place to spend your day.
If you're vacationing near the Upper Cumberland region, enjoy a visit to Cellar 53, a family farm located in Brush Creek. With everything from sweet, dry and seasonal wines, you can take in the fine textures while drinking in the views on the winery’s back patio.
Continue to relish along the trail at Red Barn Winery & Vineyards where each of their wines are made with care from their very own estate-grown grapes. As you sip on a glass, you can take a tour and learn more about how they make some of their most popular, well-balanced wines including the Tennessee Red Neck, Niagara Sweet White Grape and Cranberry Spice.
Escape to Arrington Vineyards, located 25 miles south of Nashville. The winery includes five tasting rooms, beautiful views and 16 acres of vineyards. Sample a few of Arrington's 21 award-winning wines onsite including chardonnay, Merlot and sweet wines. Spend an afternoon enjoying live music every weekend April through November. In May through October, get delicious food to pair with your meal during Food Truck Fridays.
The next stop of the day is at the ravishing DelMonaco Winery and Vineyard. With the property stretching over 52 acres across the Tennessee’s countryside, vino-lovers are encouraged to saunter through the vineyard, partake in a tasting of DelMonaco’s award-winning wines and soak in the European-style views that many choose to spend their wedding days.
Any wine tour of middle Tennessee is not complete without a visit to Highland Manor Winery, the state’s oldest licensed winery. Highland Manor has been providing guests with its highly awarded wines and tranquil settings dating all the way back to before Prohibition.
Offering tastings seven days a week, you can take in Stonehaus Winery's delicious wines (tastings are free!), food like Adult Lunchables which includes gourmet crackers, cheeses and meats, and homemade fudge. Beautiful views can be seen as the family-owned winery is located atop Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau. Stonehaus produces a variety of wines ranging from dry to sweet, red and white. Browse the unique gifts and buy homemade fudge and gourmet foods to pair with your favorite wine.
Named by Southern Living as one of The South’s Best Vineyards, Grinder’s Switch Winery has been leading the way in Middle Tennessee for over a decade with its award-winning wines. Make your day sweet by sipping on some of their most popular wines such as Honeysuckle Rose, Blackberry Express and Cabernet Sauvignon while strolling amongst the property’s vineyards.
Not too far from Grinder’s Switch Winery is Keg Springs Winery in Hampshire. With weekly entertainment, a complimentary buffet and wine slushies, it makes for the quintessential summer day.
Amber Falls Winery greets everyone with its cozy feel and a breath of fresh air. Opportunities await to relax on their patio with a bottle or meander among the vines to learn how they make their superb selection of sweet and dry wines.
Lastly, wine down at the beautifully manicured Natchez Hills Vineyard & Winery where the owners, Jim and Karen Odom, provide guests with the ultimate wine experience. Indulge in a variety of their prize-worthy wines including Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and their signature Naughty Tea.
Hillside Winery in Sevierville offers a fresh break from the everyday hustle and bustle while providing guests a free sample of Italy. Named one of the largest grape-crushing facilities in the region, guests can try everything from Pinot Grigio to Muscadine wine.
Also in Sevierville is Apple Barn Winery where its apple-based wines are always a surprising treat such as its classics ranging from Apple Barn White, Apple Blush and Apple Strawberry to seasonal options such as Apple Julep and Blackberry Dessert Wine.
Visit one of Tennessee’s largest wineries, Mountain Valley Vineyards in Pigeon Forge. For over 30 years, Mountain Valley has been providing its visitors with a selection of French and German-inspired wines all made from grapes native to Tennessee.
Not too far from Mountain Valley Vineyards is Mill Bridge Winery. Located in the popular Mill Bridge District, they offer a mix of crisp wines to start and then top off the tasting with a flight of their signature ciders. It makes for a memorable, spirited day.
Sugarland Cellars in Gatlinburg offers a fun, cozy ambiance among the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where wine lovers can try a sampling of dry to sweet wines.
Take in the country views at Spout Spring Estate Winery & Vineyard in Blaine. The six-acre estate is home to sprawling views and homegrown blackberries, blueberries and wine berries all used to create their wide selection of wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and Muscadine wines.
Enjoy an afternoon at Goodwater Vineyards in the rural town of Mosheim. The vineyard prepares gourmet picnics for guests that pair perfectly with a glass or two of its award-winning wines. It makes the ideal lunch spot for every vino lover.
Take a tour of The Winery at Seven Springs Farm to learn about the process they take to create their delicious handcrafted wines and juices. Sip and enjoy all eight of their plentiful wines ranging from white, red and rose.
The historic Tsali Notch Vineyard is located in Madisonville. You can spend some time tasting the popular Muscadine wines and juices. Take a tour around the property and catch breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains and Cherokee National Forest.
Next, make your way to Townsend and bask in the peaceful settings of Cades Cove Cellars in Townsend. For over 80 years, they’ve been busy perfecting their wine and providing their guests with a one-of-a-kind experience that truly highlights the region's unique charm and beauty.
You can find even more wineries and vineyards to plan your own excursion through Tennessee's statewide wine country.