Rocky Top Wine Trail

It’s #NationalDrinkWineDay and I live in the wine capital of the world!

Well maybe not that extreme, however there are a lot of wineries in the area that give out lots of free samples and free tours. It’s a wine-lovers paradise.

Most people come to Gatlinburg to spend time in the great outdoors, hiking the trails and exploring the mountains. However for those who aren’t really into the “outdoorsy” thing, this trail might just be perfect for you.

The Rocky Top Wine Trail is  comprised of five different wineries, offering over 60 unique varieties of wine to sample for free. That’s right…free. Visitors pick up a Rocky Top Wine Trail Passport at their first stop and have it stamped at each location. At the third stop you’ll receive a free logo wine glass and a free gift once the trail is completed.

Between these five wineries, wine drinkers will certainly find their favorites such as merlot, chardonnay and shiraz along with various fruit-based flavors. The Smoky Mountain Muscadine wine is a southern favorite and worth trying if you’re looking for a true taste of Tennessee.

The Rocky Top Trail includes:

Mountain Valley Winery

Mountain Valley Winery is Tennessee’s largest winery and winner of the “Wines of the South” (2009) National Award. Located minutes away from Dollywood, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and downtown Gatlinburg, visitors can sample over 20 award winning wines. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the winery and experience the process from the moment the grapes are picked to the time that they are bottled and corked. Mountain Valley Winery also provides freshly churned cheese from Tennessee Farm Products to pair with their delicious wine.

Hillside Winery

Hillside Winery is the sister company to Mountain Valley Winery and the newest winery to the Smoky Mountain area. Hillside specializes in Italian style and bubbly wines. Here you can enjoy a behind the scenes tour and experience firsthand how Hillside Winery makes their wine. In addition to wine, Hillside offers their Sweetwater Valley Cheese selections, summer sausages, homemade wine jellies and other delicious Tennessee products.

Apple Barn & Cider Mill

The Apple Barn & Cider Mill is a winery and so much more. The Apple Barn includes a working apple farm with a general store, two restaurants, a candy factory, ice cream shop parlor and Christmas shop. Not only can you sample wine, the Cider Room allows folks to watch the apples being pressed into delicious cider in the fall where guests can sample fresh cider hot or cold. This is a great place for families to spend the afternoon enjoying all things apple.

Sugarlands Cellar

Sugarlands Cellar is located right on the Gatlinburg Parkway and offers daily tours and complimentary wine tastings. The gift shop is a great experience filled with plenty of wine-related gifts and Smoky Mountain Memories.

Eagle Springs Winery

Known for their unique honey wines, Eagle Spring Winery offers a unique tasting experience like no other. Wanting to bring something different to the smokies, the owners of Eagle Springs decided to purchase and renovate a huge log cabin and open a fully operational honey-based winery. In addition, this log cabin-themed winery is also available to host special events!

What’s great about the trail is that you can visit any of these five wineries at your own leisure. You can do them in a day, spread them out through the week or even a year if you’d prefer! The passport never expires and as long as you have all five stamped, you’ll receive your free gift at the end.

What a great day February 18 is – a holiday that should be celebrated everyday!

Happy National Wine Day, ya’ll!


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