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Posted on 7/27/2021

The Best 4 Wineries to Visit in Gatlinburg


Picture yourself relaxing on your cabin deck, sipping wine so local you could see the winery if those gorgeous mountains weren’t in the way. Sweet fruit wines are a Tennessee tradition, and these four Gatlinburg wineries are the best places to taste these local favorites!


1. TENNESSEE HOMEMADE WINES

Stroll into the rustic wooden shop with its retro signs outside, and start tasting Tennessee Homemade Wines’ range of sweet wines crafted from local fruit. Ask about featured wines, selected by the team behind the bar.

Taste Great Niagara, a fresh, white wine and one of these winemakers’ favorites. Try Red Muscadine, made from a wild berry mixing sweet and tart flavors in a uniquely Southern and local blend. Fruit wines include peach, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, and apple.


2. SUGARLAND CELLARS

Sugarland Cellars’ winery is a beauty built from reclaimed, local barn wood. Sugarland names every wine after a historical figure, location, or fact about the surrounding area. Tour the winery and enjoy a free tasting at the unusual tasting bar, located in the heart of the winemaking area.

Try Sugarland’s frozen wine slushies, nibble on cheeses, or drink wines by the glass. Popular wines include Cherry-Kee--it’s 100 percent cherries--and Elkmont, a loganberry wine. You’ll find traditional wines like chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, plus Tennessee sweet fruit wines.


3. GATLINBURG WINE CELLAR

Cotton candy wine? Gatlinburg Wine Cellar makes it--tangy grapes with a touch of sweet vanilla for a wine that reminds you of being a kid at the fair. Don’t miss other flavors like Birthday Cake (with hints of vanilla cake and buttercream frosting), Beary White (a crisp white wine), or High & Dry (a mix of five red grapes, for those who prefer a less sweet taste).

Gatlinburg Wine Cellar is located on the Parkway, so you can’t miss the bright pink signs for Cotton Candy or the friendly black bear mascot!


4. BOOTLEGGER'S HOMEMADE WINE

Two sisters founded Bootleggers Homemade Wine, using traditional recipes to make small batches with all-natural ingredients. This small operation makes its wines using “just the stuff you’d find in kitchens throughout the South” and bottles each batch by hand.

At their Gatlinburg store, taste and shop for red and white table wines, fruit wines including peach, strawberry, and blackberry, and a dessert wine called Redneck Reserve. Bootleggers features scuppernong, a Southern staple you just have to taste.

Bring your bottles home to your rental cabin and kick back to enjoy the flavors of Gatlinburg. Reserve your vacation cabin today!

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