Rocky Top Wine Trail

Rocky Top Wine Trail

Five wineries, over 70 unique wines…. and free tastings! What more could you ask for? Join us on the Rocky Top Wine Trail the next time you visit the Smokies and earn your logoed wine glass. The tour is 100% free and self guided so please wine responsibly.

2174 Parkway
Pigeon Forge , TN 37863 865-453-6334
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Five wineries, over 70 unique wines…. and free tastings! What more could you ask for? Join us on the Rocky Top Wine Trail the next time you visit the Smokies and earn your logoed wine glass. The tour is 100% free and self guided so please wine responsibly.

Address

2174 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

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Phone

865-453-6334

Description

The Smoky Mountain area is well know for its beautiful vistas, wildlife, fun family activities, and overwhelming local hospitality. A little know gem of the area that should be included in this long list of fun things to do are the wineries, which over the past 30 years have sourced local grapes and small fruits to produce exceptionally delicious vintages right here in the Smokies. Until recently, these wineries have been one of the best kept secrets in the area only known to those who happen to chance upon one of the seven while out and about. Ranging from the standard offerings of Cabernet, Merlot, and Chardonnay to sweet dessert wines such as Blackberry, Peach, and Muscadine, visitors are often surprised at the quality and variety of winemaking styles.

Here is a sneak peek at the wineries you don’t want to miss:

Sugarland Cellars Winery is also in Gatlinburg and offers a number of different tasting options when you visit. Best know for their sweet Loganberry and fruit wines, don’t miss out on trying some of their dry offerings as well. The wines are named using local history, so be sure to grab a spot at the bar and ask plenty of questions.

Mountain Valley Winery in Pigeon Forge is another long standing winery that has been around since 1991. Blackberry, Peach, and Muscadine are by far this location’s most popular offerings and they also offer full tours of their wine making area from noon – 5pm everyday.

Apple Barn Winery is part of the Apple Barn complex in Sevierville and makes a plethora of sweet-apple wines blended with fruit that are sure to pair well with your next order of apple fritters! In 2015, they began offering farm fresh hard ciders as well in their line up. Pro tip: Don’t miss the seasonal offerings of Apple Pomegranate and Apple Cranberry wines.

Hillside Winery is unique in that it is the only local winery that offers a large selection of in-house made sparkling wines. Tours at this location are some of the best around, especially if you luck out and are there around harvest season (August – October). Located in Sevierville near the Tanger Five Oaks shopping outlets, be sure to try their Black & Blue wine made with (you guessed it!) blackberries and blueberries.

The latest addition to the area, Mill Bridge Winery, offers a variety of locally produced wines and hard cider! Be sure to stop in for a fresh growler or even a glass of their Cider House Blue, a blueberry/apple hard cider, or their Pomicide, a delicious blend of apple and pomegranate! They are located on the Little Pigeon River in the Old Mill Historic District so you can find tons of family friendly activities to do in the area, as well.

And we would be in for it if we didn’t tell you about the local wine trail comprised of five of the wineries listed above and also a local distillery – Doc Collier Moonshine! With over 70 unique wines to try, the Rocky Top Wine Trail is a great option for those looking to make a day (or two) of wine tasting! You simply start at any of the following wineries/distilleries, pick up a passport, and then get a stamp at each location: Mountain Valley Winery, Apple Barn Winery, Hillside Winery, Sugarland Cellars Winery, Doc Collier Moonshine, and Mill Bridge Winery. Not only is the trail 100% free to do, once you have visited three locations you will receive a free wine glass, and if you finish the trail and visit all six locations you will receive another free gift!

Pro Tip: Don’t plan to do them all in one day, make it a few day adventure! Stop and enjoy lunch in between and take your time sampling the many different wines available.

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