Nestled in the mountains of East Tennessee, Hillside Winery presses and ferments its catalog of Italian-style and sparkling wines on site, often using fruit sourced from local farms. A rustic tasting room puts visitors in relaxation mode, while they sip sangiovese, pinot grigio, and Asti-style spumante from complimentary tasting glasses or prepare to engage the gift shop’s stuffed bear in staring contests. Behind the scenes, guests can see the polished, stainless-steel drums that press the grapes and store the wines, and observe as each bottle is capped, not corked. Butterflies captured by nature photographer Patricia Ferguson grace Hillside’s wine labels, adding a delicate note to each wine’s flavor profile.
Rooted in Black Forest tradition, the Heinzelmännchen Brewery was founded by Dieter Kuhn, who as a young boy in Germany used to fetch his family's beer from the local brauhaus. Get a peek at beer’s birthing process with a guided stroll through the brewery. A tour guide (frequently the head brewer himself, although there are no guarantees) explains the Heinzelmännchen brewing system and equipment while delineating how each piece of machinery works, what it produces, and what its favorite Winston Churchill quotes are. Tours take place Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and can last between 5 and 20 minutes. After the tour, each participant can taste eight beer samples which vary day to day. Samples may include the pilsner-style Ancient Days honey blonde ale; the smooth, toffee-accented Middleworld brown ale; and the creamy, thick-headed Black Forest stout. Each carousing couple also goes home with two souvenir pint glasses and one Novum growler, a deceptively friendly jug-shaped transporter of beer perfect for hikes, ornithology retreats, and gingerbread-man hunts. Fill up the growler for an additional fee, but please note the pint glasses cannot be filled up at the brewery.
Mountain Valley Vineyards started producing wine in 1991 and has since come out with many popular choices including Mountain Valley Red and Blackberry Wine. We absolutely love serving our wine to both new and returning customers. Cheers!
Nestled between Little Pigeon River and the myriad attractions of Apple Barn Village, Apple Barn Winery dispenses bottles of its handcrafted orchard wines. Within the pastoral building, tasting glasses stand sentinel on a polished wood bar as servers pour dry, semisweet, and sweet wines. Some varietals are matured in French, Hungarian, and American oak barrels with toasted interiors that create drier wines and exude a strong aroma of Paul Bunyan. The winery offers a wide variety of apple wines with flavors complicated by the inclusion of such fruits as pomegranate, raspberry, and strawberry.
Cuisine Type: Muscadines
Most popular offering: Muscadine wine, juice, jelly
Delivery / Take-out Available: No
Alcohol: Wine Only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Come try our wines and stay for the view.
The lush greenery seems to extend in every direction at Tsali Notch Vineyard, the horizon broken only by views of the mountains within the Cherokee National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here, most of the 6,435 vines are home to five varieties of ripening muscadine grapes. Stretching more than 21 miles, these plants yield a harvest that is transformed into handcrafted wines, jams, jellies, and salsas. On weekends, the tasting room is open to visitors, who are welcome to sample the fermented and cultivated fruits of the farmers' labors.
Perched atop Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau, the family-owned and award-winning Stonehaus Winery has nurtured grapes into their grandest liquid potential for more than 20 years. A complimentary winery tour follows grapes' life cycles from growth to crushing to the 3,000-bottles-per-hour automated bottling machine, with a brief pause when grapes run away to find themselves and form folk combos. Stonehaus Winery's more than 18 varieties of wine include sweet white and red muscadines ($10.95–$14.95), a Moonlight cabernet ($19.95), and a very dry pinot gris with citrus overtones ($19.95) that complement chicken, seafood, pork, and more. Stonehaus's popular Tickled Pink sparkling wine, a fruity, semi-sweet labrusca, won Best of Show at the 2009 Wines of the South competition. Stonehaus Winery also showcases homemade fudge, gourmet foods, and educational toys for children and hosts community events, such as concerts, outdoor movie screenings, and frozen-wine-sculpting tournaments.