A house says a lot about its owner, as evidenced by Galileo’s solar-system bed sheets and Lincoln’s vast collection of presidential action figures. Take a rare peek at history with today's Groupon: for $16, you get a plantation tour and wine tasting for two at the historic Belle Meade Plantation (up to a $32 value).
Situated atop lush green farmland just six miles west of Nashville, the historic Belle Meade mansion and winery harvests Tennessee grapes to bottle and pour muscadine and blackberry vintages for its illustrious visitors. Saunter like a southern belle through the charming and authentically restored rooms as a classically dressed guide regales you with the romantic niceties of Civil War family scandals. Complete the anachronistic excursion with a tour of the tasting room and a sip of one of the locally crafted potables, which are also available for purchase by the bottle. Though today's Groupon is only good for the tour and wine tasting, Belle Meade also boasts a unique gift shop shilling southern culinary delights, such as honey jam, country hams, and stone-ground baking mixes alongside souvenir items, including shot glasses, thimbles, and subtle, thimble-disguised shot glasses.
State law does not allow charging for wine tastings.
- Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable and much of the house relics were authentic or at least period pieces. – Steve M., Yelp
- I was intrigued to hear the story of the family, the horses, and the rise and fall of this plantation. It is like taking a little step back in time and seeing what things were like… – Zeke A., Yelp
Belle Meade Plantation
When visitors walk between the 1853 Greek-revival mansion’s six solid-cut stone pillars, onto the portico, and through the heavy wood door, they might tour the rooms or learn to cook in its original kitchen. Originally founded by John Harding in 1807 for thoroughbred-horse breeding, the rolling grounds of Belle Meade Plantation now welcome seasonal tours and events ranging from book signings to art shows. Knowledgeable guides in period costumes lead tour groups through the building’s parlors and bedrooms and down a long central hallway to ascend the three floors via a circular cherry-wood staircase.
As groups wander the mansion and cross the grounds, guides divulge facts about famous visitors, such as President Cleveland and General Ulysses S. Grant, including the fact that they probably got scared of the dark just like normal people. During special tours, the staff demonstrates Southern cooking techniques and walks visitors through an herb garden or serves them lemonade or hot wassail with desserts. In an on-grounds winery, winemakers hold tastings of red and white varietals made from Tennessee grapes. Visitors can also clink wineglasses over Southern-style cuisine at the Harding House restaurant, located on the plantation grounds.