Are you a wine enthusiast? Then you should check out the Gatlinburg Wine Trail while you’re in town! You’ll be able to try popular wines at each of these wineries, and everyone who is of legal drinking age in your group will have a blast! You might just find your new favorite wine along the way! Keep reading to learn more about the Gatlinburg Wine Trail.
What to Expect
There are two different ways you can experience this wine trail. You can take a self-guided tour and visit each winery as you explore downtown Gatlinburg. By going along the tour yourself, you can spread the fun across the day or a few days. You can print out the wine passport yourself or ask for one at any of the wineries at your first stop. As you make your way through the trail, you’ll get a stamp for each winery you visit after you try their signature wines. At the third and final stops, you will receive a free gift for completing the tour!
The other way to enjoy this trail is to book a VIP wine tour. With the purchase of a ticket for this tour, you will be shuttled around downtown Gatlinburg by a designated driver and receive a few extra samples, special discounts, and a personalized experience of the wine tour. A key difference between the self-guided tour and the VIP tour is the number of wineries you will visit. On the VIP tour, you’ll only stop by Cades Cove Wears Valley, Cades Cove Townsend, and Sugarland Cellars Winery. The VIP tours take place every day from 10 am to 2 pm.
You’re probably wondering which wineries are included in the Gatlinburg Wine Trail. Here is a list of all the wineries you can visit along the trail:
Cades Cove Cellars
Cades Cove Cellars is a family owned and operated winery in the heart of the Smokies. This winery strives to capture the Smoky Mountain essence in their wines, so you’ll feel like you’re in the mountains no matter where you’re sipping on their delicious wines. Almost all of the wines are named after areas in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and their selection ranges from sweet whites to dry reds.
Sugarland Cellars Winery
At Sugarland Cellars Winery, you’ll find traditional wines like Pinot Noir and Malbec, as well as some signature wines made from loganberries or cherries. Each wine at Sugarlands has a name that is associated with a historical figure, key location, or other aspect of the Smoky Mountains.
Bootleggers Homemade Wine
Another great stop along the Gatlinburg Wine Trail is Bootleggers Homemade Wine. The owners of this winery are sisters, and they specialize in Appalachian wines made from all different kinds of fruit. You’ll love the muscadine blush, scuppernong, and blackberry wines at Bootleggers!
Little Bear Winery
Little Bear Winery is located right on the Parkway, so you definitely can’t miss it! They are known for their fruity wines, especially the Two Berries wine, which is a combination of blueberries and blackberries. Other wine flavors you will find at Little Bear include sweet watermelon, blackberry peach, All That Razz, and Black Forest.
The Gatlinburg Wine Trail is a fun activity you won’t want to miss on your next trip to the Smokies! Have you already started thinking about planning your trip? Look through our Gatlinburg hotel rooms, and book one for your vacation today!