Smoky Mountain Wine Country

Trek the Rocky Top Wine Trail

When you’re spending a few days in Gatlinburg this month and you’re wondering what to do when it’s a bit cold outside, take the opportunity to see some of the indoor sites around the region. What could be better on a crisp December day than touring one of the many wineries in the Gatlinburg area?

Smoky Mountain Wine Country Rocky Top Wine Trail

Visit the Rocky Top Wine Trail

Five different wineries have joined forces to create the Rocky Top Wine Trail. Touring each of these facilities is the perfect way to spend a couple of days out of the cold. You can start at any one of the wineries, picking up your trail Passport when you arrive.  Locations can be visited in any order, and you’ll get a stamp for your passport at each.  When you have gotten your third stamp, you will receive a free logo wine glass. Complete the entire trail to receive a free gift.

Each of the wineries offers free wine tasting to visitors 21 and over. Be sure to have your ID handy. If you’re going to stop at a few in a single day, be sure to designate a driver for the whole excursion.

When you visit Mountain Valley Winery, Sugarland Cellars, and Hillside Winery, you can tour the cellars and tanks for a behind the scenes look at how the wine are crafted. Each winery has its own wine specialty too!

The five wineries of the Rocky Top Wine Trail:

  • Eagle Springs Winery in Kodak
  • Hillside Winery in Sevierville
  • Apple Barn Winery in Sevierville
  • Mountain Valley Winery in Pigeon Forge
  • Sugarland Cellars in Gatlinburg

All wineries are open seven days a week and are closed only on Christmas day.

If you tour one winery each day, you will have spent a great week sampling some of the best wine that the region has to offer. Certainly you’ll want to pick up a bottle or two at each location to bring back to your cabin or suite for a more in depth sampling. A bottle of wine in a cozy room at Carr’s Northside during a cold winter night? Sounds like a great vacation plan!

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