Are you a wine connoisseur or do you just like a nice glass of vino now and then? Is your tickle red or white? Sparkling or dry? If you seek an amazingly fine wine, you don’t have to head out West. The foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains are fast becoming the most popular destination in the Southeast for excellent vintages. Over 30 varieties are grapes are grown in both Tennessee and North Carolina so you can be assured that Smoky Mountain Wineries truly have something for everyone to enjoy. Each state’s varied topography, soil and climate allow for many varieties of popular grapes to be grown here like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. And of course you can find native, Eastern North American varieties like Catawba, Niagara, Concord, and the famous Muscadine. These diverse lands are able to produce wines of rich character and depth.
North Carolina is home to America’s first grape, Muscadines, also known as Scuppernongs. Today, North Carolina is the only place in the world where every major type of grape can be grown!
Smoky Mountain wineries also offer flavorful fruit wines like blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, peach, pear, watermelon, pomegranate, raspberry, elderberry, and of course sparkling hard apple cider. You can even find Port and other fortified dessert wines in the Smokies.
Wine trails abound across the Great Smoky Mountains, so grab your glass and get ready for best wine tasting tour yet! You’ll find that most Smoky Mountain wineries and vineyards also offer a great selection of artisan cheeses, breads and more local goodies.