The annual Smoky Mountain Winefest happens Saturday afternoon between 1 and 6 pm on April 8, 2017 at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg at 556 Parkway. At least 17 wineries from around Tennessee will be present offering samples and sales of their wares, along with expert guidance on wine and food, and the perfect food pairings from local restaurants.
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Smoky Mountain Winery is Gatlinburg’s oldest winery, established in 1981, and the winner of numerous awards. Located just off of East Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN, it’s a hidden gem and great favorite for many people who like to sample the varieties of wine that the area offers.
Wine lovers of all experience levels will enjoy sampling the varieties of locally grown and produced vintages offered in Smoky Mountain Winery’s tasting room. The Winery no longer offers tours, but includes an adjacent gift shop where you can purchase wine accessories and bottles of your favorites from your tasting selection.
Have you explored the Rocky Top Wine Trail? The trail is made up of 5 wineries located from Sevierville through Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg – with a moonshine distillery thrown in for good measure at the Gatlinburg end. All locations along the trail are open 7 days a week, and each winery offers free samples. As a bonus, some also offer tours of the cellars and tank rooms in the afternoons.
You can pick and choose which wineries to visit and when, it doesn’t all have to be on the same day. You can pick up a passport at your first stop (or download it in advance from the Wine Trail website) to get stamped at each stop in the trail. This enters you into a drawing with prizes, and also nets you a gift wine glass at the 3rd stop, and a shot glass if you complete the trail.
Is wine-making an art or a craft? Vintners will tell you it’s both, and Smoky Mountain wine country mingles with the arts crowd this weekend in two events.
The 4th Annual Wine Fest at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts happens Saturday, April 9, 1-6 pm. This highly successful event features the different wines of 17 local wineries, accompanied by culinary masterworks from local chefs as pairings. The school’s own art is on display in its own marvelous galleries.
Meanwhile, on Friday, April 8, the Arts & Crafts Community celebrates the opening day of its Hands-On Gatlinburg 3-day festival by welcoming the evening Wine, Dine and Art Crawl – more smartly known as The Wine Tour. The Tour offers a taste of hors d’oeuvres at each of three Gatlinburg wineries.