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Meet Talented Vintners

Grapes are formed by the terroir, but it is the winemaker that realizes their full potential. Each vintner has their own style. Each shapes their wine to reflect their vision. Experience a new generation of winemakers on our Great Valley Wine Trail. Learn more about our winemakers.

Our Tennessee Wines

You know Merlot, Syrah, and Chardonnay, we want to introduce you to Chancellor, Chambourcin and Seyval. Unlike the classic California varietals, these regional grapes do well in Tennessee’s humid, subtropical climate and our vintners use them to produce award-winning wines. Learn more about our Tennessee wines.

Wine is an Agricultural Endeavor

Visiting farms, wineries, and vineyards — sometimes called agritourism — is the pleasurable way to explore and enjoy rural East Tennessee. Wine is an agricultural endeavor, and most of our wineries have large estate vineyards; these winemakers think about growing a bottle of wine. Agritourism and the success of wineries are closely linked. Learn more about TN agritourism…

Our Thunder Road History

Thunder Road represented escape from the poverty of rural Appalachia that running “White Lightning” provided.  Fast cars, fearless drivers, and back-woods mountain roads that led to the cities and towns created an American legend – Thunder Road.  Today’s Great Valley Wine Trail takes you across those very roads from Thunder Road in Maynardville to Copper Head Road in Butler, TN.  You’ll discover wonderful Tennessee wines as you experience the real East Tennessee — wild, beautiful, friendly, yet sophisticated.

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Uncork the History

Thunder Road represented escape from the poverty of rural Appalachia that running “White Lightning” provided. Fast cars, fearless drivers, and back-woods mountain roads that led to the cities and towns created an American legend – Thunder Road. Today’s Great Valley Wine Trail takes you across those very roads from Thunder Road in Maynardville to Copper Head Road in Butler, TN. You’ll discover wonderful Tennessee wines as you experience the real East Tennessee — wild, beautiful, friendly, yet sophisticated.
Rick Riddle, Founder , Great Valley Wine Trail

The Great Valley of East Tennessee

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Along the Trail

So much to see! We’ve made it easy to plan your trip. Check out our Along the Trail feature and find something that interests you near the wineries you want to visit.

  • Along the Trail: Candlelight Tours

    Along the Trail: Candlelight Tours

    Note: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge were this week the center of unprecedented wildfires. At this time, fatalities have been reported, many hospitalized, and it [...]

  • It’s Fall Festival Time!

    It’s Fall Festival Time!

    As the days get shorter and the air turns crisp, it's a special time of year, full of football, fall colors, hayrides, and of course fall festivals. There are fall festivals happening somewhere in the Great [...]

  • Along the Trail: Quilt Shows in Historic Jonesborough, Tenn.

    Along the Trail: Quilt Shows in Historic Jonesborough, Tenn.

    So many Southerners know the joy of curling up beneath a hand-stitched family heirloom quilt and appreciating the hours of care poured into that quilt by a loving mother, aunt or grandmother. Quilts and quilting [...]