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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 Thunder Road 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.