So Much to See!

New to our area?  Don’t have a clue where to start?  We’ve made it easier to plan your trip to the wineries on the Great Valley Wine Trail.

  • Watch the slideshow to find something that interests you and click on the picture to learn more.
  • To narrow your focus, click on the category list in the left sidebar (on a laptop) or scroll to the bottom (on mobile devices).
  • 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 [...]

  • Tennessee wine in grocery stores?

    Tennessee wine in grocery stores?

    July 1 is going to be a great day for wine lovers all across Tennessee. That is the day when legislation allowing wine sales in Tennessee grocery stores will go into effect. Approved in 2014, [...]

  • Along the Trail: Bloom Festival at Oakes Daylilies

    Along the Trail: Bloom Festival at Oakes Daylilies

    There's surprising beauty hiding in the byways of the Great Valley of East Tennessee, and many homegrown businesses that might surprise you. Our friends at Oakes Daylilies are ready to welcome you to their Bloom [...]

  • The Vineyard Year: Bloom through Fruit Set

    The Vineyard Year: Bloom through Fruit Set

    It's been a beautiful spring in the Great Valley of East Tennessee. We've seen moderate to cool temperatures and a relatively normal balance between sunshine and rain.  We did have a late frost scare, which can be particularly [...]

  • Prohibition – Pawns Of The “Great Experiment”

    Prohibition – Pawns Of The “Great Experiment”

    “Never have so many been deceived about so much by so few.” Mark Thornton, The Economics of Prohibition. SUMMARY: Prohibition of alcohol, the Eighteenth Amendment, and the Volstead Act (the mechanism of the amendment's [...]

  • Prohibition and Tennessee’s Historic Thriving Wine Industry

    Prohibition and Tennessee’s Historic Thriving Wine Industry

    The Early Years – Great Valley Wine Trail SUMMARY:  Tennessee has an extensive history in both spirits production and grape growing and wine production.  Before Prohibition, Tennessee was said to be one of the largest [...]

  • Appalachia Museum Antique Show | Near Thunder Road Wine Trail

    Appalachia Museum Antique Show | Near Thunder Road Wine Trail

    The Appalachia Museum's Pioneer Village is the perfect setting for the "Days of the Pioneer" invitation-only antique show that is held every September — attracting antique lovers from all over the United States.  While you are there, be [...]

  • Grainger County Tomato Festival

    Grainger County Tomato Festival

    Spout Spring Estates Winery and Vineyard is close (12 miles, see interactive map) to the Grainger County Tomato Festival, in Rutledge TN, the largest free festival in East Tennessee.  Grainger County is known for their [...]

  • House Mountain State Natural Area

    House Mountain State Natural Area

    Spout Spring Estates Winery & Vineyard is close (14 miles; see interactive map) to House Mountain State Natural Area off of 11W.  It is a great place for hiking with the reward of a scenic view [...]

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Eagle Springs Winery (19 mi — see interactive map) is on your way to the Gatlinburg TN entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located off of I-40, Exit 407, millions of people pass through [...]

  • Doe Mountain Recreation Area

    Doe Mountain Recreation Area

    Watauga Lake Winery (17 miles) is near the Doe Mountain Recreation Area (interactive map)  — a great place to ride your dirt bike, ATV or UTV or hike.   Formerly, a Wildlife Management Area, this new TN [...]

  • Virginia Creeper Trail | Downhill All the Way

    Virginia Creeper Trail | Downhill All the Way

    Watauga Lake Winery is close (30 miles, see interactive map) to the Virginia Creeper Trail — considered to be the best rail-trail in the East and among the best in the United States.  This is a [...]

  • Wautaga Lake

    Wautaga Lake

    Near Watauga Lake Winery, is Watauga Lake — one of many lakes created by dams engineered by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the 1930's.  Watauga Lake holds the distinction of being the TVA's highest-elevated reservoir in [...]