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Stuben Grape Harvest at Spout Spring Estates Winery

All About Wine, Fall Harvest, Spout Spring Estates Winery and Vineyard, Wineries|

It is grape harvest time now at the wineries on Thunder Road Wine Trail. Watch this short video from Alice Faye Belt, owner of Spout Spring Estates Winery, showing her mother helping to harvest their Stuben grapes from their estate vineyard.  Our Wine Trail family-run wineries hand-pick their grapes. Now is a great time to visit [...]

Appalachia Museum Antique Show | Near Thunder Road Wine Trail

Along the Wine Trail, Americana, Appalachia, History, Near Wineries, Out-of-Doors, The Winery at Seven Springs Farm|

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 sure to stop by two nearby wineries on Thunder Road Wine Trail. The Museum of Appalachia is a wonderful place to [...]

You Say Varietal. I Say Variety.

All About Wine, Common Wine Terms|

Varietal vs Variety Is there a difference between the terms "varietal" and "variety" when talking about wines and grapes? Actually, there is.  According to Wikipedia: Varietal is actually a term applied to a wine that is made primarily from a single named grape variety, and which typically displays the name of that variety on the [...]

Grainger County Tomato Festival

Along the Wine Trail, Americana, Near Wineries, Out-of-Doors, Spout Spring Estates Winery & Vineyard|

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 tomatoes and this festival not only celebrates this fruit but has all the trappings of a county fair — complete [...]

House Mountain State Natural Area

Along the Wine Trail, Near Wineries, Out-of-Doors, Scenic Views & Rides, Spout Spring Estates Winery & Vineyard|

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 at the top.  The two-hour hike is strenuous, due to the elevation and the condition of the trails.  There are lots [...]

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Along the Wine Trail, Eagle Springs Winery, History, Near Wineries, Out-of-Doors, Scenic Views & Rides|

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 Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg year-round on their way to the park.  Things to see and do in the park: [...]

Doe Mountain Recreation Area

Along the Wine Trail, Near Wineries, Out-of-Doors, Scenic Views & Rides, Watauga Lake Winery|

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 State Park has 8,600 acres of wooded forest and about 35 miles of OHV trails, mainly on old logging roads.