Saturday, May 29, 2010

The New Rocky Top Wine Trail

IMG_1835_smallWith in minutes of the lodge you can explore the "Rocky Top Wine Trail." You will be able to visit and tour some of areas finest, award-winning wineries located just minutes from Gatlinburg. You could bring back a bottle of wine and relax in a rocking chair while enjoying the spectacular Smoky Mountain View from your own balcony or the massive lodge deck. Or take and afternoon tour of all the wineries. There are three wineries on the "Rocky Top Wine Trail." They are Mountain Valley Winery, Hillside Winery, and finally, Apple Barn & Cider Mill.

Mountain Valley is Tennessee’s largest winery and host to a National Award-Winning "Wines of the South" (voted 2009). Mountain Valley is located only a few minutes away from Dollywood, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and downtown Gatlinburg TN. You can take a tour of the winery from the moment the grape is picked from the home grown vines to the time it is bottled and corked. Make sure you stop by the FREE tasting bar to sample over 20 award-winning wines. They also have a variety of freshly churned cheeses from Tennessee Farm Products. We are sure you will love the Mountain Valley Winery as we produce thousands of gallons of wine each year and have taken medals, both nationally and internationally, since our doors opened in 1991. Before you leave stop by the gift shop and take some souvenirs home with you! For more information please visit

Hillside Winery is the Sister Company to Mountain Valley Winery. It is the newest winery to the Smoky Mountain area. Take a tour of the winery experiencing their newly offered Italian wines such as Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese and several others. The Hillside Winery has a wide selection of sparkling wines, such as the Black & Blue, which is made from homegrown blackberries and blueberries. For more information please visit page

The Apple Barn & Cider Mill is your last stop. Apple Barn and Cider Mill has a working apple farm with a general store, winery, two restaurants, a candy factory, an ice cream parlor, and a Christmas shop. The beautiful estate and genuine Apple Barn Farmhouse Grill will make you feel like family just by stepping into the restaurant. The Apple Barn has homemade butter, apples, pastries, bread and cider. The staff will be there to help you with any questions you might have. For more information please visit

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