While you may only know of the recent entries into the wine market from Tennessee, the wine industry actually goes back to the 1800s. When prohibition wiped out the wine making industry in Tennessee, it took decades for the unique flavors of Tennessee wine to make a comeback. In the 1980s, Tennessee wineries began to produce varieties that captured the attention of the rest of the country.
Today, there are over twenty five wineries in the state producing wine for commercial consumption. The wineries are open for tastings and special events throughout the year for serious wine lovers to visit and enjoy.
The Clinch Mountain Winery offers visitors a chance to sample wines made from only Tennessee grown grapes. The winery uses six grape varieties to produce the over twenty wine varieties for visitors to enjoy. The winery is family owned and operated with a unique selection of wines available.
Countryside Vineyards and Winery has nationally recognized varieties of wines and is open all year to the public for tastings. It is located in a stunningly beautiful area of the state at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains. Countryside Winery offers a sampling of the fruit wines common in the region such as blackberry and strawberry wines.
Those looking for award winning Tennessee or southern wines should take a trip to Holly Ridge Winery and Vineyard. Visitors will find a selection of grape wines along with southern fruit wines.
Strikers’ Premium Winery
480 County Rd 172
Athens, TN 37303