Winery Escapade – The Gatlinburg Weekend

Once again afforded the opportunity to visit Dollywood free of charge by Jenni’s employer, of course we’re making a winery escapade weekend out of it.

Friday afternoon drove a little out of our way to visit Goodwater Vineyards in Mosheim, Tennessee.

Goodwater is a family owned and operated vineyard, with 25 acres under vine. Growing Seyval Blanc, Chardonnay, plus Noble and Magnolia Muscadine.

The Seyval Blanc was light, crisp, and refreshing. We took a bottle back to enjoy at our hotel.

Friday evening after setting in at our Sevierville hotel, we grabbed some dinner at the Applewood Farmhouse Grill. We headed over to the Island in Pigeon Forge.

First we stopped at Bootleggers Homemade Wine.

Then made our way to Ole Smokey Tennessee Moonshine. What a fun place, tastings are $5 but you receive a coupon for $5 off a bottle.. ..which no doubt you will purchase at least one.

Tish was our moonshine server and trust us, she was very entertaining.

Saturday after a late start and a very good breakfast buffet at Reagen’s House of Pancakes. We started our day at Tennessee Legend Moonshine. This was one of the better moonshine distilleries which we’ve visited. The flavored moonshines are exceptionally good.

We then trekked over Hillside Winery which we had visited last year. We last year really enjoyed the Vino Russo and couldn’t pass up bringing another bottle home with us. The labels are also really cool, featuring either a dragonfly or a butterfly.

We spent the rest of Saturday at Dollywood and enjoyed several of the shows.

Except before heading back to the hotel, we ventured over for tasting at Thunder Road Distillery. I was able to check out the shine in one of their tanks.

Sunday we headed over to Gatlinburg before heading home. Despite pour rain, we were able to enjoy tastings at Gatlinburg Wine Cellars, Tennessee Homemade Wines, Sugarland Cellars, and Doc Collier Moonshine. Of interest was the Cotton Candy wine at Gatlinburg Wine Cellars and the Buckeye Moonshine at Doc Collier.

If it’s been awhile since you last visited Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge then we’d highly recommend a visit soon. The wineries and distilleries certainly add to the charm of these mountain tourist towns.


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