Beautiful Gatlinburg, TN, is home to the popular Smoky Mountain Wine Fest. This gathering of wineries and vintners allows participants to sample a wide variety of Tennessee wines and gourmet finger foods from local restaurants. The opportunity to sample local wines and cuisine is an annual affair; in 2016, this event will take place at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts on Saturday, April 9 from 1 p.m until 6 p.m. A portion of the proceeds benefits the school’s educational art programs for youth and adults.
Tennessee Wine Country
An event of the Tennessee Wineries Association, the Smoky Mountain Wine Fest includes more than 18 wineries located across the state of Tennessee who will be showcasing and pouring their wines for your enjoyment. Tennessee’s moderate climate is home to many thriving grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Zinfandel. Thriving grapes produce beautiful, complex wines and Tennessee is home to some of the best wineries in the country.
Presentations and Pairings
Presentations including wine talks and food demonstrations will be included in the festival as well, and you will have the opportunity to speak to many local vintners, sommeliers and chefs. The attributes and flavors of the varieties of wine will be discussed and ideal food pairings will be recommended and considered. If you are in the process of planning a dinner party, wedding or another event, the Smoky Mountain Wine Fest is the ideal place to gain knowledge, taste wines and determine ideal menu and local wine selections that will delight your guests.
The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts’ charming central location in Gatlinburg is located near many shopping opportunities, fine cuisine, art galleries and craft studios along with local accommodations for your stay in Gatlinburg. Sampling Tennessee wines is just the start of exploring the beautiful city and all that the state of Tennessee has to offer.
Smoky Mountain Wine Fest Tickets
Guests over the age of 21 are invited to attend the Smoky Mountain Wine Fest, with tickets available for $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The Arrowmount School of Arts and Crafts is located at 556 Parkway in the heart of Gatlinburg. A wristband will be provided for sampling along with a branded wine glass for your use. Those with a wristband will receive one-ounce tasting samples, and will also be able to purchase bottles of wine along with other merchandise.