While Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains may be most famous for their moonshine, the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area is also home to a number of spectacular wineries. If you’re in town for a couple’s escape or a getaway with your friends, trying some of the local wines at a Gatlinburg winery or Pigeon Forge winery can be a lot of fun. Best of all, the wineries in Sevier County offer tastings that are completely free!
To help you make the most of your next vacation, Timber Tops Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to some of the incredible wineries in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. Please note that wineries # 5 – 8 on the list below are part of the Rocky Top Wine Trail. When you get your official Wine Trail Passport stamped at each location, you’ll get a few free gifts to take home!
1. Tennessee Homemade Wines
Located in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee Homemade Wines claims to be the most visited winery in the state. This hugely popular Gatlinburg winery uses a hundred-year-old family recipe to produce around a dozen varieties of superb wine. Tennessee Homemade Wines specializes in sweet wines made from locally grown fruits and berries. Some of the most-buzzed-about wines at the shop include the White Knuckle Grape, Blackberry, and Niagara.
2. Smoky Mountain Winery
Smoky Mountain Winery is the oldest winery in East Tennessee! Over the decades, this legendary winery has won hundreds of regional, national, and even international awards. Guests at Smoky Mountain Winery will find more than 20 wines to choose from, including Raspberry, Peach, and Muscadine. When you visit Winery Square, we suggest walking over to Smoky Mountain Farms Jelly House, which offers free samples of numerous jams, jellies, and butters.
3. Bootleggers Homemade Wine
Bootleggers Homemade Wine is another one of the best wineries in Gatlinburg. Founded by two sisters, Bootleggers makes their Appalachian wines the old-fashioned way, without any special machines or high-tech equipment. These delicious small-batch wines come in a number of unique varieties, including Strawberry, Redneck Reserve Dessert Wine, and White Table Wine. This Gatlinburg winery also has its own shop at The Island in Pigeon Forge.
4. Gatlinburg Wine Cellar
Gatlinburg Wine Cellar is located in the heart of Gatlinburg. It first opened its doors for business in 2017, and since then has offered free tastings to both visitors and locals. They are right at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so you can stop by after a day exploring everything the park has to offer. Enjoy locally made wines like their special Apple Pie and Birthday Cake flavors, and you can even purchase a bottle to take with you!
5. Little Bear Winery
This is the newest winery in Gatlinburg! Little Bear Winery opened in 2019 and offers free tastings daily. It’s located right on the Parkway, so you won’t have any trouble finding it. When you’re there, be sure to try a crowd-favorite, their two-berries wine. This wine is made with the perfect blend of blueberries and blackberries, as well as rhubarb wine. Little Bear Winery is part of the Gatlinburg Wine Trail, which includes 7 different Gatlinburg wineries. You can sample wine at each of the spots along the trail for free.
6. Sugarland Cellars Winery
Sugarland Cellars is one of the most popular stops along the Rocky Top Wine Trail. This winery likes to share Gatlinburg’s rich history through its wine. Each bottle includes a story about the Smoky Mountains printed on the label. For instance, the 1802 Century Red is named after the year that Gatlinburg’s first Euro-American settlers arrived and includes the history of the William Ogle Cabin.
7. Mill Bridge Winery
Mill Bridge Winery is located steps away from The Old Mill, one of the most iconic destinations in the Smoky Mountains. This excellent Pigeon Forge winery offers a great selection of sweet wines, semi-sweet wines, seasonal wines, and hard cider. Guests at Mill Bridge can enjoy their wine or cider on the winery’s scenic patio, which overlooks the Little Pigeon River.
8. Mountain Valley Vineyards
Mountain Valley Vineyards specializes mainly in French and German style wines. Some of the vintages at the winery are made from grapes that are grown at an East Tennessee vineyard near the Smokies. In addition to free tastings, this Pigeon Forge winery also offers great tours where you can see the barrel room, watch the wines being bottled, and chat with the winemakers.
9. Apple Barn Winery
Situated steps away from the famous Apple Barn Cider Mill & General Store, the Apple Barn Winery is well known for its apple-based wines. All of the apples for the wine are grown onsite at the Apple Barn’s very own orchard. Some of the most popular wines at the Apple Barn Winery include the Apple-Raspberry, Apple-Pomegranate, and the Apple-Peach. This wonderful winery is also steps away from two fantastic restaurants, a candy shop, a creamery, and a Christmas-themed shop.
10. Hillside Winery
At Hillside Winery, the focus is on Italian style and sparkling wines. Around 80% of the fruit for Hillside’s wines comes from Tennessee farms, mostly within a hundred miles of the Smoky Mountains. This winery near Pigeon Forge offers fun tours of its facility where guests can check out the champagne tanks and learn all about the winemaking process.
Where to Stay When You Visit a Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge Winery
When you stay with Timber Tops Cabin Rentals, you will be just a short drive from all of these amazing wineries in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 15 bedroom cabins, we are guaranteed to have the perfect accommodations for your vacation. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of cabins in Gatlinburg!