During the Prohibition period, Tennessee was known for its moonshine and bootleg whiskey but at one-point grapes evolved to become a local crop. However, the popularity of wine in the state slowly faded away after the Prohibition and only made a comeback in the late 70s. Today, there are over 150 vineyards and over 40 wineries spread out across Tennessee, producing prize-winning wines from locally matured grapes.
The kids may have gone back to school, and you may have finally got back into a regular work routine but summer isn’t quite over yet, and we think you should capitalize on this beautiful season while it lasts. What better way to do this than by exploring some beautiful vineyards and wineries?
We love the wine culture, which is why we have compiled this short list to help you experience this often-overlooked aspect of The Volunteer State. If you want to enjoy a complete experience, choose our car service in Nashville. We will make sure you will arrive at your destination in style and comfort.
So without further ado, here are some of the best wineries to visit in and around Nashville.
The City Winery in Nashville is the only urban winery in Tennessee. This winery is part of a chain of wineries that has branches in New York, Chicago, and Atlanta. The City Winery also doubles as a concert venue, so you have the opportunity to schedule your visit when an interesting event is set to happen. Tour the winery, which has over 50 taps at your disposal throughout the venue. Wines are also available for purchase by growler or bottle, and each tour comes with a complimentary voucher that secures a free glass of wine on your next visit.
Just 26 miles from the city is another perfect location for the wine lover: the Arrington Vineyards. The Arrington Vineyards opened in 2007 and brought a little taste of Napa Valley to this Nashville countryside. The 90-acre expanse features over 16 acres of vines with an assortment of grapes, which include Vignoles, Chambourcin, Viognier, Vidal blanc, and Corot noir. An old farmhouse on the property was converted into a tasting lodge where you will get to sample a variety of wines from their broad cellar collection. Arrington Vineyards is open to visitors from 11 am to 8 pm on weekdays, and 11 am to 9 pm during weekends.
Natchez Hills Winery
Take a short 1-hour trip South of Nashville to the beautiful Natchez Hills vineyard and winery. The Natchez Hills winery is a 3,000 square foot expanse that occasionally offers live music entertainment and regularly hosts local events. You can choose to sample their assortment of wines in the tasting rooms or enjoy a bottle of your choosing on the balcony admiring the gorgeous vineyards.
If you feel that the 70-mile trip back to Nashville is a bit too far after your tour, there is a bed and breakfast down the street that comes with a complimentary tasting at the vineyards. The Natchez Hills winery is open to day-time guests from 11 am-7 pm.