Gatlinburg’s Popular Wine Festival Expands with New Experiences

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend presented by Courtyard by Marriott continues as one of the area’s most popular spring celebrations, adding countless new and favorite ways that wine and food lovers can savor Tennessee wineries. Sanctioned by the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance, the two-day event begins Friday evening, April 13, with the Gatlinburg Wine Tour and continues into Saturday, April 14, with Smoky Mountain Winefest.

“Whether you need a getaway with friends or just a fun weekend in the mountains, Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend gives visitors the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Gatlinburg and the best of Tennessee’s wineries,” said Marci Claude, Public Relations Manager for the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We’re excited to host a number of new wine and food vendors this year. Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend continues to be a top-of-the-mind spring event and we look forward to having attendees, local residents and Gatlinburg’s wine industry professionals benefit from its growth and success.”

The Gatlinburg Wine Tour provides an exclusive journey through Gatlinburg’s finest wineries. In this currently sold out event, guests enjoy a customized tour, premium food and beverage offerings and more. Held on the historic grounds of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Smoky Mountain Winefest takes place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and features over 30+ wine and food vendors offering the best in local cuisine and wine. New this year, the festival’s first ever VIP Pass will be available for purchase, offering exclusive tasting experiences, including entry to VIP hospitality room, a special blending session and one-of-a-kind commemorative wine glass.

Guests at Smoky Mountain Winefest will have the chance to enjoy samples from the following vendors:

Wine: Amber Falls Winery, Apple Barn Winery, Beans Creek Winery, Cades Cove Winery, DelMonaco Winery & Vineyard, Goodwater Vineyard, Grinder’s Switch Winery, Highland Manor Winery, Hillside Winery, Holly Ridge Winery, Keg Springs Winery, Mill Bridge Winery, Mountain Valley Winery, Natchez Hills Winery, Paris Winery, Spout Springs Winery, Stonehaus Winery, Sugarland Cellars, Sumner Crest Winery, Tennessee Homemade Wines, Trazo Meadery.

Food: Alvin’s Kitchen, Anakeesta, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa, Ober Gatlinburg, Proof of the Pudding, The Park Grill, The Vista Grill, Savannah Bee Company, Willa’s Shortbread, Zi Olive.

Participants must be at least 21-years-old. Tickets can be purchased for $25 in advance and $30 at door. For more information on Gatlinburg and its upcoming events, visit www.Gatlinburg.com/to-do/events.