From moonshine to fine wines to micro-brewed craft beers (and everything in between), chances are, there’s a glass awaiting you in the Smoky Mountains. We’ve compiled a list of local breweries, distilleries, and wineries to make your vacation planning a little easier.
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Bootleggers Homemade Wine
Bootleggers Homemade Wine began with two country winemakers who just happen to be sisters. To create the finest homegrown Appalachian wines, they start from scratch using the best fruit and the same small-batch recipes folks in these parts perfected long ago. There are no machines or fancy equipment, just the stuff you’d find in kitchens throughout the South. They even bottle each batch by hand. It ain’t California or France — just great homemade wine — and when you pop open a bottle you’ll surely know it came from the mountains!
Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery
Along with tasting some of the finest moonshine in Tennessee, you can see some of the equipment that William “Doc” Collier and his family have used for generations to make their moonshine up in the mountains. Doc’s Shine Shop is set up just like an old-fashioned country Mercantile Store, like the one his daddy first sold ‘shine.
Gatlinburg Wine Cellar
Home of the famous Cotton Candy Wine, Gatlinburg Wine Cellar opened its doors in 2017. They offer free tastings of locally made wines.
702 Parkway Drive
Goodwater Winery Gatlinburg
Family owned and operated winery with 30 acres of vineyards. Retail location located in downtown Gatlinburg.
Little Bear Winery
Located in the heart of Downtown across from The Village. Little Bear Winery offers don’t-miss wines that are vibrant, fun, and – most importantly – delicious.
Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse
Ole Smoky Whiskey is a White Oak barrel-aged whiskey which is a true American authentic experience. After four years, they have carefully hand-picked their barrels based on taste and color. While visiting the distillery, they offer free tours, $5 tastings, and a retail experience for family and friends to enjoy!
Ole Smoky Distillery
The Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery is America’s most visited distillery and produces all of their signature flavors. A visit to Ole Smoky Distillery is the true moonshine experience. As you approach the entrance, the distinct smell of cooking and fermenting grains takes over your senses. You’ll see authentic-working moonshine stills and take in the entire process – from beginning to end. Their distillers like to visit with folks. They’ll be glad to answer your questions about the history and lore of moonshining in East Tennessee. After you see, smell, and hear about the process, treat yourself to $5 samplings of their homegrown shine!
Smoky Mountain Brewery
Described as a cross between a ski lodge and a Bavarian beer hall, the Smoky Mountain Brewery features an enclosed deck overlooking Calhoun’s Village with the Smoky Mountains in the background. Popular with hikers, skiers and snowboarders, the Brewery is a great place to take a break from any activity in the Smokies. Great food, micro-brewed beer, TV’s and nightly entertainment make this one of Gatlinburg’s favorite places to eat and entertain.
Smoky Mountain Winery
A taste of the winemaster’s finest art awaits you at the Oldest Winery in East Tennessee. Mention fine wines to anyone who has ever traveled to the Great Smoky Mountains and they will tell you about the Smoky Mountain Winery. Since opening their doors, they have produced wines that have received hundreds of regional, national, and international awards. Their dedication to making great wine and customer satisfaction has been, and continues to be, the driving force behind their efforts at the Smoky Mountain Winery. Enjoy a FREE taste from selections of over 20 award-winning wines available in the tasting room. Also, the Winery Gift Shop offers a unique and interesting shopping experience.
Sugarland Cellars Winery
450 Cherry St Ste 2
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Tucked into the Great Smoky Mountains, there’s a barn house Sugarlands Distillery calls home. Sample their award-winning spirits, enjoy delicious Sugarlands Cocktails, and take a behind the scenes tour of their still house.
Tennessee Cider Company
Conveniently located on the parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, make sure you stop in for some free sips and take away a growler of your favorite.
Tennessee Homemade Wines
The founders of Tennessee Homemade Wines are local Gatlinburg folk, rooted in the deep family tradition of Tennessee sweet wine. They use local fruits, local craftsmen, and local hospitality to make and sell the best sweet wine around. They are there to help! Need advice on picking out the perfect wine for you? Send them an email and they’ll help you choose the perfect one, hand-selected just for you.
Junction 35 Spirits
Straight from the hills of The Smoky Mountains, Junction 35 Spirits is bringing a long time family tradition to the public. Their local history of making and running spirits diverging with their Master Distiller has brought together a taste like no other. Just like the railroad, Junction 35 Spirits will deliver the very best products nationwide.
At Junction 35 Spirits, their mission is to deliver high quality and unique spirits while providing a fun, friendly atmosphere that keeps guests returning. Their vision for old meeting new has resulted in the creation of multiple spirits hitting the shelves at their Distillery in Pigeon Forge Tennessee and Nationwide. They offer a variety of premium liquors to appeal to everyone with Junction 35 Moonshine, Junction 35 Vodka, Junction 35 Rum, Junction 35 Gin, and Junction 35 Whiskey.
2655 Teaster Lane Suite 280
Mill Bridge Winery
Mill Bridge Winery is the destination in Pigeon Forge for authentic Tennessee wine and Hard Cider! Enjoy a tasting at your leisure on their porch. The quaint tasting bar and patio porch are perfect for a relaxing break from all there is to see in Pigeon Forge! Join them for a wine tasting and maybe even sample some of the specialty cheese or hard cider on site as well!
3331 S River Road
Mountain Vallery Vineyards
Not only is Mountain Valley one of the oldest wineries in the state, it also features some of the most unique wines in the country! Since 1991, Mountain Valley Winery has produced over 200 exclusive wines garnering more than 1,000 medals from various competitions. Mountain Valley specializes in sweet, fruit wines with popular options including Watermelon, Rhubarb, and Red Velvet — the wine that tastes just like a slice of cake! Visit between the hours of noon and 5pm to enjoy a personal tour of the winemaking area on site. Discover YOUR new favorite wine at Mountain Valley Winery!
Old Forge Distillery
Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Old Forge Distillery hand forges small-batch spirits including award-winning moonshines, cream liqueurs, bourbon, gin, vodka and its newly released Rock & Rye line – a high proof pre-prohibition favorite. Located in the heart of the historic Old Mill Square in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Old Forge crafts spirits using stone-ground grains from The Old Mill, one of the oldest continually operated gristmills in America. Visit Old Forge Distillery for free samples to experience a taste of Tennessee or let their bartender forge you an artisan cocktail at the distillery cocktail bar. Old Forge Distillery, located at 170 Old Mill Ave, Pigeon Forge, TN, is a proud member of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. Stop by their tasting bar for free samples or enjoy a handcrafted cocktail in our cocktail bar.
170 Old Mill Avenue
Ole Smoky Moonshine Barn
The Ole Smoky Moonshine Barn is located at the Island in Pigeon Forge, TN, and produces all of their signature flavors. The location has approximately 6,000 square feet of public space, half the size of The Holler – America’s most visited distillery – with an adjacent onsite still and tasting area that creates a more intimate experience. Built on an open corner with abundant glass frontage, the Barn benefits from 180 degrees of natural light and a slightly contemporary feel, while echoing the design of the original Holler through the use of reclaimed local barn wood and similar finishes, fixtures, artwork, and other elements. Moonshine made at the Barn is jarred, labeled, and sold onsite. In addition, the Pigeon Forge venue has a dedicated outdoor stage featuring daily live bluegrass music.
131 The Island Drive
Tennessee Shine Company
At Tennessee Shine Company, the focus is on bottling the best instead of the most. That’s why you’ll only find small-batch moonshine and whiskey with their labels. Passed down through generations, their Smoky Mountain recipes stay true to the signature flavors and seasonal blends their families are known for. Pair that with the down-home, friendly atmosphere, and you’ll understand what sets the distillery apart from the rest.
3534 Teaster Lane
Apple Barn Winery
Located on the banks of the Little Pigeon River, the Apple Barn Winery offers a unique twist on wine. Handcrafted in small lots on the farm to provide each customer with the best possible wine from local fruit. Open daily for tastings and sales. Visit the winery to experience a true farm winery, located right in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains! The winery makes apple-based wines ranging from dry to dessert style; popular varieties include Apple Raspberry, Apple Strawberry, Applewood White, and simply Apple. They also produce traditional wines including Merlot and Cabernet.
220 Apple Valley Rd
D&S Distilling Company
D&S Distilling Company is committed to only producing high quality, limited production spirits that consumers will want to drink. As part of that commitment, they have a 17-gallon recipe still to allow for the testing and perfecting of recipes before putting them in a larger production. They’re also committed to being a ‘made-from-scratch’ distillery. They source the raw ingredients necessary for the recipes and distill each of their products in-house. D&S Distilling Company believes their process, ingredients, and recipes result in delicious organic spirits you can enjoy over and over.
1610 Jenkins Road
At Hillside Winery, they specialize in Italian style and bubbly wines all made on-site! Free wine tastings are offered daily and tours of the facility run from noon until 5:00 pm. Their more popular wines include Pinot Grigio, Hillside Spumante, and our famous Black & Blue. Wine Tasting is always free to those 21 years and older. Free tours of the wine-making area are offered from noon until 5:00 pm. They are a member of the Rocky Top Wine Trail, so don’t forget to ask for your Passport.
229 Collier Dr
King’s Family Distillery
King’s Family Distillery, nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains just outside Pigeon Forge, is the area’s premier distillery and features a diverse lineup of award-winning whiskeys, vodkas, and liqueurs. Husband and wife team Justin and Cara King realized their dream of creating a one-of-a-kind and top-of-the-line spirits brand in 2018 and haven’t looked back. Both Justin and Cara have over a decade of experience in several areas of the whiskey industry. When it comes to fine spirits and alcohol, the Kings rely on the wealth of knowledge each has gained through education and experience, marrying the science of distillation with the art of finishing whiskey. What makes the Kings’ products stand out among their peers? Attention to detail, a knack for innovation, and a passion for whiskey.
1440 Upper Middle Creek Road
Old Tennessee Distilling Co.
Old Tennessee Distilling Co…Where standing up for what’s right is more important than what’s legal. It’s a brotherhood formed on these back roads by whiskey runners doing what they had to in order to feed their families. It’s a spirit that’s still alive at Old Tennessee, where they make some of the best whiskey in these hills. Drop by for a free tasting or a $5 cocktail.
3605 Outdoor Sportsman Pl
Sevier Distilling Company
It’s about the journey of corn, honey, agave, malted grains, sorghum, and the distilling process coming together to weave a story of Appalachian tradition. It’s an education about the rich history and culture of East Tennessee. It’s a family legacy dating back to the very first settlers in the Great Smoky Mountains, and fathers who left stills and recipes to their sons. Sevier Distilling is the story of a tradition being passed from generation to generation, and the promise that each and every drop of what goes into their jars have been prepared and distilled by master craftsmen who know the art and science of distilling backward and forward. Sevier Distilling Company is not just another distillery. It’s a new set of standards for spirits.
745 Old Douglas Dam Rd.
Smith Creek Distillery
Smith Creek Moonshine is an exciting moonshine-tasting destination and popular retail attraction featured at Tanger Outlets in Pigeon Forge, TN. This location includes a full moonshine tasting bar for guests to sample twelve different flavors of premium moonshine, and a retail store where guests can purchase bottled shines, apparel, jams, sauces, dry rubs, and more. Smith Creek Moonshine offers 12 unique, handcrafted flavors, including Straight White Lightnin’, Apple Pie, Salted Caramel, Cinnamon, Peach, Sweet Tea, Coffee, Chocolate Silk, and more; and the tasting allows you to decide which is your favorite flavor before heading home with a bottle or two. Whether you love moonshine or are just trying it out for the first time, stop in for a great time at Smith Creek Moonshine.
1645 Parkway #1090
Tennessee Legend Distillery
Growing up in the Smoky Mountains, they spent our whole lives hearing stories — stories of life on the farm, historic icons, and most importantly, legendary figures, from wild creatures wandering the woods to the moonshiners who’ve brought so much attention to this area. They always knew we wanted to be legends in their own right, and hope that’s what they’ll be able to do at Tennessee Legend Distillery. Their spirits, shines, whiskeys, and Tennessee sipping creams are skillfully prepared, full of bold mountain flavor, and you guessed it — they make for some great stories. They’re truly the stuff of Tennessee legends, and they’re proud we get to share them with you.
2874 Newport Hwy
Tennessee XXX Moonshine
Their moonshine is handcrafted in small-batch blends to separate our moonshine from all the others. Passed down through the generations, they have maintained their authentic signature flavors, unique specialty flavors, and their Smoky Mountain seasonal blends.
3303 Wears Valley Rd
Cades Cove Cellars
Cades Cove Cellars was founded by two generations of the Birkholz and Reed families. Jerry Reed has been a vintner and winemaker since 1984, and his daughter Cameran grew up working in the industry. In addition to her law degree, Cameran also attended UC Davis and received her winemaking certification in 2010. Cameran’s brother-in-law John Birkholz has been working as a cellar master for 12 years and now is both cellar master and assistant winemaker. John’s father and Cameran’s father-in-law Bill Birkholz serves as the president of the company and is also frequently involved in public relations within the close-knit community of Townsend. With a combined winemaking experience of 80 years, they constantly strive to capture the rustic elegance that surrounds them in every drop of wine they make. Whether it is in the grace of a white-tailed deer or the majesty of a bald eagle, we find inspiration all around us for a process that is as much art as it is science. They chose the name Cades Cove Cellars because they are not only passionate about the award-winning wines we create, but also because of the spirited connection to the beautiful area in which they work, live, and play.
7126 East Lamar Alexander Parkway
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