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On my last visit to the Smoky Mountains (I could have sworn I wrote about it but guess I didn’t) my husband and I visited several wineries in the area. Advertised as the Smokey Mountain Wine Trail guests can visit several wineries and tour their facilities.
While you’re there, guests can enjoy the unique variety and flavor of some of their most popular flavors. One that comes to mine is Mountain Valley Winery which is in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Mountain Valley Winery is conveniently located off parkway and a perfect stop in route to your hotel or other attractions in the area.
If you are familiar with the Smoky Mountain area you know there are quite a few!
First up, Old Forge Distillery which is brand new to the area. Don’t let the location fool you, Old Forge Distillery is an extension of the Old Mill Square. The Old Mill was founded by William Love over 200 years ago. The mill over 200 years ago was created for grinding grains which is the foundation to creating distilled spirits.
Nine different varieties of moonshine are available including blackberry (my personal favorite), french toast, peach, coffee and their original (clear is what I call it) are inspired by by recipes from the Old Mill Kitchens.
Who doesn’t love a behind the scenes tour of moonshine production? That’s what you’ll get at the Sugarlands Distilling Company located in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee and opened in March 2014. This location offers free samples of authentic Sugarlands Shine, tours and live music.
Eleven varieties of moonshine are available Peanut Butter and Jelly 70 proof, Old Fashioned Lemonade 40 proof and Southern Sweet Tea 40 proof. Don’t be fooled by the Southern Sweet Tea flavor, sit on the back porch for awhile and it will hit you like a ton of bricks.
Pictured above: I can not for the life of me remember the name of this location. I thought it was Bootleggers but all of my pictures say ‘Homemade Wine” only which can pretty much be anyone including my neighbors ( I love those people lol) across the street.
While you’re in Gatlinburg, you can find additional moonshine tastings and wine tastings along the main strip. Pro Tip: Take the trolley and visit Gatlinburg’s Distillery Trail on Parkway (including Doc Collier Moonshine & Davy Crockett’s Distillery) and ride it back to your hotel. You’ll thank me later!
A staple to any Smoky Mountain vacation is Ole Smoky® Moonshine which is located in Gatlinburg and newly opened Pigeon Forge location at tTe Island. Ole Smoky Moonshine has over 20 varieties including what I like to call “the worst cough medicine EVER” or as they call it Blue Flame. If that doesn’t make all your pain go away, I don’t know what will!
The Moonshine tastings are a lot of fun but the product they create here at Ole Smoky Moonshine are very unique! Pick up some Ole Smoky Moonshine Peaches (that would be some cobbler, right?) or get festive with Ole Smoky Shine Nog. If you’re in the area, this distillery is a definite must-see.