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East Tennessee’s Newest Tourism Trail Offers Wine and Ciders Mixed with Adventure

October 23, 2017 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

A brand new wine and cider trail has opened this fall in Nine Lakes Wine Country of East Tennessee, skirting along 100 miles of the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Where nature and wine entwine, Foothills Wine & Cider Trail features fun and adventure along the way. Visitors can take a walk on America’s longest swinging bridge or soar down the highest zip line in the Smokies at Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park, home of Wyile Cider Barn. Or experience the peaceful side of the Smokies as you visit Tuckaleechee Caverns or travel the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway. You may want to schedule a couple of days for this great wine and cider trail.

“Just in time to view the beautiful fall leaves, enjoy a trip on the brand new Foothills Wine & Cider Trail. It offers an unmatched view of the Great Smoky Mountains, adventure fun in Sevierville, and of course, delicious Tennessee wines and ciders,” said James R. Riddle, president of the Appalachian Region Wine Producers, which established the trail.

Four wineries and one cider mill have joined together for the cooperative tourism attraction. Participants who visit all five establishments will receive a commemorative wine trail glass, and be entered to win quarterly prizes.

To kick off its opening, Foothills Wine & Cider Trail is offering a Wine Adventure Giveaway, a package of prizes that involve area attractions as well as the trail. The package includes two zip-line passes to Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park, near Wyile Cider Barn in Sevierville, two splash passes from River Rat Rafting Company, which runs whitewater rafting in Hartford near the Pigeon River Winery, and a tubing venue near Cades Cove Winery in Townsend, a $50 Gift Certificate to Flap Jacks, near Mill Bridge Winery in Pigeon Forge, and two passes to The Lost Sea, an underground cavern near Tsali Notch Vineyard in Madisonville, TN.

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“These gifts are really designed to get folks out on Foothills Wine & Cider Trail, and to give them a taste of all that East Tennessee offers for vacations. This is a wonderful place for friends and family to get away, enjoy all the natural beauty of East Tennessee, but also taste some award-winning wines and ciders,” said J.D. Dalton, manager of Tsali Notch Vineyard.

This trail features some of Tennessee’s most awarded wines. Tsali Notch Vineyard’s Hiwassee wine, a dry Muscadine varietal, has won more awards than any other Tennessee wine, including gold and silver medals from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Competition.

The Appalachian Region Wine Producers Association’s mission is to grow the wine industry in East Tennessee. The association was the recipient of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Value Added Producer Grant in 2016. The association has established two wine trails, hosted the first Nine Lakes Wine Festival in May 2017, and has begun the process of establishing East Tennessee’s first American Viticultural Area (AVA).

An AVA is an official grape growing region designated by the US government, and would help establish an identity for Tennessee wines. For more information about Tennessee wines, visit

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