Drink Up! Plan a Spring Visit to the Smokies’ Best Wineries, Distilleries, and Breweries

Your first thought when you think of the Smoky Mountains is probably the amazing panoramas, waterfalls, and hiking, but in recent years, it has become host to a variety of great places to drink. There are now a number of distilleries in the Smokies, while several new Smoky Mountain wineries have joined the list. With a brewery as well, there are enough options for an entire trip, even before considering hiking in the Smokies, the amusement parks in Pigeon Forge, and shopping and dining in Gatlinburg. Make your base in one of our cabins in Pigeon Forge and cut out the driving while staying in comfort.

Smoky Mountain Wineries Offer Free Tastings

If you are in the mood for something sweet, start with the Rocky Top Wine Trail, which includes five wineries in the Pigeon Forge area. The most well-known is Sugarland Cellars, which offers complimentary wine tasting every day. They combine winemaking with storytelling, naming each of their wines after a different story in Smoky Mountain history.

At the Apple Barn Winery, you can try wine made from apples and flavored with other fruits as well. Each of the five wineries offers free wine tastings, while several of them offer tours of the wine-making process as well. You can even complete the Smoky Mountain wineries wine trail and earn a free gift!

Try Moonshine at Distilleries in the Smokies

If moonshine is more your speed, there are eight distilleries in the Smokies. Ole Smoky Moonshine offers an incredible amount of variety in their moonshine, and they offer whiskey as well. With three locations in the area, you can enjoy the taste of moonshine in a different environment, while stocking up on flavors that include Apple Pie, Blackberry, Chocolate Chili, and many more. There are even moonshine cherries.

Thunder Road Distillery is another popular location, named after the route that smugglers used to move their moonshine in East Tennessee. It offers free tastings of its moonshine and whiskey, but also has a variety of other spirits if you are with someone who is not as keen on distilled liquor. Try out the other distillers in the Smokies as well.

Smoky Mountain Breweries Are on the Rise

For years, the only brewery in town was Smoky Mountain Brewery, which is a great choice for any beer drinker looking to move a little out of their comfort zone. They also have a well-regarded restaurant of American classics. Although the North Carolina side of the Smokies is known for its breweries, it is only in recent years that Gatlinburg joined the scene. It now boasts Gatlinburg Brewing Company and Yee-Haw Brewing as well, giving more options for beer drinkers.

Whatever your choice of drink, making your base camp at one of our cabins in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg will cut down on the driving and you may even be able to walk to several of the locations. It also means you can relax in the hot tub or by the fire after trying the best of Smoky Mountain liquor.