You don’t have to go to Napa Valley to have an authentic wine tasting experience. Just look around the corner to one of these local wineries! We’ve gathered up the best in local vino for your next date night, day trip or romantic weekend getaway.
11848 Highway 41, Guild, TN 37340
Just 20 minutes west of downtown Chattanooga is Lookout Winery, the perfect place to take in views of three states and the beautiful Tennessee River while enjoying wine and wood-fired pizza. Yum! The owner of this local staple learned winemaking from his Italian-born grandfather and the art of making pizza from his grandmother. Now Chattanooga can enjoy the rich history of Italian winemaking right here at home. Try the tasting bar with 16 different wines to choose from with tasting prices ranging from $4.50 to $12. Plus if you find two bottles you want to take home, the tasting is free! For more information, visit lookoutwinery.com.
6469 Battlefield Pkwy, Ringgold, GA 30736
Did you know there was a winery just around the corner in Ringgold? Family-owned Georgia Winery began producing wine in the early 80s and has been innovating and perfecting the process since then to give Chattanooga and North Georgia the delicious wines they’ve come to know and love. Check out their selection of more than 20 wines—ranging from dry to sweet and light to full-bodied—in their tasting room. Georgia Winery offers five complimentary wine tastings and five premium tastings for $3, and for an additional $2 you can purchase a cheese sampler plate. Also don’t miss their many fun monthly events like Paint & Sip parties, Ladies Night Out or Music in the Lounge. For more information, visit georgiawines.com.
Morris Vineyard & Tennessee Mountain Winery
346 Union Grove Rd NE, Charleston, TN 37310
This family owned and operated vineyard is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains just about an hour from downtown Chattanooga. Morris Vineyard grows more than 28 varieties of muscadines, along with grapes, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries—making picking season (around mid-May to October) an amazing time for families to spend a day handpicking their own. In warmer months, grab a glass of wine and sit out on the patio or under the pavilion and enjoy the views. Tennessee residents, it you find a Tennessee Mountain Wine that you love, they’ll ship it to your door! For more information, visit morrisvineyard.com/index.php.
Tsali Notch Vineyard
140 Harrison Road, Madisonville, TN
Named after an historic Cherokee leader, Tsali Notch Vineyard might win the award for the most scenic looking vineyard near Chattanooga. Head up I-75 for an hour and make your way to Monroe County to find this incredible 202-acre estate ringed by sweeping mountain views. Tsali Notch is Tennessee’s largest muscadine vineyard and features a tasting room open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. You can also call to schedule a private tasting/tour by appointment. Plus - don’t miss the National Muscadine Festival held at Tsali Notch every September! For more information, visit tsalinotch.com.
Beans Creek Winery
26 Ragsdale Rd, Manchester, TN 37355
Located just over an hour outside of Chattanooga, Beans Creek Winery is home to the Grape Jam Music Series featuring love music, barbecue and family-friendly fun. This family-owned winery uses mostly Tennessee-grown grapes to make its many award-winning wines. Boasting more than 200 medals in over a decade of wine tasting competitions, at this winery you can find top notch choices no matter what your wine preference. For more information, visit beanscreekwinery.com.