Most folks know that Jack Daniel (the oldest registered distillery in the United States) and George Dickel are Tennessee fellows. But it may surprise some that, in addition to distilleries, Tennessee is also home to some award-winning wineries. And we bet you didn’t know we have two well-known rum distilleries as well. Take a tour of Prichard’s Distillery in Kelso, and then pay a visit to Corsair Distillery in Nashville.
You might be surprised by the variety and quality of Tennessee’s wines. For a sample of prize-winning Sangiovese and Cayuga wines, visit Grinder’s Switch Winery in Centerville. Holly Ridge Winery in Livingston has award-winning American and French hybrid cultivars among its 30 wine choices. Take a tour of the vineyard, observe the winemaking process, and experience the range and aromas to find what suits your palate at Amber Falls Winery & Cellars. Sample the winning wines at Arrington Vineyards, south of Nashville, and stay for Music in the Vines every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Visitors can also find some pretty good beers brewed right here in Tennessee at a variety of microbreweries and brew pubs. Microbrew lovers rave about the Hellas lager brewed by Calhoun’s Microbrewery in Knoxville. Another Knoxville favorite is Downtown Grill and Brewery. Yazoo Brewing Company has a staunchly loyal following. Visit the Yazoo taproom in downtown Nashville. Big River Grille & Brewery, with locations in Chattanooga and Nashville, offers award-winning lagers and ales. In Memphis, try Ghost River Brewing, a supporter of the Wolf River Conservancy.
Good-tasting Tennessee specialties don’t stop at food. We’re certainly known for our whiskeys. But be sure to sample some of the finest products at our wineries and breweries as well.