Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime experience! Enjoy a wine, food and hot air balloon themed afternoon at Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Fest. Enjoy tented seating with optimal balloon views and a complimentary glass of three local wines. Your wine will be served in a commemorative crystal still and sparkling wine glass. It will be paired with three food themes featuring local meats, cheeses, and ice cream. Need to learn more? Check out the details of our elevated experience below!
In addition to wines, there will be a beverage station with peach tea, lemon basil water, pink lemonade, cucumber mint water, coffee and hot spiced cider. Your ticket includes a tethered balloon ride (weather permitting), additional wine tasting in the Nine Lakes Wine Garden, and reserved parking near the Elevated Experience tents (a separate parking pass is required- must be purchased separately). A limited number of tickets are available.
Your favorite wineries from Nine Lakes Wine Country are providing a complimentary glass of their very best wines to pare with each of the Elevated Experience food themes.
The Mediterranean Display will include favorites such as a charcuterie board with local smoked & cured meats, local cheese wedges, infused honey and jams, crackers and crostini, olives, fresh fruit, goat cheese stuffed dates, fried cheese curds and chocolate dipped bacon.
Brut Bubbly – The Winery Seven Springs Farm
Made with 100% Chardonnay grapes, this unique creation combines the lightness and sophistication of a sparkling wine with the rich flavor and casual elegance of Chardonnay. Enjoy aromas of tropical fruits complemented by clean acidity and the slight sweetness of apple and lemon.
Heritage Red – The Winery Seven Springs Farm
The newest wine in our Heritage Series is made with Barbera grapes and has notes of oak, pepper, strawberry and cherry. It is light in tannin and high in acidity making it taste almost juicy.
Riesling – The Winery Seven Springs Farm
This semi-dry wine has fresh and pleasing aromas of green apples, honeysuckle flowers and white peaches. It is very fruit forward, refreshing and incredibly smooth.
Firefly – Cades Cove Cellars
An excellent wine made with Niagara grapes and blended with just a touch of real blackberries. A great choice for those who love Moscato!
The Farm to Table Display will include favorites such as watermelon, feta, basil skewers, petit bar-b-q sammies, cheddar biscuits with Benton’s Ham, apple salad with maple vinaigrette, cornbread salad, roasted butternut squash, pimento cheese with tomato jam, jalapeño puppies, shrimp & grit cakes, and peach salsa & chips.
The Farm to Table Display
Vineyard Blush – The Winery Seven Springs Farm
Estate grown Catawba grapes are featured in this fun, semi-sweet sensation. Flavors of ruby red grapefruit are sure to please any palate and leave you wanting more especially when paired with grilled pork chops.
Abrams Falls – Cades Cove Cellars
A light and delicate dry wine similar to Pinot Grigio. Made from local Seyval grapes and is a wonderful choice to accompany hors d’oeuvres, pasta, salads and cheese.
Semi-Sweet White Muscadine – Cades Cove Cellars
A non traditional version of our very popular dessert wine. All the health benefits with just the right amount of sweetness.
Red Muscadine – The Winery Seven Springs Farm
This delicious wine was fermented on the red skins to extract the color and even more Muscadine taste. It pairs well with everything from spicy curry dishes to pineapple upside down cake and tastes amazing in your favorite slushie mix.
While you settle in to watch the Balloon Glow you can enjoy a local sparkling wine with a Desserts Display that may include such favorites as ice cream: salted caramel with mini chocolate chips, toffee & pecans, blood orange sorbet with mint sprig, petit dessert tray with brownies, petit fours, strawberries & pecan tarts, mini Ball Jar with banana pudding, peach cobbler, pumpkin parfait & chocolate fudge cake and New York petit cheesecake with wine reduction sauce & fresh blackberries.
Muscadine Mist – Hillside Winery
Tennessee Governors Cup
The official flavor of the south made into a fantastic and sweet bubbly wine. Using muscadines grapes grown in Monroe County Tennessee, this sparkling sweet wine is a perennial favorite.
James’s Peach – The Winery at Seven Springs Farm
Capture the taste of summer all year long with our James’s Peach wine. Bursting with peach flavor, it will tickle your taste buds and bring back memories of fresh summer peaches. This wine is the favorite of my father, James, and he is sure it will soon be yours!
Pink Bubbly – The Winery at Seven Springs Farm
Best in Tennessee
Savor our sweet pink sparkling sensation. This effervescent rosé wine is made with our estate grown Catawba and Concord grapes. Every day is a celebration worthy of a little bubbly! In 2o17 it won the William O. Beach award for best wine made with Tennessee grapes.
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