Wine Garden Experience

Sit back and relax as the sun sets and the hot air balloons glow with a glass of East Tennessee wine in the Nine Lakes Wine Country Wine Garden sponsored by the Appalachian Region Wine Producers Association.

About Our Sponsor

The Wine Garden at Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Festival is sponsored by the Appalachian Region Wine Producers Association, a Tennessee Not-For-Profit Trade Association, formed in 2015 to promote the common interest of its members in the grape and wine industry in the Nine Lakes Region of East Tennessee.

We call it Nine Lakes, for the nine lakes surrounding Knoxville, TN.

Explore our beautiful lakes. Enjoy scenic wine trails. Listen to the story of our award winning winemakers. The Knoxville region is Tennessee Wine Country. 

Here you’ll enjoy relaxing scenic drives as you explore our wine trails, each offering a unique style, from quiet spots in the country, to bustling tasting rooms in the middle of cities. We know you will find a Tennessee wine you’ll love! 

Welcome to Nine Lakes, the place we call home.

East TN Wine Trails

Here you’ll enjoy relaxing scenic drives as you explore our wine trails, each offering a unique style, from quiet spots in the country, to bustling tasting rooms in the middle of cities. We know you will find a Tennessee wine you’ll love!

Welcome to Nine Lakes, the place we call home.

East of Knoxville | Great Smoky Mountains

Where Nature and Wine Entwine. Come join us on the Foothills Wine and Cider Trail through mountains of beautiful scenery. There are so many things to see and do on the trail that you are sure to enjoy. Take a walk on America’s longest swinging bridge or zip line over the river. There are award winning wines and ciders, festivals and gorgeous vineyards. Also there is always something for everyone in Pigeon Forge. Go and see the breathtaking Tuckaleechee Caverns or the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway. Don’t forget the things to do at the wineries and cideries like fun at Foxfire Mountain Adventure, listening to live music or sipping wine on the patio overlooking the river. You may want to schedule two to three days for this great tour.

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North of Knoxville | East Tennessee

A Love of Place. The Great Valley Wine Trail of East Tennessee offers four wineries with distinct tasting experiences. Two are family farms, keeping alive a rich tradition of Tennessee agriculture. Two of them offer beautiful wedding venues. And one of them is in the midst of all the fun and adventure of Sevierville. All of them have relaxing porches and beautiful views! Allow two days to travel this wine trail.

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Cumberland Plateau

Travel Tennessee’s beautiful Upper Cumberland back roads, enjoying spectacular views, visiting small historic towns, and finding our wineries as you meander through our region.

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Sevierville | Gatlinburg

Make the Rocky Top Wine Trail part of your Smoky Mountain Vacation experience. Welcome to Smoky Mountain Wine Country! While here take part in the Rocky Top Wine Trail located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. The wine trail offers over 70 unique varieties of wine to sample! All five wineries on this trail are within 12 miles of each other, and can be visited in one or two days.

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Wineries in the Garden

There will be 10 different wineries showcased in our Nine Lakes Wine Country Wine Garden.  Click on the logos below to learn more about the various wineries!