Once nearly a lost art in Tennessee, grape growing has resurged as the demand for tobacco crops has fallen since the 1980s. Though the hot and humid climate here has presented challenges, vintners have adapted, allowing grapes to become a major source of revenue once again. Now, Tennessee is proud of the many wineries that have sprung up to meet the community’s desire for local, well-made wines. 

This summer, we’ve been touring wineries throughout the region, and today we’re sharing our picks for the Best Vineyards in Middle Tennessee! 

Whether you head out now to take advantage of the last weeks of summer or visit the wineries during this fall’s crush, our local wineries are sure to appreciate your support more than ever due to this season’s limited tourism. Due to the ever-shifting nature of our nation’s battle against the pandemic, we recommend calling each location to confirm their hours of operation.


Arrington Vineyards

6211 Patton Rd.
Arrington, TN 37014
arringtonvineyards.com

Though it’s located just an hour outside Nashville, Arrington Vineyards feels like an escape to a simpler way of life. The vineyards sprawl over 100 acres of verdant, rolling hills, and a classic red barn completes the picturesque scene. 

If you’ve visited Arrington in the past, you will notice a few differences this year. Due to concerns about the current pandemic, guest capacity will be limited. Visitors are encouraged to check social media for up-to-date information; the staff will make an announcement right away once capacity has been reached. Masks and social distancing are required.

Food Truck Fridays are still on through October, so stop by between 6 – 9 pm to pair your Arrington wines with some delicious local grub!


Grinder’s Switch Winery

2119 Hwy 50 West Loop
Centerville, TN
gswinery.com

Family-owned-and-operated since the day it opened, Grinder’s Switch creates artisanal, small-batch wines from their 7-acre vineyard. Stop by 7 days a week for tastings of wine alongside offerings of cheese, fruit, chocolates, and nuts. Visitors can wander the grounds, visit the log cabin that was hand-built by the Chessor family in 1982, and see the production room where over 15,000 gallons of wine can be stored.

The tasting room is open during the pandemic, although curbside pickup is likewise available.


Natchez Hills Vineyard and Winery

109 Overhead Bridge Rd
Hampshire, TN 38461
natchezhills.com

Committed to the old-world winemaking traditions you’d expect to find in Tuscany, this family-owned-and-operated boutique winery creates small-batch wines intended to capture the flavor of each harvest. Wide lawns provide plenty of space to have a socially-distanced picnic, while a thick tree line creates a lovely background for your summer and fall photos.

Stop by Friday – Sunday; reservations aren’t required for parties of 5 or fewer. 


Amber Falls Winery and Cellars

794 Ridgetop Road
Hampshire, TN 38461
amberfallswinery.com

Located deep in the undulating countryside of Hampshire, Amber Falls Winery is the perfect place to slip away from modern life. You’re more than likely to be greeted by the owner himself, then treated to elegant wines that are beloved by wine critics and neophytes alike. 


Pickers Creek Winery

1986 New Columbia Highway
Lewisburg, TN 37091
pickerscreekwinery.com

While the warm and welcoming interior of this cozy winery will be closed until it’s safe to reopen, visitors are invited to linger on the grounds as they enjoy their wine tastings. Located well off the beaten path, the beautiful estate is an ideal picnic spot, even keeping a warm firepit going as the sun sinks below the trees. If you have a well-behaved dog you’d like to bring with you, call ahead and let the winery know! They’d love to meet your canine cutie.


Beachaven Vineyards & Winery

1100 Dunlop Lane
Clarksville, TN 37040
beachavenwinery.com

Beachaven bears the proud distinction of being the oldest family-owned-and-operated winery in the state. Their wines have been recognized as outstanding since the 1980s, when many other local wineries had not even been founded. In addition to their wine offerings, visitors can look forward to their famous summer and fall concerts resuming once things around here have gotten back to normal.

In the meantime, guests are welcome to stop by for a picnic, join in a wine and yoga class, or make an appointment to stop by for a tour and tasting. Please note that Beachaven is not accepting walk-in tastings at this time. Masks and social distancing are required.


DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards

600 Lance Drive
Baxter, TN
delmonacowinery.com

DelMonaco Winery is a Tuscan-inspired, modern, 20-acre winery situated in the midst of verdant hillsides. While tours are not currently available, guests are invited to enjoy tasting award-winning wines, or take a wine flight while taking in stunning panoramic views on the spacious patio. Pets are welcome on the grounds but are not permitted indoors. If you bring your canine companion, stop by the Doggie Bar for some extra spoiling!

For your convenience, DelMonaco has installed three Tesla charging stations.


Lexington Vineyard

2000 Dog Hollow Road
Lynnville, TN
lexingtonvineyardandwinery.com

Tucked away in the scenic countryside just outside historic Lynnville, Lexington Vineyard is a small, welcoming winery intended for guests who are searching for an intimate wine tasting paired with the option for extensive Q&A on grape growing in Middle Tennessee. Novelty fruit wines are available alongside more traditional offerings.


Cellar 53 Winery

115 Oak View Drive East
Brush Creek, TN 38547
cellar53winery.com

Founded in 2006, this family-owned-and-operated farm-turned-winery is beloved for its small-batch, handmade grape and blackberry wines. Nestled in the country just outside of Brush Creek, Cellar 53 is offering flight tastings outside the winery while Tennessee pushes back COVID-19. The staff will take your order from the car through the winery’s tasting room, which can be reached via phone at (615) 934-3353. Alternatively, you can text your order to (615) 708-1367 ahead of time if you’d like to expedite the process. 


Avian Glen Winery

3545 Almaville Road
Smyrna, TN 37221
avianglenwinery.com

Once the site of the Old Gamble Farm, Avian Glen Winery is now a beautiful, thriving winery. Wine tastings are offered daily; we recommend enjoying your tastings on the sweeping patio overlooking the family’s vineyards. Beloved for their sweet wines served in signature hummingbird glasses, this friendly winery has been recognized as welcoming visitors with the same enthusiasm and warmth despite the pandemic. 


All of us at Parks hope you are having a wonderful summer despite the challenges you’ve no doubt faced. Remember to take deep, cleansing breaths, take long walks outside, and take plenty of time to kick up your feet and enjoy the bottles of wine you’ll bring back from your relaxing winery tours.

Do you have a favorite winery in Middle Tennessee? Did it make our list? Please leave your comments below recommending spots for us to visit in the fall, and you might see your recommendation on our next winery guide. As always, we thank you for stopping by Parks. We hope to see you soon.

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