by Jenni Barnett
on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at 6:00am.
The American South has a long tradition of hand-crafting small batch wines from local grapes. Today, more wineries than ever have opened their doors right here in Middle Tennessee. The following wineries offer tastings designed to entertain and educate, as well as live music, food truck events, and samples of local fruits and other treats. This spring, summer, or fall, pack a picnic, drink plenty of water, and head out to indulge in a taste of the finest wines in Middle Tennessee.
Arrington Vineyards 6211 Patton Rd. | Arrington
Arrington Vineyards is perfect for pairing a home-packed picnic with an evening wine tasting under peach-pink sunset skies. Arrington’s ample seating and serene views overlooking the hills make this winery a community favorite.
Arrive about an hour before you’d like to begin your wine tasting, perhaps even earlier on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; with attendance bolstered by their famous food truck and live music events, this popular winery is also famously packed on the weekends.
Food Truck Fridays at Arrington begin in May and run through October from 6 – 9 pm, weather permitting.
Bluegrass in the Barn and Jazz in the Courtyard run April through October from 4 – 8 pm on Saturdays and 2 – 6 pm on Sundays.
This old-world style vineyard feels like a slice of Tuscany right here in Middle Tennessee. This boutique, family-owned vineyard and winery creates small-batch wines with traditional methods, ensuring unique bursts of flavor in each barrel. Choose from dry or sweet wine tastings to sample a variety of their sumptuous handmade wines, then choose a bottle to enjoy on the Natchez Hills patio.
Belle Meade Winery 5025 Harding Pike | Nashville
Historic Belle Meade Plantation was the premier horse-breeding farm in Tennessee for over one hundred years. Since 2009, Belle Meade Winery was founded as a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the plantation. Visit beautiful Belle Meade to taste their traditional Muscadine and Blackberry wines in addition to their full array of modern red, white, and sparkling wines. You can also pay a visit to the Greek-Revival mansion that has been maintained as a museum to pay homage to the rich history of the South.
Grinder’s Switch Winery 2119 Hwy 50 West Loop | Centerville
The Grinder’s Switch tasting room is open daily for tastings of wine, cheese, fruit, nuts, and chocolate. Enjoy a sampling from a variety of their popular wines, then take a bottle out on the wide deck or enjoy a picnic on the lawn. Bring a lawn chair and set up out on the lawn; you can even take a nap in the clean, country air if you so desire.
Visitors are also encouraged to stop by the gift shop to peruse wine-themed gifts and crafts created by local artisans. Perfect for vacation mementos, birthday gifts, and holiday presents, the items are hand-selected to bring a smile to all who visit.
Beachaven Vineyards and Winery 1100 Dunlop Lane | Clarksville
The single oldest single-family-owned-and-operated winery in Tennessee, Beachaven has been winning gold medals since their early days in the late eighties and early nineties. Today, visitors can enjoy wines that maintain that standard of excellence as well as enjoy Jazz on the Lawn, Beachaven’s famous summer and fall outdoor concert series. Visit https://www.beachavenwinery.com/jazz-on-the-lawn for dates and concert guidelines.
Pickers Creek Winery 1986 New Columbia Highway | Lewisburg
Pickers Creek Winery prides itself on providing a warm and welcoming community gathering place where visitors can relax and enjoy sampling their robust list of delicious small-batch wines. Visitors can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the wrap-around porch or keep warm by the fire pit as the sun goes down. If you’d like to bring your well-mannered pup on your adventure, just give Pickers Creek a call ahead of time to let them know your four-legged friend will be accompanying you.
Join Pickers Creek for live music on Saturdays during the summer and fall. Visit http://www.pickerscreekwinery.com/events/ for concert dates and a continually updated list of artists.