Its not often that you hear of a grape stomp taking place in Northeast Tennessee, but Watauga Lake Winery has turned the age old tradition of winemaking in to an event attracting folks from all over the country.
Wayne and Linda Gay opened Watauga Lake Winery in 2012 in the historic Big Dry Run Schoolhouse located in the mountains of Butler, Tenn. The winery is known for the flavorful combinations of grapes that are produced locally at Villa Nove Vineyards, just a few miles down the road from the winery. Villa Nove Vineyards (also a popular wedding and event venue) consists of more than 4,000 grapes on 35 acres of land overlooking Watauga Lake. By 2013 and 2014, the winery had already created a name for itself by winning one gold and two silver medals at the Wines of the South Competition. By 2015, Watauga Lake Winery had been awarded nine combined medals from Wines of the South, Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition, Asheville Food and Wine Festival and named Best of Tennessee. Fast forward to 2017, and the local winery has received ten more combined honors from Asheville International Wine Festival, Wines of the South and Mid-Atlantic Southeast Wine competitions. Watauga Lake Winery now produces 60,000 pounds from 10 varieties of grapes each year and crafts 16 different wine labels.
What to Expect
What better way to experience winemaking in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee than with an old-fashioned grape stomp. The annual Watauga Lake Winery Grape Stomp will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is complete with a Lucille Ball look-a-like contest at 2 p.m. Homemade wood-fired pizza, sangria, wine and tastings will also be available for purchase. Admission is free and open to all ages.
How to Get There
Watauga Lake Winery is located at 6952 Big Dry Run Road, Butler, TN 37640.
We suggest taking the scenic route of winding back roads along the popular “Snake” on Hwy. 421 South. Or, travel along the countryside of Hwy. 321 South.
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