Winery Map of the Day – Tennessee's Top Wineries

Heat and humidity are not friends of viticulture, and, as a result, several U.S. states are slightly handicapped when it comes to producing quality Vitis vinifera wines. Fortunately, there are several French-American hybrids such as Chambourcin, Traminette, Vignoles, and Vidal Blanc that are well suited for challenging viticultural environments and can result in very good wine. Wineries seeking to appeal to a regional or national audience, though, usually must augment their hybrid wines with a few well-made, and well-known, varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. As a result, some wineries try to grow common and popular Vitis vinifera in unfriendly environments, some seek out less well-known Vitis vinifera more suited to the local growing conditions, some give up on it all together, and still others import grapes or juice, usually from California. The result is that a visit to a winery in a traditionally "non-wine state," such as Tennessee, can result in a diverse, wide-ranging, and utterly enjoyable tasting experience even for those who dislike off-dry wines. Tennessee's best wineries are excelling with a wide variety of grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chambourcin, Viognier, Vidal Blanc and Muscat. The next time you find yourself in Tennessee, or if you live in Tennessee, make sure to add one or more of these leading Tennessee wineries to your list.

Click the image below to see the map of Tennessee wineries that produce Tennessee's highest rated wines.

Published: July 11, 2013

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