Thunder Road Wine Trail merges with moonshine history

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Eagle Springs Winery/photo courtesy of Eagle Springs Winery

TDTD (press release)—A new wine trail merges moonshine history with award-winning Tennessee wines. Thunder Road Wine Trail is now open and follows the old Thunder Road and Copperhead Road moonshine smuggling routes, winding 140 miles from Knoxville to Butler, Tenn.

This wine trail includes six wineries close enough to visit in approx. three days: Blue Slip Winery in Knoxville; Eagle Springs Winery in Kodak; The Winery at Seven Springs Farm in Maynardville; Spout Spring Estates Winery in Blaine; Goodwater Vineyards in Mosheim; and Watauga Lake Winery in Butler.

The wine trail has a free passport program. Pick one up and have it stamped at any winery. Customers who visit five of the wineries will receive a free wine glass and be entered in a drawing for a Winemakers’ Dinner for Four. Those who visit all six wineries will be entered in a drawing for a two-night bed & breakfast stay.

There is no admission charge and free wine tasting, music, celebrity guests and door prizes will be offered at each event.

Thunder Road Wine Trail kick off events will occur 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Oct. 2 at Eagle Springs Winery; noon–5 p.m. Oct. 3 at The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, which is also the grand opening and ribbon cutting event for the winery; 6–9 p.m. Oct. 9 at Blue Slip Winery; 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at Watauga Lake Winery with Legislator Timothy Hill in attendance for the yellow ribbon cutting at 11 a.m.; 3–7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Goodwater Vineyards with a rain date for Oct. 24; and noon–5 p.m. Oct. 24 at Spout Spring Estates Winery and Vineyard.

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