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The mountains and valleys that surround Pigeon Forge make for excellent scenery – and a great backdrop for enjoying a few glasses of local wine. The Rocky Top Wine Trail includes four wineries (and a cidery) offering 75 different wines to sample. While each winery has a variety of selections, keep in mind sweet wine is popular in this area and you'll find limited dry wine options at these venues. If you plan to visit a few of the wineries, pick up a "passport" at the first venue and make sure to get a stamp. Once you visit three wineries (and receive three stamps), you'll receive a complimentary souvenir wine glass. If you visit all four wineries and the cidery, you'll get an additional free gift. Read on to see what the Rocky Top Wine Trail wineries have to offer. All tastings at the wineries are complimentary.

Hillside Winery: The northernmost winery on the trail, Hillside Winery is set about 5 miles north of the center of town. The winery features Italian-style wines and some top offerings you can try include sangiovese, barbera and pinot grigio, plus a unique black and blue wine that includes blackberries and blueberries in its recipe (this one is a traveler favorite). The winery includes outdoor seating and also makes wine slushies, and recent visitors rave about the welcoming and knowledgeable staff members here. Hillside Winery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more info, check out the website.

Apple Barn Winery: Apple Barn Winery is situated about 2 miles south of Hillside Winery and offers a different sort of wine-tasting experience. All of the wines here are made from the apples grown on-site, with flavors like apple blush, apple-raspberry, apple-strawberry and apple-peach available. Reviews on the wine quality are mixed, but most visitors enjoyed the gift shop on-site and many recommend stopping by the adjacent Apple Barn Cider House as well. Apple Barn Winery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and you can visit the website for additional details.

Mountain Valley Vineyards: Less than a mile down the road from Apple Barn Winery, Mountain Valley Vineyards is nestled along Little Pigeon River. Wine lovers can sample everything from chardonnay and mountain valley white wine to cabernet sauvignon and mountain valley red wine. This winery also specializes in sweet options like watermelon, rhubarb, mountain peach and blackberry wines. Recent travelers say the employees here are fun and offer helpful recommendations based on what you typically like. Mountain Valley Vineyards is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Head to the winery website for more information.

Mill Bridge Winery:  Mill Bridge Winery is located in the center of town, making it the easiest for visitors to access. Here you'll find a tasting room and a small patio with outdoor seating that overlooks the river. In addition to red, white and bubbly wines, Mill Bridge Winery features hard ciders on tap. Visitors praise the wine-tasting process and the river views. This winery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and additional info is available on the website.

Rocky Top Wine Trail also organizes VIP tours that take visitors to a select wineries. These tours include a guide, premium tastings, food and wine pairings, swag bags and shuttle transportation. For more information, visit the individual winery websites or check out the Rocky Top Wine Trail website.

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