The winery itself is very small but extremely charming, and it strongly resembles an old-fashioned barn. We browsed through the selection of wine glass charms and do-it-yourself home brewery beer kits, at which point we were greeted by the wife of the owner. After introducing ourselves and talking a bit about the different regions we have been to in the United States that produce wine, we were surprised to hear that Tennessee actually has many vineyards and wineries throughout.
After a few more minutes of conversation we sampled a few of the wines. Of course we started with a few dry reds, one of which was a Merlot that was surprisingly fruity with a very crisp finish. We were advised that the grapes for this bottle are brought in from a Washington Vineyard as Countryside Vineyard did not grow Merlot grapes. As we tasted a few of the different varieties such as the Semi-Dry Vidal and the Chambourcin, we discovered that Countryside Winery is actually only 13-years-old and the Vineyard is 17-years-old, which we both thought was surprisingly young for a winery. The wines for sell at this winery are very reasonably priced, ranging from $7 to $11.
This winery is open from Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm and on a weekday it was pretty empty, so we had the chance to get to learn more about this winery and vineyard as well as the owners. The owner’s wife was very friendly and more than happy to share information with us about Tennessee vineyards as a whole, which I found both informative as well as educational.
For more information regarding this winery and vineyard see this website.
March 1, 2004
From journal A quick stop in Knoxville, Tennesse