New winery in Townsend hoping to attract locals and tourists

New winery in Townsend hoping to attract locals and tourists

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Cades Cove Cellars started by word of mouth. It now boasts nine varieties of wine. Cades Cove Cellars started by word of mouth. It now boasts nine varieties of wine.
"It's sort of half science and half romance," said owner Jerry Reed. "It's sort of half science and half romance," said owner Jerry Reed.
The winery has been open for just two weeks and is already becoming a hit with tourists and locals. The winery has been open for just two weeks and is already becoming a hit with tourists and locals.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

TOWNSEND (WATE) - A glass of East Tennessee wine, it's a possibility now in Blount County. Cades Cove Cellars is a new winery ready for business in Townsend, opening two weeks ago.

Owners telling 6 News it's the perfect place since the Great Smoky Mountains attract hikers, bikers, and tourists.

There are only about 40 wineries in Tennessee and Cades Cove Cellars started by word of mouth to help it grow, which so far has been a success.

It's here at Cades Cove Cellars where grapes from the vineyard turn into 9 different varieties of wine.

"It's sort of half science and half romance," said owner Jerry Reed.

The winery has been open for just two weeks and is already becoming a hit with tourists and locals, like John and Sue Everson who spent the day in the mountains.

"Oh it's the perfect fit. You come here for some refreshments and then take a bottle or two home," said the Eversons.

While the tanks may be idle for now, owners are already planning for the future as this winery continues to grow.

"We will be making some fruit wines because we contracted for fruit last fall and we didn't have enough capacity to make it last fall, so we put it in cold storage. We'll have some of that coming in here in the next couple of weeks," said Reed.

It's a future small businesses in the community, like Back Porch Seafood Restaurant, hopes to be a part of.

"I just hope to get the wine in here soon by the summer so that we have it when tourists come because I think it will be a win-win for everybody," said owner Paul Delyea.

Cades Cove Cellars is working with Appalachian Bear Rescue where $1 from every bottle of blackberry wine that's sold goes directly to the organization.

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