#56 of 61 Gatlinburg Things To Do

Goodwater Winery

Goodwater Vineyards - Upscale Family-Run Winery with Country Charm
Staff Score:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Goodwater Vineyards has it all: family values, fabulous atmosphere, beautifully crafted wines, and stunning scenery. Though they're an hour from Gatlinburg, it's worth taking a drive out to Goodwater Farm. The drive is scenic, and the variety of wines has something to offer practically everyone. Even non-wine-drinkers have been converted by some of Goodwater's offerings. For a particularly memorable experience, call ahead to schedule a catered picnic with pond and vineyard views. 

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Goodwater Vineyards has been in operation since 2014. A true family-run local winery, Goodwater Vineyards is operated by three generations of family members who grew up with a strong sense of place on Goodwater Farm. The wine selection here is extraordinary; you’ll find a wine for practically any taste, and you’ll be treated like family from the moment you step in the door. Inside the tasting room and store, you’ll find a comfortable country atmosphere that’s unmistakeably cozy, no matter the time of year. The wooden bars were crafted by hand by one of the farm’s owners–just another of those details into which the family invests a skilled, handcrafted touch.

Though the farm is a bit of a drive from Gatlinburg, it’s a scenic trip that’s well worth your time in the car. If you’d like, you can request a free tour of the winery, and you’ll enjoy the expertise and insight of those who built the winery from the ground up. The tasting room is open every day of the week, so it’s fairly easy to work a stop into your vacation schedule.

If you’re looking for an even more unique experience, call ahead to schedule a catered picnic at the farm. The perfect birthday, anniversary, or just-for-fun celebratory meal for two to twenty guests, a catered picnic offers picturesque views of Goodwater Pond and the surrounding vineyards coupled with excellent wine and exquisitely-prepared fare. If you’re scheduling a catered picnic, plan to come early enough to enjoy free samples of wine before your picnic begins; you’ll be able to order your favorite wine (or wines) to be served with your meal.

Goodwater Vineyards is located in the countryside north of Parrottsville, TN, just over an hour from Gatlinburg. Expect a scenic drive with inviting hole-in-the-wall shops and restaurants in the towns along the way; a trip in this direction can become a half- or full-day excursion, full of Smoky Mountain scenery and charm. Consider stopping by the Briarwood Ranch Safari Park after your visit to Goodwater Farm; it’s an unexpected jewel nestled in rural Tennessee.

Insider Tips: 
– Goodwater Vineyard’s peach wine is a fan favorite for a reason; make sure to give it a taste!
– You won’t regret going choosing a catered picnic, whether you’re traveling as a couple or as a family group. Families, groups, and couples alike will be enthralled by a picnic on the farm.
– Didn’t save enough suitcase space for a case of wine? Goodwater Vineyard ships their wines, as well; you can order more from their website once you’re back home.