#51 of 77 Gatlinburg Things To Do

Little Bear Winery

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Little Bear Winery - A Welcoming Winery for Every Taste
Written by: Vicky Reddish
Staff Score:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Little Bear Winery isn't as established as most of Gatlinburg's other wineries, but it's becoming a fast favorite thanks to its excellent service, lovely atmosphere, and extensive wine selection. Sample up to 4 wines for free when you visit, and if you love them, consider signing up for the Little Bear Wine Club so you can enjoy the flavors of your vacation once you head home. 

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Little Bear Winery is among Gatlinburg’s newer wineries, but they’re quickly developing a nationwide fan base. A member of Gatlinburg’s Wine Trail, Little Bear is a natural stop when visiting the Smoky Mountain’s best wineries. Here you’ll find a welcoming environment, 4 free wine tastings per visitor, and a variety of wines to suit a range of preferences.

When you arrive at Little Bear, you’ll be impressed by the warm, rustic stone storefront and welcoming entrance. Inside, classic Smoky Mountain decor keeps things cozy and classy, and a substantial tasting bar offers plenty of space even when they’re at their busiest. Little Bear doesn’t accept reservations, but you can expect to be served fairly quickly. Even at peak hours, you aren’t likely to wait more than 15 minutes for a tasting.

The atmosphere and service offer exactly what you’d expect of a cozy Gatlinburg winery, but the wines exceed themselves. Expect full-bodied, smooth flavors and an excellent variety, whether you’re looking for fruity, sweet wines or dry reds with the perfect balance of flavors.

Wine Club
Little Bear Winery offers a wine club that’s just as phenomenal as it sounds; you can opt to have a bottle, a few bottles, or an entire case of Little Bear wines shipped to you at an interval you choose. There are several membership levels, and each comes with perks like free gifts and generous discounts, including free shipping for many of the membership options. If you love the offerings when you arrive for your free tasting, becoming a wine club member just makes sense.

Wine Trail
Little Bear is one of the members of the Rocky Top Wine Trail. No matter where you start on the “trail,” grab a passport and get it stamped at each stop. You’ll get a free gift at your third winery and another gift once you’ve visited them all. If you love wine and you’re looking for a relaxing way to enjoy a day of your Gatlinburg vacation, the wine trail is hard to beat.

Some wineries are well off the beaten paths, but Little Bear Winery is located in Gatlinburg’s Mountain Mall complex, making it a convenient stop. You’ll find several classy restaurants within easy walking distance of the winery, as well as a variety of fun shops barely a stone’s throw away.

Insider Tips: 
– Make sure you bring an I.D., no matter your age. Tennessee law requires an ID check for anyone sampling or purchasing alcohol.
– If you’re bringing a large group, it helps to call ahead; though Little Bear doesn’t accept reservations, they’ll be able to serve large groups more quickly if they have a heads-up that you’re coming.