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Tennessee wineries bring festival to Blount County

Graphic of wine bottles for Sip TN The FoothillsSample more than 100 Tennessee-made wines, meads and hard ciders at Sip TN The Foothills on Saturday, April 15. 

The noon-5 p.m. event, sponsored by the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance, will be held on Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus, home to the state’s only varietal research vineyard on a college campus, which gives students the opportunity to do undergraduate research on grapes growing right out their back door.  

The campus is located at 2731 W. Alexander Parkway, Friendsville. 

“The board of TWFA loved the layout of the campus and thought it would be an excellent site for the event,” said Professor Chris Milne, Ph.D., coordinator of undergraduate research at Pellissippi State and a Blount County native. “This also gives our Pellissippi State students a chance to shine, with our Culinary Arts students preparing gourmet snacks for the VIP ticketholders and our bluegrass ensemble, jazz band and Variations choir providing entertainment.” 

More than 15 wineries will be on hand at Sip TN The Foothills, showcasing beverages made with some of the freshest fruit in the South and selling bottles of wine you can take home. Enjoy local artisans, food vendors and live music, rain or shine. 

Tickets are $45 for participants and include a souvenir Tennessee Wines wine glass, a Tennessee Wines six-bottle wine bag, wine tastings from all wineries at the event and the ability to buy bottles and cases of wine directly from the wineries. A $10 ticket for designated drivers includes access to all artisan vendors, food and music, as well as unlimited nonalcoholic drinks and snacks. 

Those under 21 are allowed, but will not receive an arm band and cannot taste the wines. Also, this is not a pet-friendly event, so please leave your furry friends at home. 

Get your tickets at now. Proceeds stay local, benefiting Tennessee agriculture, small businesses and education.