A Toast to the Wine Producers of the Tennessee River Valley- Growing a New Economy for Appalachia

Growing Grapes in Tennessee River Valley

“As a family winery and vineyard, we know the importance of food, friends and a sense of home.” Liz- Owner of Hightower Creek Vineyards

Throughout 2017, the Tennessee River Valley Mapguide celebrated the Year of Sustainable Tourism by sharing favorite trip plans, each offering unique opportunities to experience conservation, recreation, and cultural heritage. Over the previous twelve months, the featured itineraries explored waterfalls, historic places, paddling adventures, geotours, and birding trails. The series launched with the Spirited Wine Trail and concludes with a toast to the Alabama Wine Trail. It is fitting testament to the Appalachian wine producers who are primarily represented by small family farmers coming back to the land and jump starting struggling rural economies in the “spirit” of the time honored traditions of this region. Today, the wine industry is an important economic engine in Southwest Virginia, the mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Alabama.

In 2015, the North Alabama Wine Trail and Passport made its debut, inviting wine enthusiasts to experience Alabama-made wine from six wineries located in the southern tier of the Appalachian Mountains. Visitors to the region in search of a unique destination experience and who would like to experience unique flavors handcrafted in northern Alabama should check out this month’s featured Trip Plan, the “North Alabama Wine Trail.”

Available at http://www.northalabamawinetrail.com, the North Alabama Wine Trail is a self-guided tour featuring six wineries and tasting rooms located in Fruithurst, Heflin, Anniston, Hokes Bluff, Attalla and Albertville. The wineries are nestled in the…

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