100 Tennessee wines featured at Nine Lakes Wine Festival May 20, 2017

Hiwassee, third from the left, is the most decorated wine in Tennessee. It is made by Tsali Notch Vineyard, one of 20 wineries attending Nine Lakes Wine Festival, May 20 in Oak Ridge, TN.

“Nine Lakes Wine Festival seeks to be the premier wine event in Tennessee, and offers the public a chance to taste award-winning wines and experience East Tennessee’s wine trails,” said James R. Riddle, founder of the Appalachian Region Wine Producers.

More than 100 Tennessee wines and hard ciders will be featured at the first annual Nine Lakes Wine Festival, Saturday, May 20, 1 to 6 p.m., on the waterfront Melton Lake Park in Oak Ridge.

“Nine Lakes Wine Festival seeks to be the premier wine event in Tennessee, and offers the public a chance to taste award-winning wines and experience East Tennessee’s wine trails,” said James R. Riddle, founder of the Appalachian Region Wine Producers Association, which is presenting the festival.

The festival brings together 20 Tennessee wineries. Tickets also include food, chef demonstrations by The Cutting Edge Classroom, and wine seminars by local wine judges and educators. The wineries will be arranged in “trails” for a seamless tasting experience.

Festival goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the lakeside. Live music will provide a perfect backdrop for the wine tasting experience, with bands like Knox Vegas Ramblers, Stock Creek Band, Barefoot Sanctuary and more!

A “Barrels of Fun Charity Race,” typically seen in Italian wine festivals, will offer 12 East Tennessee charities a chance to nab a coveted wine barrel trophy. All charities will receive a portion of the gate proceeds as well.

Festival tickets are on sale at https://NineLakesWineFestival.com

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