Watauga Lake Winery opens to public
We have planned a fantastic season this year and hope that you join us in many of the events that we will be offering at Watauga Lake Winery.
Our new web page is up and we would love for you to look us up and give us your thoughts:
www.WataugaLakeWinery.com. You may now contact us at info@Wataugalakewinery.com . Please let your friends, family and neighbors know about our website. We will be posting all of our new events every month on our website as well as on facebook. Our hours at the winery this season will be Thursday thru Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. You can always reach us at 423-768-3633 if you need us at any other time.
Hours: Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 1pm-4pm
6952 Big Dry Run Rd. Butler, TN 37640
APRIL 13: We will kick-off our new season with a Rhythm and Wine evening. This will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening, April 13th. We will be featuring music by the Todd Wright jazz duo. If you are not familiar with Todd, check out his bio at www.Todd-Wright.com. Saxophonist Todd Wright has performed throughout Europe and is the Director of Jazz Studies at ASU. This will be our NOLA celebration (New Orleans Louisiana) with a Cajun dinner followed by a performance by the “Todd Wright Jazz Duo.” Tickets will be $75.00 per couple or $40.00 per single. Of course, a bottle of wine of your choosing is included with your dinner. For reservations please send your check to us at: 1877 Dry Hill Road, Butler, TN 37640
Cajun Dinner Menu for April 13th:
- Cajun Andouille en Croute
- Cajun Spiced Crab Dip on Toasted
- Baguettte Rounds
- Mixed green salad with Creole Vinaigrette and Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
- Chicken Creole over Parsley Rice
- Corn Maque Choux
- Crusty French Baguettes w/whipped butter
- Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding w/vanilla sauce served with coffee
AND, if you want to continue your Cajun experience we are planning our first cooking class on Saturday April 20th. This will be a hands-on demonstration class featuring Shrimp and Grits, salad with Cajun Dressing, French baguettes and BANANAS FOSTER!! Of course, we will eat what we prepare!!
The cost for this cooking experience is $30.00 per person.
Watauga Lake Winery Editorial
By Paula Walter
By definition, agrotourism is the combination of both tourism and agriculture. For those longing for peace and quiet, scenic mountain views and an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, a trip to an area that offers that serenity may be just what you are seeking. Johnson County, Tennessee, nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, not only offers abundant activities such as fishing and outdoor adventures on Doe Mountain, but it can now boast its first winery.
Watauga Lake Winery opened its doors on Thursday, November 1st at the old Dry Run Elementary School. The winery currently offers two red wines, along with three whites that range from dry to sweet. Owners Linda and Wayne Gay are planning on producing eight wines by the time summer rolls around. According to Wayne, most of their wines are a blend of various grapes. All of their licensing and business regulations fall under the realm of agriculture.
The different varieties of grapes are grown on the Gays’ property in the Dry Hill region of the county. It typically takes three to four years before the grapes are mature enough to use in the winemaking process. When the Gay’s moved to Johnson County, they built an Italian-style home and decided a grape arbor would make for nice landscaping. Several years and approximately 3,500 grapevines later, the Guys decided to open Watauga Lake Winery in an effort to help encourage tourism in Johnson County.
Watauga Lake Winery offers red and white wines with names that come from this region of the state and our neighboring counties of Watauga and Avery in North Carolina. Their wines are processed on-site. The Big Dry Run Red is named for the stream across from the winery. It is a dry, bold and fruity wine. Copperhead Hollow Red is a blend of three different grapes. Doe Mountain Red is a full-bodied red wine named after our own Doe Mountain. Elk River White is a dry yet crispy white wine with an essence of fruit and offers a touch of sweetness. The Watauga River White is a fruity, semi-sweet wine and delicious. The Villa Nove White is named after the Gays’ own vineyard and is a sweet white wine. Forge Mountain Mist is a fruity wine with hints of peach and grapefruit. Iron Mountain Sunset is a blush wine, a combination of two different grapes. Laurel Creek Surprise offers tastes of both raspberry and chocolate.