The Tennessee wine industry thrived until the introduction of Prohibition, which shut down the production of all wine until its repeal. However, the industry has managed to recover very well, and the modern Tennessee wine industry produces some amazing wines. Most of the wines created in West Tennessee come from French hybrid grapes, including Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc and Chardonel. These types of grapes are more resistant to the diseases that flourish in the hot, humid climate of West Tennessee. While most Tennessee wineries exist in the eastern half of the state, plenty of outstanding wines are produced in West Tennessee. A small part of the Mississippi Delta American Viticultural Area extends into the southwestern part of Tennessee, so you may see this appellation on some Tennessee wines’ labels. For information on the vineyards, wineries and wines of West Tennessee, see below.
Crown Winery. The vineyards of this West Tennessee winery stretch across the foothills near Humboldt, Tennessee. Their wine production and storage area is built into a hill, providing natural cooling through the Tennessee summers. Dedicated to renewable energy sources, this West Tennessee winery uses a large solar system to generate the power necessary for the winery. Since opening in 2009, they have introduced eight outstanding wines you’ll enjoy, no matter what your preference. Their Chambourcin, a semi-dry white wine, has floral aromas and flavors that include blackberry, raisin and cranberry. Also try their Chardonel, a lovely wine with aromas of melon and honeysuckle, followed by buttery and toasty flavors. For more information on this West Tennessee winery and its wines, click here.
Paris Winery. Opened in 2008, this West Tennessee vineyard started with 5,500 vines. Today it has over 7,000 vines, consisting of fifteen types of grapes. This West Tennessee winery creates 13 wines for you to choose from, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot. Be sure to try their Riesling, a crisp white wine with aromas of rose and violets, and flavors that include green apple and peach. Also try their Pinot Grigio, a slightly sweet wine with aromas of lemon and apple, followed by flavors of vanilla and oak. For more information on this West Tennessee winery and its wines, click here.
Old Millington Vineyard and Winery. This small West Tennessee winery is located just north of Memphis, where award-winning wines are produced from their own Chambourcin grapes. They also create dry whites, dry reds, semi-dry whites, and other wines. Their vineyard and winery are located on the oldest farm in Shelby County Tennessee. Try their Vidal Blanc, a dry white wine with apricot and citrus aromas, and clean, crisp flavors that include tangerine and oak. Also sample their Crying Angel Red. This wine is named for a local memorial dedicated to a civil war soldier. It is created from estate grown Chambourcin blended with Cynthiana grapes, and has aromas of cherry and vanilla, with flavors of black currants and spice. If you are looking for fruit wines, try their Strawberry wine, which is very light and sweet, or their Blackberry wine, which is sweet but also tart. For more information on this West Tennessee winery and its wines, click here.