“Wine is bottled poetry.”
Three hours outside of Nashville, nestled in Tennessee’s wine country, is the lovely Arrington Vineyards. After attending a concert in Nashville, my friend and I spontaneously decided to venture out to Arrington on the hunt for some delicious wine, and we were met with so much more. Memories of our trip through Tuscany flooded back as we drove up to this vineyard and settled in the vineyard with our four wines to taste. I’ve done multiple wine tastings in the States and around the world, but this one certainly has earned its place in my top three favorite wine tasting experiences.
History of the Vineyard
On July 1st, 2008, the Vineyard was opened by a country music artist, a winemaker, and an entrepreneur- Kix Brooks, Kip Summers, and John Russell. It was originally established in 2003 when Summers and wine enthusiasts purchased a 25 acre hog farm and plated grapevines; they began their winemaking under the name Firefly Vineyards but later changed the name to Arrington to reflect the local community. The company now consists of 92 acres of property, 16 of those acres dedicated to the vineyards; in those 16 acres, they plant Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, Viognier, Corot Noir, and Vignoles.
The Wine Tasting
The Tasting Room hours are: Monday – Thursday: 11am to 8pm, Friday & Saturday: 11am-9pm, and Sunday: 12pm to 8pm. We went on a Wednesday, early afternoon, and there were only a handful of people in the vineyard. It was quiet and a lovely escape after 24 hours in a very loud city and at an even louder concert the evening before! There are four different ways to experience their wines: AV Classic, AV Picnic, AV Signature Experience, and AV Premier Experience. We chose the AV Picnic tasting, due to spontaneity and lack of time at the vineyard.
With the AV Classic Tasting, you can choose to taste four or eight wines to taste ($7 or $14) at the tasting bar with a wine associate to answer any questions.
With the AV Picnic Tasting, you can choose four wines to taste and are given a carrying tray and wine crackers/chocolates to accompany the wines for $14. After choosing your wines, you can take them out to the patio to lookout over the grounds or even out into the vineyard. We opted to go out and explore the vineyards, of course!
With the AV Signature Experience, you select one of four wines to be tasted with a complimentary cheese plate in the Oak Room of the Vineyard House, overlooking the barn. This costs $30 per guest, and you get less than an hour.
With the AV Premier Experience, you get a guided tour the the Barrel House and Production Facility before heading up to the Wine Loft for views of the vineyard and a guided wine tasting paired with gourmet cheeses, charcuterie, and black-raz chocolate truffles. This costs $50 per guest and lasts around an hour and a half.
They also hold a few special wine tastings and events throughout the year based on the season! I certainly can’t wait to go back and try out the Premier Experience.
After a good while of fooling around in the vineyards, playing model, it was time for my friend and I to set off for home, but I will certainly be back for these delicious wines and stunning views!
Have you visited Arrington Vineyards? What are some of your favorite wino-moments? I’d love to hear your opinions, so pop a comment below!