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GRAND TASTING INFO, May 19, 3 to 8 p.m.

Melton Lake Park, Oak Ridge, TN

PARKING
  • Parking is FREE AFTER 2 P.M. in the main parking lot and peninsula, at Melton Lake Park. Festival begins at 3 PM.
  • If you want to get there early, you can watch the Dogwood Master’s Regatta at the park, but they are charging $10 in the boathouse lot.
  • Street parking on Melton Lake Drive is FREE. There is no off-site parking or bus this year.
  • The festival is in the grassy area of the park to the NORTH of the parking areas, around the pavilion, so there is plenty of extra parking this year in two parking lots: the boathouse, and the peninsula. Extra parking may be available in the boat field, depending on weather. Plenty of street parking is available along Melton Lake Drive.
TICKETS

Tickets are available at the gate for $35 per person for a tasting ticket, and $10 for a non-tasting ticket. SAVE when you purchase online.

If you already have your ticket, get speed-checked in! Look for the “Ticket Holders” line.

Every Taster, Bring your ID! You must be 21 and have a valid ID to taste Tennessee wines. ID Check provided by SafeSurv.com. 

  • We’ll give you a wristband so you can come and go from the park.
  • We’ll give you a tasting glass and a 6-compartment wine tote, and a festival map.
  • You will be invited to sample 1-ounce portions of wine and cider from each of our 15 wineries. Meet and chat with winemakers, and buy bottles of wine directly from them!
  • Enjoy complimentary wine seminars, chef demonstrations and live music, craft and business vendors there to enjoy as well. Seating and shade is available, but feel free to bring a lawn chair to enjoy an evening beside beautiful Melton Lake!
  • Cheer on the Barrels of Fun Charity race, with eight participating charities getting points for speed and style! Time will be announced at the festival.
FOOD

Food is available from our vendors (extra charge): Burchfield’s Catering, Southern Sisters Mobile Cafe, Calhoun’s, Buttermilk Sky Pie, Coal Creek Smokyhouse, Birdwell Catering and Penne for Your Thoughts.

BUY BOTTLES AND CASES OF YOUR FAVORITE WINE!

You won’t find many Tennessee wines in a grocery or liquor store, so this is your chance to stock up on local wines that are your favorites! Our winemakers take cash, credit and debit cards, and we’ll give you a 6-compartment wine tote so you can take your favorites home to enjoy. Large purchases can be stored for free in our Wine Corral.

WINE CORRAL (LIKE A COAT CHECK, FOR WINE!)

Our free wine corral is a tent where you can drop off your purchases and our volunteers will take care of them. It’s close to the entrance, so you can just drive up and pick up as you leave.

CHILDREN

We love kids, but we discourage them from attending this event because there’s nothing for them to do. All children age 5 and older must wear a non-tasting wristband ($10 at the gate).

PLEASE BRING:
  • Valid ID
  • Hat, sunglasses, or rain gear. Festival is rain or shine, but let’s hope for sun!
  • Your wallet, so you can buy Tennessee wine by the bottle to take home. Debit / Credit / Cash accepted. Food is available to purchase as well.
  • Lawn chair (optional). There is seating, but feel free to bring an extra lawn chair and enjoy the evening by Melton Lake.
PLEASE DON’T BRING:
  • Tents
  • Coolers
  • Outside food or drink

 

LODGING

Stay with our preferred hotels and enjoy their festival discounts:

PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST THE USE OF A DESIGNATED DRIVER.
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