Sintra Port Wine – Coming Soon


Grinder's Switch Sintra Port LabelOur owner and winemaker, Joey Chessor has been dreaming of his own port-style wine since the mid-90s. Joey was inspired by two family trips to Portugal where he sampled not only fine wines but also amazing vintages of traditional port. Then, when planning his vineyard, Joey became one of only two winemaker’s in Tennessee to include Touriga Nacional, a premier Portugese port grape, in his vineyard. At first, Joey simply turned each year’s harvest of Touriga into one of Grinder’s Switch’s most popular dry red wines, Rebel, but in 2015 all that changed. Fortune bestowed upon the winery a barrel of high quality brandy, a hard to find spirit in Tennessee and one that involves lots of red tape should you want to bring some across state lines. The wine gods also granted Grinder’s Switch Winery with an excellent vintage of Touriga Nacional that year. It was a perfect storm to make an exceptional port-style wine. So for 3 years we have been waiting for this amazing vintage to finish, and the time has finally come.

So, what is port?

Port is fortified wine, which means that at some point during fermentation some kind of grape based spirit (usually brandy) is added to the wine. This allows the wine to retain some of its natural sweetness. Port originates from Portugal where one of the premier port grapes grown in that region is Touriga Nacional. The best ports are known for their complexity and body and are traditionally served at the end of a meal as a dessert with a plate of fine cheeses or with a fine cigar.

2015 Sintra

Our 2015 port-style wine, Sintra, is named after one of the Chessor family’s favorite areas of Portugal which they visited a couple of times in the mid-90’s. Sintra promises to be a sweet, full-bodied barrel aged vintage with wonderful notes of toffee and chocolate. It has a pleasant, oaky tone that complements the caramel finish.

Get on the waiting list

This vintage is limited. We only have 3 barrels (that’s about 180 gallons) of Sintra to sell and it won’t be available until early Summer 2018. And because this vintage is very special, the price per bottle will reflect the quality of our first vintage of port-style wine.

We do have a waiting list for the release of our Sintra. At this time we are only offering waiting list sign-ups to our Wine Club members. Those on the waiting list will be invited to a special release party and tasting event when the Sintra is ready. Because of its very limited nature, tastings of Sintra will not always be offered.

If you would like to join the wine club and sign up to be one of the first to sample and own Sintra, please click here! And let us know to add you to the waiting list!

Already a club member? Please send Lissie ( and email to reserve your bottles.

Give Mom a Treat!

15% off Wine & Cheese


Your Mom has done a lot for you, now is a great time to show your appreciation! Reserve a seat in our new private tasting room at our Marathon Village location now through May 15th and save 15%!

Our Wine and CHeese pairings are just the thing that Mom would love. Eight of our award-winning Tennessee wine perfectly paired with 4 local cheeses, Olive & Sinclair chocolate and seasonal fruits and nuts. It’ll be an experience to remember and Mom will love experiencing it with you!

Pairings are only available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and spots are limited, so book today!

Vines & Vintage Market October 29th!


We are so excited to be taking part in this year’s Vines & Vintage at Rippavilla Plantation! This is a wonderful market full of wineries, antiques and local crafts in a beautiful setting! We hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Paticipating wineries include:

Pickers Creek Winery * Paris Winery * Grinder’s Switch Winery * Amber Falls Winery * Keg Springs Winery * Beans Creek Winery * Natchez Hills Winery * Sumner Crest Winery * Tennessee Homemade Wines * Lynchburg Winery * The Winery at Old Mill

Red, Wine and Blue Giveaway!


We are excited to start our #redwineandblue giveaway! All you have to do is follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and show us how you are celebrating summer with Grinder’s Switch Winery wine! Make sure you tag it with #redwineandblue to be entered. We will be sharing your photos all week and we will choose a winner on July 10th! The winner will get a gift certificate to be used in store or online! (You must be 21 to win).

Happy Summer, y’all!

We’ll see you in Gatlinburg!

The Gatlinburg Wine Tour on Friday, April 8 and Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest on Saturday, April 9 offers wine aficionados a weekend of tasting the finest of Gatlinburg’s culinary fare and Tennessee wines.

You can find Grinder’s Switch Winery on Saturday, April 9, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., for the 4th Annual Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Guests at Wine Fest will have the chance to tour the world-renowned art galleries of Arrowmont. Sanctioned by Tennessee Wineries Association, the highly successful Wine Fest will feature 17 wineries from across Tennessee providing samples of their labels along with small dish fare from the best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains. Wine talks and food pairing demonstrations will be presented by the best sommeliers in Tennessee and top chefs in Gatlinburg.

Click here for more info!

Oh, the weather outside is frightful…

In the case of inclement weather, we will be closed. Please visit our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on any Grinder’s Switch Winery news!

New Winter Hours for Centerville

Our Centerville location will be open daily from 12-5pm until Daylight Savings time starts this Spring. Thanks y’all!