Harvest Market – Sept. 22nd

Harvest Market 2018

The 2018 Harvest Market will again boast the creations and wares of local artists, farmers, and more on the charming grounds of Grinder’s Switch Winery in Centerville, Tennessee.

Wander through the canopies featuring displays of artisans, creators, farmers, and vintage vendors and shop from their wares. Metalsmitted jewelry, pottery, turned wood bowls, pasture-raised local meats, maple syrup & honey, farm tables & fire pits, hand stitched aprons and bags, small-batch soaps, and authentic vintage treasures are just a few things that will be available. From under the gazebo, symphonious sounds will fill the air performed by The Centerville String Quartet, starting at noon and playing throughout the afternoon.

Satiate any cravings with mouth-watering treats like philly cheese steaks, funnel cakes, fried pork rinds from the food truck (that’s only a few examples from the menu!).

Harvest Market 2016

Do you consider yourself a wine lover?

Do you have deft skills with a corkscrew? Who of your friends can carry a tray of full bottles and glasses with balance and poise? Gather up your team (three per team) and register to compete in the Uncorked! Relay Race. We will have a video example of how the Relay works coming up soon — stay tuned for it! Costumes are more than welcome. Tickets are available online if you want to compete in the Uncorked! Relay Race and all proceeds will benefit our local women’s shelter Women Are Safe. Get practicing! Games start at 1p.m.

What else?

That’s not all, of course. Inside the Winery’s tasting room you can enjoy free samples of their award-winning wines which range from dry to sweet and feature some estate grown vintages.

The much anticipated newest release from Grinder’s Switch Winery is Sintra, an exceptional port-style wine made with Touriga Nacional grapes harvested from their own vineyard in 2015. Touriga Nacional, is a red wine grape originally from Portugal and is widely considered to be one of the finest from that area (also the home of Port). Sintra has been aging in oak barrels for 3 years and the supply is limited —this one is so special the there is a charge for a sample.

Mark your calendar for September 22nd to join us for a fun day at the 7th annual Harvest Market! We’d love to see you!

Vendor application here >> http://gswinery.wpengine.com/harvest-market-2018-now-accepting-vendor-applications/

Harvest Market 2018 – Now accepting Vendor Applications

It is time once again for our annual Harvest Market at Grinder’s Switch Winery!

This year will be a little different, instead of a Grape Stomp we are changing gears and hosting the Uncorked Wine Relay Race. It promises to be a blast! We are also happy to have the Centerville String Quartet providing music for our event. The date for the Harvest Market is September 22nd.

We would like to invite farmers, artists and crafters to showcase their wares, talents and/or services at the
Harvest Market. This year we are also opening the opportunity to allow a couple vintage vendors to join us. All
items must be handmade by you, grown on your farm, or locally produced, or authentically
vintage (not manufactured to look as such).
This is a juried show as space is very limited. Please get your applications in early!

Download the application here! >>> HMvendorappFULL2018

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.

Be the first to experience Sintra!

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.

Our release party for our very first vintage of Sintra has been scheduled for July 21st and 22nd. Please head over to our reservations page to purchase your tickets! Ticket proceeds will be donated to Women Are Safe Domestic Violence Shelter.

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!