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Watauga Lake Winery, Butler

#19 of 50 in Wineries in Tennessee
Winery / Vineyard · Food & Drink
Watauga Lake, located east of Elizabethton, Tennessee, is the local name of the Watauga Reservoir created by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) with the 1948 completion of the TVA Watauga Dam.
The Cherokee National Forest surrounds both the Tennessee Valley Authority Watauga Reservoir and Wilbur Reservoir in an area of northeast Tennessee that TVA describes as being located " some of the most beautiful country in the Tennessee River watershed."
Construction of Watauga Dam began in early 1942 but was curtailed later that year in favor of other World War II building efforts. Work on TVA Watauga Dam resumed in 1946, and finished at the end of 1948, impounding both the Watauga River and Elk River for the purposes of flood, hydropower generation and downstream navigation on the Tennessee River and Reservoir system.
The original town of Butler, Tennessee, now sits at the bottom of Watauga Lake. "New" Butler was relocated to higher ground above the summer pool edge of the TVA reservoir. Other nearby Tennessee cities and communities include Hampton, Elizabethton, Roan Mountain, Mountain City, Johnson City, and Bristol.
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  • We stopped by for the first time on a Saturday when we were in the area. First, it is a nice drive getting to the winery through some incredible scenery. Once there, the outside is a bit...  more »
  • My sister and I spontaneously visited this area. Had a wonderful time.We love the laurel creek white wine. We were not aware that food was available. The aroma of the food was wonderful. Next time we....  more »
  • Great staff, great wine, and great pizza!! Today my family discovered this wonderful winery. We loved the atmosphere of the old schoolhouse. We thoroughly enjoyed our bottle of sangria while we waited for our pizza! The staff was awesome and we even met with the owners, who gave us some background on the cool schoolhouse. I can’t wait to visit again!
  • Outstanding experience, delicious pizza, and wonderful wines. The family owned winery was super busy for the holiday weekend, but the owners went out of their way to be sure to try to accommodate everyone. We enjoyed a lovely bottle of sangria and the pepperoni pizzas were definitely worth the wait! My two sons loved the specialty red, white, and blue pizza and the old schoolhouse photos and pictures. We will certainly be back!

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