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.For Watauga Lake Winery and beyond, use our Butler trip website to get the most from your Butler vacation.
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 "...in 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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Watauga Lake Winery reviews
Definitely worth visiting. The staff was extremely nice, they really made th experience. The wine tasting is affordable as is the bottled wines. I tasted the sweeter wines and they were very good...
Definitely worth visiting. The staff was extremely nice, they really made th experience. The wine tasting is affordable as is the bottled wines. I tasted the sweeter wines and they were very good... more »
Have to be honest. Wife and I were visiting from Florida and dropped the kids off for River Rafting. Having some time on our hands we started to drive. Came across a winery and wasn't impressed so.... more
Have to be honest. Wife and I were visiting from Florida and dropped the kids off for River Rafting. Having some time on our hands we started to drive. Came across a winery and wasn't impressed so.... more »
You will have a little drive to get here but do not let that dissuade you from making a visit. I promise it will all be worth it when you get here. The people who work here are wonderful and very helpful. Definitely check out their wood fired pizza and the charcuterie plate.
Definitely worth the drive. We enjoyed a fun wine tasting, delicious pizza, the best bottle of sangria wine we have ever had and the people were supper nice. Our best wine tasting experience ever.
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