Sumner Crest Winery in Portland TN, began as a place to stay near Nashville for us. THEN we entered this amazing Winery. As we opened the front door, we actually stopped and said wow. This was not the typical winery that we had gotten used to visiting. There was so much to take in at once, you really did have to stop for a moment and just look all around you to appreciate your first impression.
Sumner Crest Winery was created in the summer of 1997 by Mr. Justin Hall. A Master winemaker, Chris Wallin, is responsible for the delicious taste of Tennessee wines to temp your palates.
The friendly, knowledgeable staff were currently busy with a group who were doing a wine tasting so we took the opportunity to wander around the maze of this establishment.
Sumner Crest had so much to offer to compliment any event that you would be serving wine at. They even had fun items, for birthdays right down to Tea Towels for camping. According to Sumner Crest Winery, there was no reason in the world Not to have Wine on hand haha.
Then it became our turn to experience the wine tasting. Sherie was our guide and so fun to deal with. We learned so much as we sipped our samples. The history and knowledge this woman had on each variety of grape was amazing.
After several tastings, we had to narrow it down before we bought too many. You are not required to purchase wine after the tasting, it is totally up to you. But since we were there and enjoyed the wine, and we had a free place to stay for the night, we decided it was only fair to purchase a bottle or two.
There’s something for everyone at Sumner Crest Winery!
Sumner Crest even offers a summer concert series on the lawn out front. Apparently this has become a favorite with the locals as well as those travelling through. Customers are invited to bring chairs or blankets to sit on the lawn with their bottle of wine and picnics and listen to free live music. As the night progresses, you may see more than a few people on the dance floor. For information, please see their website.
Sumner Crest is located is 30 miles north of Nashville and not far off the highway which makes them a great location to stay at if you need a place. Enjoying their hospitality is just a wonderful side benefit.
If you are interested in this lovely building with their antique mahogany bar, adored with Moser and cranberry pieces from the 1800’s or even the 1930 antique Roaster. The website is www.sumnercrestwinery.com