Nashville Scene: “City Winery Is Now Officially an Actual Winery”

Nashville Scene had some kind words to share about our wine debut!city_winery_wines

“Since opening a little less than a year ago, City Winery has positioned itself as a premiere performance venue offering some excellent dining and drinking opportunities thanks to its restaurant, its bar program and a tremendous wine list. But what it wasn’t was a winery. In addition to a vast selection of fine wines from around the world, City Winery has offered several private label wines under its own name, products that have actually been crafted at other City Winery facilities and partner vintners.
But that’s beginning to change. Recently, City Winery has actually been making wine in the large room at the back of the showroom, and two of their offerings are now available to sample and purchase in the new Tasting Bar, which is open  Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. until closing, as well as during major performances. You can also order the wines along with a meal in their restaurant.

Their first two local offerings also carry Nashville-inspired names. Roundabout Red is a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon made with juice sourced from Mendocino County in Northern California. This wine has been aged in a mixture of French oak and neutral for a year and then blended by the winemakers at Nashville’s City Winery facility. Medium-bodied and food-friendly thanks to its balanced tannic structure, Roundabout Red is available for $23 per bottle.

City Winery’s first local white wine release is their 2014 Two Rivers Chardonnay, sourced from grapes grown in California’s Russian River Valley. So the two rivers are the Russian and the Cumberland in this case, though fortunately the water source from the vineyards does not come from our local waterway. Two Rivers Chard sells for $18 in City Winery’s Tasting Bar.

Until now, City Winery has been taking delivery of aged wine and blending it in their local facility for bottling and serving from kegs as part of their wine-on-tap system at the restaurant and bar. However, by the end of August, they’ll actually be crushing grapes at City Winery, making it a fully operational production winery. Grapes will be sourced from California, Washington, New York and other prime grape-growing regions and then transported in refrigerated trucks to Nashville for destemming and crushing. Maceration and fermentation will take place in stainless-steel tanks before the wine is transferred to a mix of new and used French and American barrels for aging, where it will rest in repose for 12 to 18 months before selling.

Now that it is a working winery, City Winery will have even more ambiance, especially for those who rent out the barrel room for private events. If your timing is right, you’ll actually be able to see the winemakers practicing their craft during a lunch visit of perhaps an afternoon happy hour. While I do respect the various Tennessee wineries that are doing their best with indigenous grapes, I personally feel that City Winery has made the right choice by sourcing most of their grapes from vineyards that benefit from environments that are simply much more conducive to growing vitis vinifera grapes.

It should be quite interesting to see what comes out of the winery as they continue to expand their portfolio of locally produced wines. Drop by some weekend soon and let us know what you think of the new City Winery wines.”

City Winery
609 Lafayette St.



We’re thrilled to have City Winery Nashville nominated in the Tennessean’s Toast of Music City Reader’s Choice Awards 2015! City Winery has been included in 6 different categories and we need your help to get our name up front. We feel honored to be part of Nashville’s ever-growing community and hope to keep indulging this city’s passion for great live music, delicious food, and amazing wine. We thank you for all the support thus far!

Get your vote it in here.


Big news from our Winery!

It wasn’t clear before, but let it be known that City Winery does indeed produce wine right here in Nashville.  City Winery winemakers have been working diligently in our cellar to create some exclusive blends for Nashville’s palates, and our first three labels have been bottled. They will be available for souvenirs, gifts, and even to simply take home and enjoy on your own starting July 23rd.
On July 23rd City Winery will open up it’s Tasting Bar within the walls of the City Winery’s restaurant and begin offering tastes of our current wines for you to enjoy onsite or for retail purchase.  Tastings will include individual tastes of our two labels for a nominal price, as well as flights and tours for you and your friends.  The cost of tastes may be waived with certain retail purchases.  City Winery will also be receiving its first crop of grapes from California Napa Valley late August . Coming soon will be the introduction of our barrel purchase program, our wine club tier of our VinoFile program, and growlers to go!  Also, keep your eye out for our collectable Artist Wines available night of a show, as well as Crush events for you to come get your hands dirty!
Below are some details about our first wines that we’ll be featuring! These wines were blended, cellared, and bottled at our facility here in Nashville.
Roundabout Red
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino County, California

Barrel Aged about year, Combination French Oak/Neutral Oak
pH: 3.80
13.7% Alcohol by Volume
110 Cases Bottled
Tasting Notes: Tart Montgomery cherries and pomegranate drive the aromatics of this wine, with notes of rich coffee, herbal sage and violet on the back end. This medium-bodied wine boasts balanced tannins and a fresh, long finish, with bright acidity which makes it a perfect companion for a variety of foods.
Naming notes: We chose the name “Roundabout Red” since this wine was our very first blend on site. For those familiar with Nashville, you’ll know that our location is right off of the roundabout at 8th Avenue South, and we felt Roundabout Red was a great name for an all-around unique red blend.
Pairing Notes: Share a carafe of Roundabout Red in our Restaurant with our delicious house-made Charcuterie plate or KLD Farm Burger. Feeling creative? Take a bottle to-go and drink it alongside a meal with roasted eggplant, rich tomato sauces, fresh berry pie.
Two Rivers Chardonnay
2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California

Barrel Fermented, Neutral French Oak
pH: 3.71
14.1% Alcohol by Volume
Cases Bottled: 72
Tasting Notes: A savory nose of green olives and oregano,  juxtaposed with tinges of fresh fig and sweet blood orange. The subtle oak allows for grapefruit and lemongrass notes to come through on the palate, along with a crisp, light mouthfeel and clean finish.
Naming Notes: Fruit was sourced in Russian River Valley, California. The wine was Barrel Aged in neutral French Oak Barrels for about a year. We felt with the Two Rivers of the Nashville area and the grapes originating from the Russian River, that this was a perfect name for our first Chardonnay.
Pairing Notes: Have a glass of Two Rivers Chardonnay on tap in the Restaurant alongside Chef’s Pork Braciola or Crispy Rapini Flatbread. Or, bring a bottle home with you and serve it with herb-crusted chicken thighs, or a slab of strong Gorgonzola cheese.NEXT: We will be receiving our own grapes for full-scale production this fall. Stay tuned for more news on Wine Wednesday!


Tasty Tuesday

Starting today, City Winery Nashville is introducing Tasty Tuesday! Our new special features $2 Oysters and $5 Cava. We’ll get started every Tuesday at 5 PM (rain or shine) and when weather permits our restaurant patio will be open to enjoy. Summer just got that much more exciting!

City Winery Hosts GLADD’S Concert For Love And Acceptance

City Winery Nashville proudly held GLADD’s inaugural “Concert For Love and Acceptance” recently and the turn out was phenomenal!  The occasion was of historic proportions as it was the first-of-its-kind country music event, coinciding with CMA Fest.

The sold-out event was headlined by Ty Herndon and co-hosted by singer/political figure Meghan McCain. Among the star-studded line up to join Herndon were: Deborah Allen, Antigone Rising, Nashville’s Chris Carmack, Desmond Child, Meghan Linsey, Jamie O’Neal, Crystal Gayle, Melinda Doolittle, Tiffany, Shelly Fairchild, Jennifer Knapp, Levi Hummon, and Anita Cochran.

Thank you to all those who participated and for allowing us to host this groundbreaking event in Music City!

P.S. Don’t forget to join us for The Gay Ole Opry taking place June 26th in the Lounge. Tickets are available  here.