2015 Americana Fest at City Winery Nashville


The 2015 Americana Music Festival & Conference is right around the corner and City Winery Nashville is so thrilled to take part of this one-of-a-kind annual event! We’ll be having a show on all four nights during the fest and hosting the Thirty Tigers Gospel Brunch. Tickets for individual nights are on sale HERE and they are selling quick, so get them while they last! Our lineup for each night is as follows:

Tuesday 9/15

8 PM – JD & The Straight Shot

9 PM – Jewel

10 PM – JD Souther

11 PM – Donnie Fritts and John Paul White

 Wednesday 9/16

10 PM – The Contenders

11 PM – James McMurtry

12 Midnight – Patty Griffin

 Thursday 9/17

8 PM –  The Pine Hill Project (ft. Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky)

9 PM –  Eilen Jewell

10 PM –  Dustbowl Revival

11 PM –  Miss Tess & The Talkbacks

12 Midnight –  Jeffrey Foucault

 Friday 9/18

8 PM – T Sisters

9 PM –  Amy LaVere

10 PM –  Anderson East

11 PM –  Margo Price

12 Midnight –  The Band of Heathens

 Saturday 9/19

8 PM –  Leyla McCalla

9 PM –  The McCrary Sisters

10 PM –  Doug Seegers

11 PM –  Gretchen Peters

12 Midnight –  The Hello Strangers

 Sunday 9/20

11 AM- Thirty Tigers Gospel Brunch: The McCrary Sisters host and perform w/ performances by Jonathan Tyler, Ruby Amanfu, Leigh Nash, and Bonnie Bishop.

About Americana Music Festival:

For four nights, September 16-19, the Americana Music Festival will feature approximately 165 live performances at over nine music venues in the vicinity of downtown Nashville.

Wristband wearers may attend ALL evening showcases at ALL participating venues on ALL nights. This does NOT include admission to the Riverfront Park event on Saturday. You must purchase a ticket to attend that show.

**Please note: Wristbands do not guarantee entry if venue is at capacity. In the event of a line, conference registrants have priority access.


To give you even more of a reason to see Kevin Nealon when he comes to City Winery Nashville on August 21st, we’ve compiled a “Top 5 Kevin Nealon” list:

  1. Kevin Nealon got his career jumpstart when he joined SNL in 1986! He holds a title as one of the faux news anchors on the popular ongoing sketch “Weekend Update” AND was one of the longest running cast members to date.
  2. He starred alongside fellow SNL alum Adam Sandler in the classic 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore.
  3. He ALSO starred in Showtime’s admired comedic series Weeds as “Doug Wilson” alongside Mary-Louise Parker.
  4. Nealon became an accomplished writer when he came out with his first book “Yes, You’re Pregnant, But What About Me?”, which was published in 2008.
  5. And LASTLY, he is an accomplished banjo player! Making it all that more appropriate to be joining us at City Winery Nashville.

Save the date y’all! Get your tickets to either his early or late show AND the Meet & Greet.




Actor/comedian Kevin Nealon will be here at City Winery Nashville on August 21st! Famously known for his time on Saturday Night Live and Showtime’s comedic series Weeds, Nealon will be doing a one-of-a-kind stand-up set. There will be an Early & Late Show w/ a Meet & Greet available. We hope to see you here!


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!