Spirits and wine along the Natchez Trace have a long and outstanding history. Landlocked farmers with no direct access to the sea needed a way to ship their produce to markets.
Corn and grapes were too precious of a commodity to make the 2 month long, wet journey by river raft to Natchez. Corn was made into liquor, or illegal moonshine, and grapes were turned to wine, both out of necessity and its fabled medicinal benefits. Barrels of spirits were easier to transport than hundreds of pounds of corn, which spoiled so very easily or the extremely fragile grapes. These barrels were unloadedand sold at the notorious Natchez under the Hill and the Spirits added to the reputation of bawdiness of this river town. Once sold, these barrels of spirits turned into hard to come by currency.
Long Trek Home
Now the adventure took a dangerous turn; a three month long trek home along the Natchez Trace. Outside the long arm of the law, highwaymen and criminals knew those heading north had money in their pockets and were easy prey. For those that made it home the money went to plant more corn and grapes.
Today's Wine Trail
Today the adventure continues along the Natchez Trace Wine Trail. Relive the history and romance of the Trace while enjoying the same wine that added to the reputation and traditions from this unique chapter in American History. Lewis County is proud that 3 wineries call us home. Amber Falls Winery & Cellars, Keg Springs Wineries, and Natchez Hills Vineyard. Get their complete information at Chamber, then members tab. http://www.ntwines.com/. Watch our video dedicated to our local wineries: http://youtu.be/-0Vc8vrMp-U