Awaking WildFire Hits The Great Smoky Mountains
November 28th, 2016. A wildfire has affected “The Heart of The Smokies” within seconds. Damaging parts of the Great Smoky National Park and businesses we work and visit. Destroying homes of the local residents and jobs that they rely on. The Rocky Top Wine Trail wineries and distillery located directly in Gatlinburg, TN appear to have made it through the wild fire. Gatlinburg businesses will be closed until further notice. Our employees from Sugarland Cellars Winery, Sugarland Cellars Satellite, and Doc Collier Distillery have been relocated at other wineries along The Rocky Top Wine Trail. Providing them with work, they truly need during moments like this. The wineries in the Pigeon Forge/Sevier County area are open for business. As Don Collier, owner of Mountain Valley Winery, says, “ . . .in a situation like this we need to create a sense of normality,” this comforts those in need. We have received many messages on facebook asking how to help, here is how.
There are many ways to offer your help to those affected
The Rocky Top Wine Trail has set up a fundraiser where you can help their team members who have been affected by this devastating wild fire. Six of the employees confirmed that they have lost their personal possessions (some of them without insurance). There are 6 more who are waiting to find out the status of their homes. Our hearts hurt for our community and our employees. These funds received will be divided equally among the employees who have lost their housing. Basic necessities will be needed such as toiletries, clothing, housing deposits, etc. The goal is to get our people back on their feet as soon as possible and would really appreciate any support that you can give. As of now, Mountain Valley Winery, located at 2174 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, is also excepting donations and other necessities for our employees.
We would like to have our wine lovers continue visiting the Great Smoky Mountains and The Rocky Top Wine Trail. We are not letting a tragic incident like this break our community down. With the kind thoughts and prayers of everyone we appreciate everything and we would like you to keep up that support! #PrayForTheSmokyMountains #TheseAreMyMountains