Organizers of the inaugural Upper Cumberland Wine Festival, billed as the “first of its kind for the region,” say it was a huge success.

More than 700 people on Saturday participated in what’s expected to be an annual event. The festival was held in the historic riverboat town of Granville to launch the community’s winetrailspring-and-summer event season.

“We pre-sold about 300 tickets and had another 400 show up and buy tickets at the gate,” said Ruth Dyal, executive director of the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association, w20160409_150925hich helped arrange the party.

Eight wineries in the 14-county region are stops along what’s known as the Upper Cumberland Wine Trail. Three are nearby Center Hill Lake — Cellar 53 in Brush Creek, DelMonaco in Baxter and Northfield Vineyards in Sparta.