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24th Annual WineFest

24th Annual WineFestThe Annual WineFest will be held at Habersham Winery in Helen, Georgia. This is your chance to taste Georgia wines made locally all over the state in one location. Activities include food, live music, and of course wine!

Member wineries from the Wine Growers Association of Georgia participate in the event.

Returning to WineFest this year, Tim P. White will perform live throughout the event including original and covers songs in genres of rock, folk, alternative, alt. country, americana, and more.

24th Annual WineFest
May 7, 2016
12:00 pm – 5 ppm

Location:
Habersham Winery
7025 South Main Street
Helen, Georgia 30547

More Information:
www.habershamwinery.com
(706) 878-9463

Annual Spring Wine Highway Weekend

Winegrowers Association of GeorgiaThe Winegrowers Association of Georgia is holding their Annual Spring Wine Highway Weekend on March 21st & 22nd, and March 28th & 29th. This year will be their biggest event with 18 members who will participate. If you have not participated before, you pay your admission fee ($40.00/person) at any of the participating wineries where you will receive a souvenir glass, and Passport that you will take to each winery you visit. Your admission allows you access to the participating wineries over both weekends so you can take your time and enjoy the experience. Check out their Wine Map to plan your trip.

Hours:
Admission Fee: $40.00
Saturdays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sundays: 12:30 pm to 5:00pm

Frogtown Cellars 2011 Vineaux Blanc

Located in the “Dahlonega Plateau”, the Frogtown Cellars estate property is a 57 acre vineyard and winery complex located at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains. Founded in 1998 by Craig and Cydney Kritzer, the winery is consistently recognized as one of the most awarded wineries outside of California.

On Frogtown’s 44 acres of North Georgia vineyards, 25 different wine grape varieties are planted. In total there are 23,000 grape vines capable of producing up to 180 tons of premium wine grapes each year. This tonnage equates to over ten thousand cases of estate grown wine per year. Today, we feature two of their white varieties.

Crisp and refreshing, the Frogtown Cellars 2011 Vineaux Blanc is a blend of barrel and steel fermentations of Seyval Blanc and Viognier grapes. Ripe, tropical fruit abounds on the nose. Notes of lemon, pineapple and grapefruit show prominently on the palate. A well made wine.

Frogtown Cellars 2011 Vineaux Blanc

Wolf Mountain Vineyards 2008 Instinct

Today’s featured wine comes from Wolf Mountain Vineyards, located in Dahlonega, Georgia. Overlooking the foothills of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, the vineyard is situated on top of Wolf Mountain at an 1,800 foot elevation. Established in 1999, with the preparation of the 30 acre estate for grape growing, the winery opened to the public in the early spring of 2003. Fast forward to today, the winery has 5,000 vines planted and has exceeded that number in annual case production.

A Rhone-style red wine, the Wolf Mountain Vineyards 2008 Instinct is produced with estate grown fruit from their vineyard in Lumpkin County. A blend of 50% Syrah, 19% Touriga, 17% Mourvèdre and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, the varieties are aged in new French and Hungarian oak for 12 months before being blended and re-barreled for 8 more. Complex and full-bodied, the wine pairs nicely with hearty meals.

Highly recommend.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards 2008 Instinct

Unicoi Wine Festival 2014 Details And Giveaway

Plan a North Georgia mountain getaway an hour north of Atlanta during the first Unicoi Wine Festival event, 11 am – 5 pm, November 1 at Georgia Historic Site Hardman Farm at the junction of US Highway 75 and Highway 17 just outside of Alpine Helen, Georgia in Sautee Nachoochee. Soak up an autumn mountain day complete with wine tastings and bottle sales from all of White County’s Wineries featured on the Unicoi Wine Trail. Enjoy local fine arts and local handcrafted items, great food and awesome entertainment throughout the day. Tables, chairs and tents will provide an enjoyable relaxing venue for attendees to drink in nature literally while enjoying fine wine and great music. A visit to the Unicoi Wine Market booth will allow patrons of the event to purchase bottles of the favorite award winning Unicoi Wine Trail wines and Unicoi Wine Festival memorabilia. Guided tours of the Historic Hardman Farm will be available throughout the day. Unicoi Wine Festival Parking is free and includes shuttle service to and from parking lots. The events costs $30 per person and includes a commemorative wine glass and 12 tasting tickets (for ages 21 and older). Additional tasting tickets may be purchased at the Unicoi Wine Market booth. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.UnicoiWineFestival.com and like the event on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/UnicoiWineFestival. Download the Unicoi Wine Trail App in the Apple Store and Google Play for more information on the Unicoi Wine Trail Vineyards & Wineries, Events, Tours and the Unicoi Wine Festival. Featured Wineries: The Cottage Vineyard & Winery Habersham Winery Sautee Nachoochee Vineyards Serenity Cellars Sylvan Valley Cellars Yonah Mountain Vineyards Each winery will feature 4 of their wines at the Unicoi Wine Festival. These wines will also be available for purchase at the event. One lucky reader will win 2 complimentary tickets to the event. Enter the giveaway below.

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Rules: Winner and guest must be 21 years of age and respond to winning email within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Name, address and email must be communicated. Tickets will be held at will call, photo id must be shown.

Unicoi Wine Festival 2014

EventPhotoFull_Wine Festival Logo (2)The Unicoi Wine Festival will take place on Saturday, November 1st at the Hardman Farm on Highway 17 in Sautee Nacoochee, across from the Indian Mound. Come enjoy wine tastings, gourmet food, live music and local art!

Entertainment Schedule
Matt Fried: 11 am – 1:00 pm
Jeremiah and Chris Bahre: 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Free Steak Dinner: 3:30 pm – 6 pm

Wineries
Habersham Winery
Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards
Yonah Mountain Vineyards
Serenity Cellars
Sylvan Valley Cellars
The Cottage Vineyard & Winery

For event registration, please click here.

3rd Annual Dahlonega Wine Trail

Welcome to “The Heart of Georgia Wine Country”. Following the success of the late summer / pre-harvest 2013 DWT last August, the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau, along with Dahlonega’s five unique wineries, will host the 3rd Annual “Dahlonega Wine Trail” (DWT) weekend passport event. The DWT experience will begin Saturday, August 16th at 12:00pm Noon – 5:00 pm and continue Sunday, August 17th from 12:30 pm until 5:00 pm. Wine enthusiasts can enjoy weekend-long festivities at Dahlonega’s award-winning wineries and beautiful vineyards as well as the always relaxing visit to Dahlonega and Lumpkin County’s destination amenities and attractions.

Dahlonega Wine TrailDahlonega Wine Trail event passports are only $30 per person including a Souvenir Glass (for the first 1,200 people). Your passport is good for the weekend of August 16 & 17 for one visit to each winery. Ticket stubs in the passport are redeemable at each winery for free tastings. Many local tasting rooms in downtown Dahlonega are also offering specials for passport holders.

Passports are available, and wine trail patrons are encouraged to begin the trail event, at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center in downtown Dahlonega (13 South Park Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533) – come get your passport to the wine trail with maps, visitor guides, and other helpful information.

Establishment of the Upper Hiwassee Highlands Viticultural Area

On Friday, July 18, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau published the final rule in Federal Register establishing Georgia’s first official American viticultural area.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) establishes the approximately 690-square mile ‘‘Upper Hiwassee Highlands’’ viticultural area in Cherokee and Clay Counties, North Carolina, and Towns, Union, and Fannin Counties, Georgia. The viticultural area does not lie within or contain any other established viticultural area. TTB designates viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.

This final rule is effective August 18, 2014.

All relevant rulemaking documents and public comments concerning this viticultural area are posted at the Regulations.gov website in Docket No. TTB–2013–0008

For a copy of the official announcement, click here.

The Georgia Wine Country Festival

Dahlonega’s Original Wine Festival returns for the 13th Year in 2014 with free General Admission. A Wine Garden featuring guest Georgia Wineries from around the state will be presented for a fee inside the festival. Georgia BBQ by Rib Country and Bonelick BBQ, Georgia wine, and Georgia beer will also be available to purchase. Music during the weekends includes the Polite Jazz and Standards of Tommy Dean and Mike Ewbank AKA Moose & Squirrel, Old Time, Americana and Bluegrass of The Buzzard Mountain Boys, The Mossy Creek Gypsies, Jefferson Ross and more. Festival hours are every Saturday from 11-5 and Sundays from 12-5. Call 706-865-9463 or visit www.ThreeSistersVineyards.com for more information.

Georgia Wines 2014 Spring Wine Fest

The Georgia Winery of Ringgold has announced their partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area for their 2014 Spring Wine Fest! Georgia Winery’s first ever Spring Wine Fest is May 10th. The winery invites attendees to spend the day sipping fine wines from local wineries in the company of good friends. This fun Saturday event is sure to help you shake off the winter doldrums. Not just for wine lovers, the evening will also feature breweries. Live music by Amber Fults and The Power Players Show Band will help to set the tone for a fun afternoon that you won’t soon forget. There will also be a wine class at 3:00 pm. The festival – located in Ringgold, Ga – goes on rain or shine on May 10th, 2014. In addition to handcrafted Georgia wines there will also be delicious food from The Muenster Truck. This event is open to anyone aged 21 years and over. $5 from each ticket will be donated to Habitat for Humanity!

This event is taking place of the Georgia Winery’s Mother’s Day Sale. There will be no 25% off case discount this year. The Georgia Winery encourages their guest to join the Wine Club and receive 20% of cases all year long! When you sign up for the Wine Club at the Spring Wine Fest, you will receive a free t-shirt!

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area is a locally organized and governed nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization that has been building simple, decent and affordable homes in Chattanooga, Tennessee, since 1986. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area partners with volunteers and low income families to build affordable housing. The houses are sold to these families at no profit and with no interest. (habichatt.org)