Cartecay Vineyards’ Southern Appalachian Holidays

By on December 11, 2012

Cartecay Vineyards

There’s a holiday ambiance in the Ellijay, GA, mountains at Cartecay Vineyards that beckons friends and guests alike. The popular facility provides a fun and unique setting to relax, enjoy and host your holiday parties. There’s nothing quite as cozy as driving up the road, spying the curl of smoke from the chimney, and entering the gaily decorated Nealey barn in this singular Southern Appalachian retreat. It simply adds warmth to the season.

Caretcay Vineyard’s manager, Kathy Love, points out the quaintness of the popular establishment, “You get a sense of true, rustic Appalachia here.” She notes the authenticity of the Nealey barn and the use of the original structure’s barn wood throughout the tasting barn. “And that helps to create the ambiance of the turn–of-the-century (1900s) southern Appalachia.”

This much desired atmosphere is available for after-hours private holiday parties at the special holiday rate of $250. After-hours parties are available from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., and include the use of the entire facility, including the tasting room (Nealey Barn), the converted hay loft, above the tasting room, and the outside chimney patio area. The converted hay loft can also be rented this holiday season for private parties during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, for the special holiday rate of $125. If special decorating, music, bartending or food is desired, the Cartecay staff can help (subject to additional fees). Please call to inquire: 706-698-9463 (WINE).

The gift shop features hand-made candles, set into Cartecay Vineyard’s logoed wine glasses and wine bottles, which are available in a variety of scents. The distinctive chimney logo is also a popular imprint on coasters, cutting boards, tote bags, wine bottle openers, and both short and long sleeved tee and sweat shirts, all of which make great holiday gifts for the wine-lover in your life.

cartecay vinyards  5winesIn addition to the retail items in the gift shop, Love makes note of the two new wines Cartecay Vineyards recently released: Chimney Red, a blended red wine, and Traminette, a sweet, white wine. Chimney Noel, a limited edition seasonal wine, set to be released the first week in December, is only available during the holidays. It makes for a great gift and serves to highlight any special occasion during the season.

Cartecay Vineyards’ hours of operation for December and the first week of January are: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. January hours of operation (beginning January 7) are: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 12:30p.m.-5:30 p.m., and Monday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to holiday private parties at Cartecay Vineyards, check out the list of events for the months of December and January.

Events at Cartecay Vineyards

  • December—Live music every Saturday from 1:30 to 5:30pm
  • December 1 and 2 Mountain Wine Country Holiday Weekend Wine Tour
  • December 31—New Year’s Eve Live music from 1:30-5:30pm
  • January 1—New Year’s Day 11am to 6pm
  • January—Live music every Saturday, 1:30-5:30pm, except for January 26,
    live music 1 to 5pm
  • January 26—Wine and Wild Game Dinner, 6:30pm, with limited reserved seating,
    $75 per person.

If you are looking for a festive, inviting holiday atmosphere to hold your special holiday event, give Cartecay Vineyards a call to reserve your date. Book your party, then relax, knowing that you and your guests will enjoy a true, rustic, Southern Appalachian Christmas. AC

Cartecay Vineyards is located at 5704 Clear Creek Rd., Ellijay, GA 30536. Telephone: 706-698-9463 (WINE). Visit us at or


Photos by: Kathy Love