The Wine Growers Association of Georgia—Georgia’s Fine Wine Producers

By on February 11, 2014

Wine Growers Association of Georgia

Meet the people. Share the passion with the Wine Growers Association of Georgia.

Discover the beauty and taste the quality of north Georgia’s developing wine region.

The Wine Growers Association of Georgia invites you to experience the beauty of our vineyards and taste the quality of our wines, many of which have won National and International competitions. With so many medals won by our wineries, north Georgia is emerging as a prominent wine growing region.

Over the weekends of March 22nd, 23rd and March 29th, 30th the Wine Growers Association of Georgia (WAG) will once again hold its Spring Wine Highway.Fourteen member wineries will participate and all will provide multiple wine samples and special events to patrons who purchase a passport, ticket.The cost of the passport is $30.00 per person and provides access to tastings at all 14 wineries during the event.The passports may be purchased at any participating winery during the event.

The Wine Growers Association of Georgia is comprised of 15 winery members, numerous vineyard members and boasts an impressive network of associate members, made up of lodging, restaurant, and outdoor activity partners.WAG was organized to promote and market Georgia wines, and to increase the public awareness of Georgia wines, as well as to facilitate research in Georgia viticulture and vinfication techniques.

Georgia has a lengthy history of wine making that originated during the colonial days of the 18th century.It was part of James Edward Oglethorpe’s economic plan to introduce European Viticulture to Georgia.

culture feb2014 3At the beginning of the 20th century, Georgia had 20,000 acres of wine grapes, making it the sixth largest wine producer in the United States.However, prohibition would bring the successful vineyard and winery operations to an end.In 1907,Georgia became one of the first states to prohibit the sale and distribution of alcohol.This regulation set the industry back from a high of approximately 20,000 acres to only about 200 acres of Vinifera and French American hybrid varietals, which are still planted today.

Today a farm winery renaissance is taking place across Georgia.Over two-dozen north Georgia wineries, comprising of over 200 acres of vineyards produce nearly 50,000 cases of wine annually.

The real explosion in vineyard and winery development has been in recent years.Over a dozen wineries have opened in the last five years in north Georgia, and more are planned. Newly developed Farm Wineries vary in age–from newly planted vineyards to enjoying their first harvest this coming Fall. The growth can be attributed to the success of the premium European varieties and hybrids thriving in the area, as well as the draw of the lifestyle that vineyards and wineries provide.

North Georgia’s wineries are producing award winning wines, attracting tourists, and giving a boost to our local economy.In addition to the wineries, there are family vineyards throughout the north Georgia Mountains. Many of them welcome visitors and are happy to share their stories and plans.

culture feb2014 4Our vineyards range in size from 1 to 30 acres. There are many different varietals of grapes and there are almost as many different methods of planting those grapes.Topography, variety of grape, trellis system, and plant spacing all account for differing methods of viticulture.Each vineyard must take all of these variables into account before planting, and hope they have the right combination to maximize grape quality and production.

As you visit all our wineries during the Spring Wine Highway this March, take a look at the various vines.Try and guess the age and type of vines you encounter.You will be amazed at the variations in the vines, as well as the varying characteristics of each wine you taste.

culture feb2014 2Come taste a perfect day in Georgia, and discover the passion that you’ve been missing.Our mountains provide the perfect place to escape the ordinary and embrace the exceptional.You can be active in your pursuit of outdoor excursions from golfing and mountain biking to back-country hiking, camping, and rafting. We also boast some of the best places for relishing relaxation and indulgence.Experience the luxury of an area bed and breakfast or country inn, browse our antique stores and local art galleries, and savor the cuisine of both casual and fine dining options, all of which are nestled in our north Georgia wine country.

Once you are here, you’ll know why the locals are smiling.When we offer you a glass of our wine, you’ll realize that you will be holding something as impressive as our mountain landscape.This may be the Peach State, but grapes are our passion, and the clusters in our vineyards produce award-winning wines, which are gaining national recognition and fueling the emergence of North Georgia as a prominent wine region.

 

Wine Growers Association of Georgia Spring Wine Highway
March 22nd, 23rdand 29th, 30th. The $30.00 Passport gives you access to 14 Wineries’ tastings and special events.

Additional information, including web Links to our member wineries, vineyards and partners, is available on line at our website: Georgia Wine.com.

Get Your Passport and Wine Tour Map at These Participating Wineries

12 Spies Vineyards and Farm
550 Black Branch Road
Rabun Gap, GA 30568
813. 335. 2886

Cartecay Vineyards
5704 Clear Creek Road
Ellijay, GA 30536
706. 698. 9463

Cavender Creek Vineyards
3610 Cavender Creek Road
Dahlonega, GA 30533
770. 823. 9255

Crane Creek Vineyards
916 Crane Creek Road
Young Harris, GA 30582
706. 379.1236

Habersham Winery
7025 S. Main St. (GA Hwy 75)
Helen, GA 30545
706. 878. 9463

Hightower Creek Vineyards
7150 Canaan Drive
Hiawassee, GA 30546
706. 896. 6287

Montaluce Winery and Estates
946 Via Montaluce
Dahlonega, GA 30533
706. 867. 4060

Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards
98 Nacoochee Way
Sautee, GA 30571
706. 878. 1056

Serenberry Vineyards
450 Tipton Trail
Morganton, GA 30560
706. 623. 8463

Serenity Cellars
265 Laurel Ridge Road
Cleveland, GA 30528
706. 348. 1277

Sharp Mountain Vineyards
Rathgeb Trail
Jasper, GA 30143
770. 735. 1210

Cottage Vineyard and Winery
5050 U.S. 129
Cleveland, GA 30528
706. 865. 0053

Tiger Mountain Vineyards
2592 Old Highway 441
Tiger, GA 30576
706. 782. 4777

Yonah Mountain Vineyards
2454-B hwy 17
Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
706. 878. 5522