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Atlanta — By Linda Erbele on February 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm
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Spring and Georgia’s Wine Highway Weekend

It’s time again for the Wine Highway Weekend. This will be a beautiful spring weekend, and North Georgia’s wineries are all in scenic areas — so a drive through the mountains along with visits to the wineries and tastes of food and wine is a combination that will make a weekend of very special memories.

Participants pay $20 at the first winery they visit and get a special glass – which becomes your admission to the other wineries for the weekend. Many of our wineries welcome people in their gift shops and on winery tours seasonally. Wine Highway Weekend participants though, will be treated to more complete tastes or other special offerings, such as enhanced tours, gourmet food tastes or discounts on paired meals.

Among the events are live music, tours and a three-course dinner for $35 per person at Montaluce (in Dahlonega, see website for directions.) Tiger Mountain Vineyards will have vineyard tours, live music, release of their best-selling ‘06 Rabun Red and grilled sausage along with Georgia’s Sweet Grass Cheese. Persimmon Creek Vineyards is having a special wine dinner (call for reservations.) Yonah Mountain Vineyards will have jazz by Monica Spears and hors d’oeuvres from Bernies in Sautee (see map.)

Georgia’s wine growers are spread out – many through the North Georgia Mountains and it will be tough to see them all. Some have tasting rooms that are offering specials too, including Corks & Crumbs in Ellijay and Naturally Georgia in Dahlonega. (You can taste more than one Georgia wine at these tasting rooms.) Habersham Winery in Helen offers tastes of some other Georgia wines as well as its own.

For the best experience, make reservations at one of the Winegrower’s Association’s affiliates — these are inns, lodges and bed and breakfasts, many of which serve Georgia wines and are participating in the Wine Highway Weekend with specials of their own. They are listed on the website, but here are a few: the Stovall House Country Inn and Restaurant in Sautee (see map,) the Beechwood Inn in Clayton, Smithgall Woods Lodge in Helen, the York House in Rabun Gap (see map,) Brasstown Valley Resort in Blairsville, Edelweiss German Inn in Sautee, Glen-Ella Springs Inn in Clarkesville (see map.)

A few of the wineries are offering meals (check their websites) but additionally, the affiliate restaurants that have paired Georgia wines with their meals.  Here are just a few at which I have enjoyed meals: the Vines European Cuisine at the Edelweis German Inn in Sautee, (see map) Corkscrew Cafe’ in Dahlonega, the Blue Bicycle in Dawsonville, Nacoochee Grill in Helen.

(Photos: Mountains, personal. Meal – Vines European Cuisine at the Edelweis German Inn in Sautee. Used with permission.)

Related places:
  1. A
    Yonah Mountain Vineyards Tasting Room
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  2. B
    Stovall House
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  3. C
  4. D
    1789 Bear Gap Rd
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  5. E
    747 Duncan Bridge Rd, Cleveland, GA 30571
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