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Col. Poole’s Bar-B-Q is a southern roadside barbecue joint that you can’t help but notice as you drive by. It’s bright yellow and red building is prominently located along GA-515 and shares space with their unique “Pig Hill of Fame” – a hill covered with hundreds of painted wooden pigs. In addition to the Pig Hill of Fame, there are many pig puns scattered throughout the property (pig-a-boo, pig-moby-il, taj-ma-hog, etc).
The tasty “bar-b-q” (with choice of 6 sauces) and sides are served on styrofoam plates with disposable utensils. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Brace yourself for very heavy republican politics – the owner is a very active member of the republican party and the walls and tables are literally covered with GOP memoribilia.
THU: 11:00am – 7:00pm
FRI: 11:00am – 8:00pm
SAT: 11:00am – 8:00pm
SUN: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Bar-B-Q sandwiches start at $4.79 and come with great sauces
Col. Poole’s Orignal Recipe BBQ
Col. Poole’s Sweet BBQ
Side items start at $2.49
No beer or other alcohol is available
Col. Poole’s Orignal and Sweet BBQ Sauces can be purchased to take home
Located near Ellijay on one of the most beautiful, park-like riverfront sites is Ellijay River Vineyards. There is currently no permanent building or tasting room, but there is a “wine tasting tent” set up on the property’s border with the Ellijay River.
Bring a picnic and enjoy some wine in this natural setting — complete with the relaxing sound of rushing water. Riverfront picnic tables, chairs, swings, and benches are available, as well as a couple of lawn games to enjoy with your family. Leashed dogs are welcome to visit.
Wine is available for sale by the bottle or glass. Bathrooms are available in the Red Barn (on site), but require a 5 minute walk / quick drive from the tasting area. There is plenty of outdoor space to enjoy, but be aware that there are no indoor public areas at this vineyard.
Note that as of April 2018, they have sold out of red wine, and more is not expected until August 2018. Although they do not grow grapes for sweet wines, they do have a Georgia-grown peach wine available from Sweet Acre Farms Winery.
SAT: 1:00pm – 8:00pm
SUN: 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Wine tastings priced at $6 (when available)
4 x 1oz tastes
Red wine is currently sold out (expected to be available August 2018)
One of Georgia’s newest vineyards is Ott Farms and Vineyard near Ellijay. Although they opened briefly for the 2018 Wine Highway Week, they are currently not open to the public while they finish construction on their brand new tasting room. They hope to be opening in June 2018. Look forward to a very friendly and knowledgeable staff, easy drinking wines, and some of the best views around!
Not currently open to public
Expected opening June or July 2018
$7 – $8 Glasses of Wine
$20 – $28 Bottles of Wine
Golden Promise ($7 / $22) – 100% Georgia grown blend of Seyval Blanc and Traminette
Cartecay Vineyards is just outside of Ellijay, GA, and has a Tasting Barn that is a refurbished century-old barn. Today it sits on the same site and has the same footprint as when it was first constructed. When weather permits, the Chimney Patio also includes a Tasting Bar where live music is performed on Saturdays and Sundays. Cartecay Vineyards was planted in the Spring of 2008 has grown to include 13 acres of planted vines.
While their facilities have a lot of charm, their wines and tasting room experience are not as inviting as other area vineyards. It took a while to be acknowledged at the bar, and even though there were 2 bartenders when we arrived, they both disappeared (for over 5 mintues) during the middle of our tasting. Plus, when we were offered blended wines, the employee did not tell us anything about what they contained. Even the printed “tasting sheets” did not include the usual information regarding contents of the wine.
Engelheim Vineyards located near Ellijay, GA is a German-themed vineyard and winery that also serves as a great venue space. The large tasting room includes stone floors, vaulted ceilings, antique furnishings, and an oversized stone fireplace. Choose from a variety of great wines that include sweet and dry, red and white. Enjoy the vineyard views of rolling vineyards and distant mountains.
Open 7 days a week. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Leashed pets are welcome.
MON: 12:30pm – 6:00pm
TUE: 12:30pm – 6:00pm
WED: 12:30pm – 6:00pm
THU: 12:30pm – 6:00pm
FRI: 12:30pm – 6:00pm
SAT: 12:30pm – 6:00pm
SUN: 12:30pm – 6:00pm
$10 Wine tastings
any 5 wines (includes dry and sweet, red and white)
$7 – $11 Glasses of Wine
$19 – $35 Bottles of Wine
Bottles can be purchased online for shipping to select states at Vinoshipper
5% discount on half case
10% on case or more
$10 Vineyard & winery tours
45 min – 60 min
Tour the vineyard and winery with the owner, Gary Engel approximately 45 mins to an hour. $10/person.
Monday, Thursday, Friday (appointment only)
Saturday, Sunday: ~3 pm (call ahead to check for availability)
WINE CLUB & DISCOUNTS
Wines are selected by the winemaker, and may include all red wines, all white wines, or a combination.
Receive a discount and other vinyard benefits including free tastings for 2 guests when visiting the winery, advance notification regarding events at the winery, plus:
Alpine Level – 20% wine discount (purchase 24 bottles, then place two orders of 18 bottles each at the two discounted shipping periods)
Bavarian Level – 15% wine discount (purchase 12 bottles, then place two orders of 12 bottles each, at the two discounted shipping periods)
Edelweiss Level – 10% wine discount (purchase 12 bottles, then place two orders of 6 bottles each at the two discounted shipping periods)
Black Forest Barrel Club 20% wine discount
Members will purchase a new oak wine barrel that will be utilized by Engelheim Vineyards for an approximate six (6) year period to insure complete wine fermentation and all wine contents are depleted
Professionally engraved plaque applied to the barrel with the member’s name
One free case of wine from the barrel at anytime after the wine is bottled
Beautiful vineyard space for weddings, graduation parties, anniversaries, or any other party
Ceremony can seat up to 100 Tasting Room (up to 300 in vineyard)
Peak seasons are Fall and Spring
Engelheim Vineyards has special events throughout the year. Check the online calendarfor specifics:
Wine pairing classes & dinners
Participates in the annual Georgia Wine Highway event during Spring