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The annual Georgia Wine Highway event began Friday, March 16th and runs through Sunday, March 25th. This tour of North Georgia Mountain vineyards includes wine tastings at each vineyard and a commemorative souvenir wine glass. At only $50 to sample so many great wines from over 20 vineyards, this is a fantastic deal!

2018 Wine Highway Week - Passport and Participating Wineries - GaMountainsGuide.com
2018 Wine Highway Week – Passport and Participating Wineries

No online passport purchases are available, but you may purchase your 2018 Wine Highway Passport at your first stop at any of the 22 participating vineyards. Hours are Mon – Fri 1:00pm to 5:00pm, Sat 11:00am – 5:00pm, Sun 12:30pm – 5:00pm. I was able to make it to all 22 vineyards this year – a big thanks to my driver for making it possible (always drive safely).

Tickets / Passports are $50 each.

 

Map of Wine Highway Week Participating Vineyards

NOTE: Above map only shows vineyards participating in the 2018 Wine Highway Week.

Click here for a map of ALL area vineyards

  1. 12 Spies Vineyards & Farm, 550 Black Branch Rd, Rabun Gap, GA (5 wines +)
  2. Bear Claw Vineyards, 2281 Tennis Court Rd, Blue Ridge, GA (5 wines – all white)
  3. Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Rd, Ellijay, GA (choice of 5 wines)
  4. CeNita Vineyards & Winery, 591 Dock Dorsey Rd, Cleveland, GA (5 wines +)
  5. Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA (choice of 5 wines)
  6. The Cottage Vineyard & Winery5050 Hwy 129N, Cleveland, GA (5 wines)
  7. Crane Creek Vineyards916 Crane Creek Rd, Young Harris, GA
  8. Currahee Vineyard & Winery, 372 Cawthon Road, Toccoa, GA
  9. Engelheim Vineyards, 127 Lakeview Rd, Ellijay, GA
  10. Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery, 201 Vineyard Way, Jasper, GA (5 wines)
  11. Habersham Vineyards & Winery, 7025 South Main St, Helen, GA (6 wines)
  12. Hightower Creek Vineyards, Hiawassee, GA (5 wines)
  13. Kaya Vineyard & Winery5400 Town Creek Rd, Dahlonega, GA (choice of 5 wines)

    Kaya Vineyards & Winery View from Deck - GaMountainsGuide
    Kaya Vineyards & Winery View from Deck – GaMountainsGuide
  14. Odom Springs Vineyards, Winery, Tasting Room & Lodge, 637 Odom Rd, Blairsville, GA
  15. Ott Farms & Vineyard, 230 Henry Evans Rd, Ellijay, GA (5 wines)
  16. Paradise Hills, 366 Paradise Rd, Blairsville, GA
  17. Serenberry Vineyards450 Tipton Trail, Morganton, GA
  18. Serenity Cellars, 265 Laurel Ridge Rd, Cleveland, GA (choice of 5 wines +)
  19. Sharp Mountain Vineyards110 Rathgeb Trail, Jasper, GA  
  20. Stonewall Creek Vineyards, 323 Standing Deer Lane, Tiger GA (5 wines)
  21. Tiger Mountain Vineyards,  2592 Old Highway 441 South, Tiger, GA (5 wines)
  22. Yonah Mountain Vineyards1717 Highway 255 S, Cleveland, GA (5 wines)

Note that a “+” next to the number of wines served indicates that we had a bartender who opted to share an additional sample taste based on our preferences. These bonus samples are not guaranteed, but you may find yourself with an extra sample if crowds allow time to chat with the bartender.

More details from GeorgiaWine.com:

The Winegrowers Association of Georgia is sponsoring its annual Wine Highway Week beginning Saturday March 16th through Sunday March 25th, 2018. This is a great way to see and experience the views and wonderful wines of Northeast Georgia. Our wineries offer great wines that are grown and produced here in Georgia, many of which have won local, regional, national and international awards.

Travelers will receive a “Wine Highway Week” collectors’ glass and Passport which will give them admission to ALL participating wineries at no additional charge. Be sure to keep your Passport and Collectors glass with you at all wineries visited! Member wineries and Affiliate Members will each provide their own unique open-house format, with many offering food and wine pairings, music, barrel and library wine tastings and more!

 

*** UPDATE *** 

We spent 5 days with the 2018 Wine Highway Week passport and were able to visit all 22 of these great vineyards and wineries! As expected, the crowds were larger on the weekends, but the wineries were also busier than usual on the weekdays due to this event. Overall a great time and highly recommended!

Wine Highway Passport Complete  - GaMountainsGuide.com
2018 Wine Highway Passport – Complete!

 

Click here to learn more about the variety of great Vineyards and Wineries in the Georgia Mountains!

A portion of the Georgia Mountains will be in the totality of the Solar Eclipse happening on August 21, 2017! There are a number of places and events where you can join festivities aimed at maximizing the viewing experience. Please note this page is still a work in progress (I have a few more updates and data points to share).

Ga Mountains Eclipse Path 2017 - GaMountainsGuide.com
Ga Mountains Eclipse Path 2017 – GaMountainsGuide.com

McCaysville in Fannin County

Totality starts 2:34:08 p.m. and will last for 1 min, 34 sec

Morganton in Fannin County

Totality starts 2:34:45 p.m. and will last for 1 min, 10 sec

  • Total Eclipse of the Sun Afternoon on the Farm by The Cooks’ Farm – (1 – 5) $125 per person, August Total Eclipse menu will feature duck, honey, pork, pickles, produce from our farm properties, and assorted beverages and spirits! Chefs volunteer for the day to learn new skills, raise funds for the farm and its animals, and continue to support Lit’l Pond’s mission of sustainability. Seating limited to 40 guests.

Blairsville in Union County

Totality starts 2:34:54 pm and will last for 1 min, 59 sec (Partial phase starts 1:05 pm)

  • Branan Lodge/Wesley Mountain Village Viewing Party
  • Crossing Creeks Eclipse Party 
  • Food Truck Festival & Viewing Party – Spend the day (11-4) at Meeks Park with your friends and family. Food trucks will be onsite for your dining pleasure. FREE admission. Sponsored by Rotary of Union County.
  • Paradise Hills Winery & Spa Eclipse Viewing Party – enjoy the event (12 – 6) featuring live music provided by the local high school Steel Drum Band! General Admission ($15) includes access to venue, viewing glasses & live music. VIP Admission ($40) includes access to venue, viewing glasses, live music, souvenir wine glass, 1 glass of wine, appetizers and VIP private viewing area in the vineyards.
  • Solar Eclipse Block Party & Farm to Table Luncheon @ The Sawmill Place – Enjoy a delicious Farm to Table lunch (bring your lawn chairs to tailgate or limited inside seating) while you prepare to witness this natural phenomenon! $100 includes all of the following: 1 reserved parking place at The Sawmill Place restaurant, 4 meals (fresh salad, Springer Mountain fried chicken tenders, fresh locally grown peas, red skin mashed potatoes, grilled corn cakes, beverage, & dessert), Access to the restaurant for drink refills and restrooms, Event memorabilia goodie bag, Solar eclipse sunglasses. Portion of the proceeds to benefit Union County Schools Science Dept.
  • Viewing Party @ Union County High School Football Stadium

Hiawassee in Towns County

Totality starts 2:35:01 p.m. and will last for 2 min, 27 sec

  • Total Solar Eclipse Retreat – Aug, 18-22, Enota Mountain Retreat Center – reconnect with the four elements, air, water, earth and fire culminating with the once in a lifetime total eclipse of the sun. vspotz.com
  • Eclipse Party – Aug. 21, 1-5 pm, Cane Creek Vineyards. cranecreekvineyards.com

Blue Ridge in Fannin County

Totality starts 2:35:07 p.m. and will last for 35 seconds

Dillard in Rabun County

Totality starts 2:35:38 p.m. and will last for 2 min, 38 sec

  • Outasight – Aug. 20-21 An eclipse viewing party at Rabun Gap-Nacooche School with music, food and astronomers explaining the physics of the eclipse. $5 admission includes eclipse glasses. explorerabun.com/total-eclipse
  • Dillard House – Aug. 21 – outdoor BBQ and Solar eclipse. dillardhouse.com
  • Dillard Experience Extraordinary – Aug. 19-20 – Fun, food and great activities at Dillard City Town Hall
  • Solar Eclipse Family Fun – Aug. 19-21 – A weekend of fishing and kid-friendly activities with a square dance and fish fry on Saturday night. andystroutfarm.com
  • Black Rock Mountain State Park – details coming soon. All campsites are already booked for the eclipse weekend
  • River Vista RV Resort – Aug. 18-23 – Eclipse film, kids crafts including eclipse viewers. rvmountianvillage.com

Sky Valley in Rabun County

Totality starts 2:35:42 p.m. and will last for 2 min, 38 sec

Clayton in Rabun County

Totality starts 2:35:46 p.m. and will last for 2 min, 35 sec

  • Timpson Creek Farm Eclipse Viewing Party and Cook Out – (12:30 – 8) celebrate with a cook out including fresh, Organic farm dishes prepared by area chefs and a whole hog pit roasted on site by Nick Jennings (executive chef of Restaurant Lorene). Event begins with light refreshments to watch the Eclipse occuring just after 2:30 PM. Following the event, proceed to buffet style farm meal with live music and a bonfire. Includes glasses you will need to watch the event safely. ($20 ages 12+ or $50 family 2 adults + 2 kids under 12)

Tiger in Rabun County

Totality starts 2:35:46 p.m. and will last for 2 min, 32 sec

  • Coach, Bus, RV and Campsites for Eclipse Viewing – Aug. 20, opens at 5pm to Aug. 22 noon, Rabun Arena – all sites reserved in advance – rabunarena.com

Tallulah Falls in Rabun County

Totality starts 2:36:06 p.m. and will last for 2 min, 21 sec

  • Tallulah Gorge Solar Eclipse Festival – Aug 21, 1-3pm, Tallulah Gorge State Park – Stations to make or use eclipse viewing instruments as well experts on hand to answer eclipse questions. Schools are encouraged to bring students. gastateparks.org

Toccoa in Stephens County

Totality starts 2:36:36 p.m. and will last for 1 min, 59 sec (Partial phase starts 1:07 p.m.)

  •  Totally Toccoa Street Party is in Historic Downtown Toccoa (12 – 3) in the First Citizens parking lot across from the Ritz Theatre. We will have food, live music, and giveaways, including safety glasses which will be provided to everyone! We will also be live-streaming the NASA presentation inside the Historic Ritz Theatre.

Helen in White County

Totality starts 2:35:47 p.m. and will last for 1 min, 41 sec

Clarkesville in Habersham County

Totality starts 2:36:18 p.m. and will last for 1 min, 44 sec

  • Total Eclipse of the Park (12 – 4) in Pitts Park will feature live entertainment, food, and family-friendly activities. Free water and eclipse viewing glasses will be available at the park. FREE.

Hartwell in Hart County

Totality starts 2:37:48 p.m. and will last for 1 min, 52 sec

Royston in Franklin County

Totality starts 2:38:20 p.m. and will last for 45 sec

Dahlonega

  • Kaya Vineyard and Winery Total Solar Eclipse Watch Party 2017 –  watch party begins at 1:00pm and ends at 5:00pm. Ticket includes a Kaya SWAG bag which includes: a Kaya t-shirt (first come first serve for sizes), stemless wine glass, koozie, a taste of 4 Kaya wines, and glasses to watch the entire solar eclipse! This day will be filled with food, beverages, and science!