1717 Hwy 255 S, Cleveland, GA (Cleveland area)
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Yonah Mountain Vineyards – Tasting Room Entrance

Located a scenic 5 miles East of Cleveland, GA, Yonah Mountain Vineyards boasts one of North Georgia’s largest vineyards at over 200 acres. Visit this beautiful, open space and Georgia’s only wine cave (reserve a weekend tour). Enjoy wines inside in the tasting room, or outside on the gorgeous patio with views of the vines and Yonah Mountain. This modern vineyard and winery is committed to sustainability and is an official Tesla Charging Destination for your electric car (learn more in this 11min video about their Tesla-powered vineyard). Tasting flights include a Yonah Mountain Vineyards etched Riedel Glass. Free High-Speed Wi-Fi.

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Yonah Mountain – Tasting Room

HOURS

  • SEASONAL: Spring (Mar 1) – Early Fall (Nov 1)
  • MON: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • TUE: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • WED: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • THU: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • FRI: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • SAT: 11:00am – 7:30pm
  • SUN: 12:30pm – 6:00pm

COST

  • WINE TASTING FLIGHT:
    • $20 for a white, red, or mixed flight of wines
    • $15 without glass
  • WINE CAVE TOUR and TASTING: Saturday 12:00pm, 1:30pm, & 3:00pm
    • $40 – Advance Reservations and Payment Required
    • 90-minute program
      • Walking tour of Yonah Mountain Vineyards’ winery and wine caves
      • Tasting of three barrel samples of unreleased wines and finishes
      • 5 additional pours of current releases
      • Yonah Mountain Vineyards etched wine glass
  • RESERVE WINE TASTING: 2nd SUNDAY (FEB – OCT) at 2:30pm
    • $100 – Advance Reservations and Payment Required
    • 90-minute program
      • Walking tour of Yonah Mountain Vineyards’ winery and wine caves
      • Seated comparison tasting, curated by owner Bob Miller (taste Yonah Mountain Vineyards wines vs. fine wines from around the world)
      • Gourmet cheese and charcuterie pairings
  • Outdoor Seating Available with Scenic Views
  • Cheese plates & bottled beer are available
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Yonah Mountain Patio & Views

WINE CLUB & DISCOUNTS

  • Three Yonah Mountain Wine Club Tiers:
    • Bronze (8 bottles / year) 10% discount
    • Silver (12 bottles / year) 15% discount
    • Gold (24 bottles / year) 20% discount
  • First Access to Library Releases, Wine Club Event Invitations, and Reserve Wine Tastings
  • Free tastings of 5 wines for 2-4 people
  • Free Tour de la Cave & Barrel tasting for 2-4 people

WEDDINGS

  • Weddings for 30 to 550 people (reception tables and chairs for up to 200 guests)
  • Vineyard Wedding Venue with Professional Event Manager & Month-of-Wedding Coordinator
  • Rehearsal – Day before, up to 90 minutes
  • Private Bridal & Groom Suites
  • Event Staff, Beverage Service Staff, & Parking Attendants

ANNUAL EVENTS

  • The Crusher Vineyard & Trail Race [2018: Saturday, May 26]
    • $50 (12K) or $40 (6K) Race at 7:30am
    • 1 mile Fun Run (Free) at 7:00am
  • Crush Fest [2018: Saturday, August 25, 11a-7p]
    • $40 per person ($35 for Wine Club Members)
      • access to all the festivities (traditional barefoot grape stomping accompanied by live accordion and guitar music )
      • 4 three-ounce wine tastings
      • take-home souvenir wine glass
    • $25 General Admission (no wine tastings)
    • Free for Children 16 and under

CONTACT & VISIT: Yonah Mountain Vineyards

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Yonah Mountain – Entrance

REVIEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA

  • FACEBOOK: @YonahMountainVineyards Rated 4.8 (400+ Facebook reviews), 14,000+ Likes
  • Google+: +YonahMountainVineyards
  • INSTAGRAM: @YonahMountainVineyards 3,000+ Followers
  • TripAdvisor: Rated 4.5 (200+ TripAdvisor reviews)
  • TWITTER: @YonahMountWines
  • YELP: Rated 4.5 (60+ YELP reviews)
  • YouTube Channel: 10 videos

ADVANCE PURCHASE DISCOUNTS

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Yonah Mountain Vineyards – Drive to the Tasting Room

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Yonah Mountain Vineyards – Entrance from the Highway

 

Visit the Vineyard & Wineries page for a Map of the vineyard options available in the Georgia Mountains!

5704 Clear Creek Rd, Ellijay, GA
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Cartecay Vineyards – Entrance to Tasting Barn

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.

  • Indoor seating available
    • Couch next to wood-fire stove
    • Upstairs hay loft
  • Outdoor seating available
    • Covered patio next to tasing room
    • Open upstairs deck
    • Chimney patio (tables with umbrellas)
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Cartecay Vineyards – Hay Loft Deck View

HOURS

  • MON: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • TUE: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • WED: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • THU: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • FRI: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • SAT: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • SUN: 12:30pm – 5:30pm
  • SEASONAL HOURS:
    • closed for holidays

COST

  • $10 Wine Tastings Flights
    • choice of 4 wines
    • includes souvenir tasting glass
  • $17 – $24 Bottles of Wine
    • 5% discount on half cases
    • 10% discount on full cases
  • $7 Wine Slushies
  • $3.50 Hard Ciders (Mercier Orchards)
  • $20 cheese plate
  • Soft drinks available
  • Small gift shop
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Cartecay Vineyards – Chimney (circa 1890’s) and Chimney Patio

EVENTS

Live Music on the Chimney Patio

WEDDINGS

Available for use as a Vineyard Wedding Venue

  • Call +1 (706) 698-9463
  • Also available for private events

The driveway and parking area are gravel (plan footwear accordingly).

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Cartecay Vineyards – Sign at Entrance

CONTACT & VISIT: Cartecay Vineyards

REVIEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA

  • FACEBOOK: @CartecayVineyards Rated 4.7 (300+ Facebook reviews), 5600+ Likes
  • INSTAGRAM: @CartecayVineyards 800+ Followers
  • TripAdvisor: Rated 4.0 (150+ TripAdvisor reviews)
  • TWITTER: @CartecayWine 275+ Followers
  • YELP: Rated 4.0 (35+ YELP reviews)
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Cartecay Vineyards – Vines and Picnic Tables

 

Visit the Vineyard & Wineries page for a Map of the vineyard options available in the Georgia Mountains!

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!

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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!

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2018 Wine Highway Passport – Complete!

 

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

7025 South Main Street, Helen, GA
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Habersham Winery Entrance – GaMountainsGuide

Conveniently located on the main road between Helen and Sautee lies the Habersham Winery. One of the oldest and largest Georgia wineries, Habersham has been producing wines since 1983. There are no vineyards to roam at this tasting room, but you will be able to sample reds, whites, and blends. The tasting room is located inside the main building housing a gift shop with art, pottery, and wine accessories. Choose to sample your wines inside, or venture out to their covered patio. Two flavors of wine slushies are available year-round, but they go especially well with a hot summer day!

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Habersham Winery Menu – GaMountainsGuide

Tasting Room Hours 

  • Tasting flights are $7.50 for 5 wines + souvenir glass
    • MON – SAT: 10am – 6pm
    • SUN: 12:30pm – 6pm
  • Reservations suggested for groups of 10+
  • Wines may be purchased by the glass ($6 – $10)
  • Bottles of beer available ($4.50)
  • PRO TIP: Chocolate lovers should try their Wine in a Chocolate Cup ($5)

EVENT: Annual Wine Fest 

  • 26th Annual Wine Fest will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • 10+ participating wineries, gourmet food samples, food vendors
  • Live music, artists
  • Tickets $30 (advance) / $35 (at gate) includes:
    • 15 tasting tickets (tastes of wine are 1, 2, or 3 tickets)
    • souvenir wine glass
  • Additional tasting tickets in 5 packs for $5
  • $10 for Non-Drinkers
Habersham Wines
Habersham Wines

Wines (750ml bottle prices 3/2018)

HABERSHAM ESTATE ($7 / glass)

  • $14 CHALET WHITE – Blend of Chardonnay and white Riesling
  • $14 CHEROKEE ROSE – Medium dry and fruity
  • $16 GA. HABERSHAM CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 – lighter style, yet rich from smooth oak
  • $16 GA HABERSHAM MERLOT 2012 – Cherry, hints of raspberry, soft oak finish (from Stonepile / Mossy Creek / Blackstock Vineyards)
  • $16 GEWÜRZTRAMINER 2015 – Medium dry, aromatic white wine with hint of peach and an apricot finish offers
  • $16 NV HABERSHAM CHARDONNAY – Stainless steel fermentation
  • $14 SCARLETT – Red & white dry blend Chambourcin, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Vidal, and Riesling
  • $14 SIGNET – blend of Vidal, Chenin Blanc, and Chardonel
  • $16 TRAMINETTE 2016 – Medium dry white with a crisp finish

SOUTHERN HARVEST ($6 / glass)

Sweet wines from Southern Muscadine grapes

  • $13 BELLE BLUSH – Sweet, fruity, blend of Muscadine and Chambourcin
  • $13 GA WHITE MUSCADINE – Sweet white that tastes like “adult grape juice”
  • $13 GRANNY’S ARBOR – Sweet blend rich with aromas and taste of blackberries
  • $13 HERITAGE RED – Sweet red wine, richly fruity, not heavy. Over 50% Muscadine (serve chilled)
  • $13 PEACH TREAT – Like biting into a fresh peach

CREEKSTONE ($8 / glass)

  • $13 AMERICAN VIOGNIER 2015 – Crisp white wine with notes of peach, apple, & honeysuckle
  • $22 GA. CREEKSTONE CHARDONNAY 2016 – Apple, ripe pear, honey, and a hint of oak with a rich, buttery finish
  • $30 GA. CREEKSTONE RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2016 – Rich, creamy with hints of butterscotch and smoky oak
  • $22 GA. CREEKSTONE CABERNET SAUVIGNON – Rich black cherry, hint of blueberry, smoky Hungarian oak (Georgia grown at Mossy Creek / Stonepile vineyards)
  • $20 GA. CREEKSTONE MERLOT – Oaky, with hints of vanilla and black cherry
  • $30 GA. CHAMBOURCIN 2016 – Big, sweet, port-like, desert wine fortified to 19.5% alcohol ($10 / glass)

Winery Discounts

  • 10% Off Half Case (6 – 750ml bottles)
  • 15% Off 1-2 Cases (12-24 – 750ml bottles)
  • 20% Off 3+ Cases (36+ – 750ml bottles)

CONTACT & VISIT: Habersham Vineyards

REVIEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA:

Visit the Vineyard & Wineries page to see an interactive Map of the Georgia Mountain Vineyards.

 

2100 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA

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Chateau Meichtry Entrance – GaMountainsGuide

Chateau Meichtry is a remotely-located, beautiful vineyard near Ellijay, where you can enjoy a variety of red & white wines. A-la-carte food options are available for purchase (choose from cheeses, salami, prosciutto, crackers, & cheese straws), or you may bring your own picnic lunch. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, and the patio has live music on weekends (weather permitting).

The parking area is not paved (plan footwear accordingly).

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Chateau Meichtry Tasting Room Entrance

HOURS

  • MON: 11:00am – 6:00pm
    • closes 5pm January – August
  • TUE: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • WED: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • THU: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • FRI: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • SAT: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • SUN: 12:30pm – 5:30pm
    • Live music on Saturdays & Sundays
  • Vineyard Tours available on Saturdays & Sundays
    • Reservations required
    • $30 per person (includes 5 tastings, a glass of wine, glass to take home)

COST

  • Three tasting flight options:
    • $85 wines (your choice)
    • $126 wines (your choice) & finish with double pour of wine in a chocolate cup
    • $185 wines & keep your souvenir Chateau Meichtry engraved Riedel glass
  • Wines may be purchased by the glass / bottle
  • Gift cards availalbe online in $25 increments
  • Reservations suggested for groups of 10+
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Chateau Meichtry Patio & Live Music

WINES

  • Pinot Grigio – Slow and gentle fermentation with minimal manipulation brings a Pinot Grigio with extraordinary character. An ever-so-light pink color comes from extended skin maceration from this light-blue grape. This Pinot Grigio pairs excellently with grilled tilapia and roasted vegetables. Clean and crisp with a wonderful mouth filling viscosity, this wine is the perfect wine for white wine lovers.
  • Chardonnay Reserve – This classic Chadonnay was barrel fermented in 100% new Hungarian oak for 9 months. Weekly stirring of the lees brings this complex chardonnay layers of Pineapple, Citrus and caramel. The perfect wine for Georgia shrimp and grits.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – This Cabernet was aged in a combination of French, American, and Hungarian oak barrels to integrate the subtle fruit and vanilla flavors with very fine tannins. Enjoy this wine with a Black Angus Cheeseburger.
  • Georgia Merlot – This North Georgia Merlot is a lush and exciting representation of the Georgia Terroir. Extended barrel-aging in French oak gives this wine a nice balance. A rush of black fruit with slight hints of pepper lead way to a long lasting finish. Enjoy with Applewood smoked chevre and crisp.

WEDDINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS

  • Wedding Packages for Monday – Thursday start at $1,500
  • Wedding Packages for Friday start at $2,000
  • Wedding Packages for Saturday & Sunday start at $2,500
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Chateau Meichtry Patio View

CONTACT & VISIT: Chateau Meichtry

REVIEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA

  • FACEBOOK: @NGaWines Rated 5 (400+ Facebook reviews), 5,000+ Likes
  • INSTAGRAM: @ChateauMeichtry 1,000+ Followers
  • TripAdvisor: Rated 5.0 (100+ TripAdvisor reviews)
  • TWITTER: @ChateauMeichtry 200+ Followers
  • YELP: Rated 5 (45+ YELP reviews)

Visit the Vineyard & Wineries page to see an interactive Map of the Georgia Mountain Vineyards.

550 Black Branch Rd, Rabun Gap, GA (Northeast GA area)
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12 Spies Vineyards & Farm – Tasting Room and Covered Patio

12 Spies Vineyards and Farms is located in Rabun Gap, in the Northeast corner of the Georgia mountains. The refreshing smell of crisp, clean mountain air hits you instantly upon arrival at this vineyard and winery. This tasting room is a GaMountainsGuide favorite and features a variety of wines from sweet to dry in white and red. Enjoy your wine on the “Vino Veranda” or at one of the picnic tables and adirondack chairs on the large, grassy green lawn. Beautiful views of the mountains and vineyard. Picnic baskets are welcome to enjoy with your 12 Spies wines.

Dogs on a leash are welcome outside. Parking area is not paved (plan footwear accordingly).

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12 Spies Vineyards & Farm – Entrance to 12 Spies Vineyard

HOURS

  • MON: CLOSED
  • TUE: CLOSED
  • WED: CLOSED
  • THU: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • FRI: 1:00pm – 6:00pm
  • SAT: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • SUN: 12:30pm – 5:00pm
  • Closes for holidays
  • Other hours available by appointment for groups of 6+
  • Tours of the vineyard and winery are available during non-peak hours

COST

  • Wine tastings $1 per pour
  • $4 Souvenir glass
  • $7 – $9.50 Glasses of wine
  • $17 – $27 Bottles of wine
  • Cheese trays are available with advance request at (706) 490-0890
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12 Spies Vineyards & Farm – Tasting Room and Mountain Views

EVENTS

  • Friday Night Pizza
    • Seasonal, starts early April
    • Bring your own pies, and let 12 Spies cook your pizza for you
    • Oven is ready at 6pm, pizzas take about 6-7 min to cook
  • Participates in the annual Georgia Wine Highway Week in March
  • Live music on occasion, check website for details
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12 Spies Vineyards & Farm – View of lawn, vines, and mountains from patio

CONTACT & VISIT: 12 Spies Vineyards

REVIEWS & SOCIAL MEDIA:

  • FACEBOOK: @12-Spies-Vineyards-and-Farms-311155345607282 Rated 5.0 (150+ Facebook reviews), 3,000+ Likes
  • Google+
  • INSTAGRAM: @12spies 100+ Followers
  • TripAdvisor: Rated 5.0 (90+ TripAdvisor reviews)
  • TWITTER: @12spiesVineyard 80+ Followers
  • YELP: Rated 5.0 (20+ YELP reviews)
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12 Spies Vineyards & Farm – Vineyard and mountains

 

Visit the Vineyard & Wineries page to see an interactive Map of the Georgia Mountain Vineyards.