Jingle Bell Wine Trail

December 2 – December 4, 2016

This holiday season, get the festivities started early with the 1st Annual Upper Hiwassee Highlands AVA Jingle Bell Wine Trail. Visit 9 of your favorite Upper Hiwassee Highlands wineries for special holiday entertainment, decorations and more. With award-winning local wines and welcoming hospitality, you’ll be in the holiday spirit in no time!

PARTICIPATING VINEYARDS OF THE UPPER HIWASSEE HIGHLANDS AVA:

Calaboose Cellars
In an old stone building with bars on the windows, legend has it that the local lawman locked up hooligans here to cool down until they went before the magistrate. Now we use the Calaboose to incarcerate our wine before it makes its escape to you!
565 Aquone Rd., Andrews, NC
Phone: (828) 321-2006
www.calaboosecellars.com

Crane Creek Vineyards
Our Vineyards sit high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia, just three miles north of the quaint college town of Young Harris. Less than two hours from Atlanta – yet a world away…
916 Crane Creek Rd., Young Harris, GA
Phone: (706) 379-1236
www.cranecreekvineyards.com

Eagle Fork Vineyards
With clean air, misty mornings, warm sun kissed summer days and cool crisp nights, the Great Smoky Mountains are not only an ideal place to live but also an ideal place to raise grapes.
8 Cedar Cliff Rd., Hayesville, NC
Phone: (828) 389-VINO
www.eagleforkvineyards.com

Ferncrest Winery
We have created hand crafted wines using the best grapes form our vineyard and our vineyard partners. Our winery harnesses the power of the sun just like ferns do to grow. We are located on the crest of a hill in the Snowbird Mountains, Cherokee County NC.
1060 Main St., Andrews, NC
Phone: (828) 321-1600
www.ferncrestwinery.com

Hightower Creek Vineyards
A family-run North Georgia winery producing premium wines from locally-grown fruit. Our wines are made to be enjoyed with family and friends!
7150 Canaan Drive, Hiawassee, GA
Phone: (706) 896-8963
www.hightowercreekvineyards.com

Nottely River Valley Vineyards
A family owned and operated vineyard established in 2008, the vineyard and winery occupies 10 acres of a 93 acre farm that has been in the family since 1820.
1150 Old Culberson Rd., Murphy, NC
Phone: (828) 837-7822
www.nottelywine.com

Odom Springs Vineyards
Located in beautiful Young Cane Valley just minutes off Highway 515 between Blue Ridge and Blairsville. The tasting room looks out over our Cabernet Sauvignon and Chambourcin vineyards, spring fed ponds and beautiful Appalachian mountains.
637 Odom Rd., Blairsville, GA
Phone: (706) 781-8275
www.odomspringsvineyards.com

Paradise Hills, Winery Resort
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Paradise Hills Resort and Spa offers a destination filled with luxury cabin rentals, a resort Spa and a vineyard & winery with tasting room.
366 Paradise Rd., Blairsville, GA
Phone: (706) 745-7483
www.paradisehillsGA.com

Valley River Vineyards
We are a family owned and operated farm winery, offering wine tastings, retail sales, and tours by appointment. A Taste of Southern Appalachia.
4689 Martins Creek Rd., Murphy, NC
Phone: (828) 837-0691

Upper Hiwassee Highlands wines win big!

Crane Creek Vineyards, a charter vineyard of the Upper Hiwassee Highlands AVA, brought home two medals from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Regarded as one of the premier wine judging events, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is America’s largest, with 7,162 wines entered this year.

Crane Creek’s 2013 Seyval brought home a silver medal and their 2014 Zusa, a blend of German varietals, won bronze. This is a fantastic achievement and shows both the variety and quality of wines being produced in the Upper Hiwassee Highlands AVA.

Winemaker and Owner Eric Seifarth spoke about the honor, saying “As always, the vintage starts in the vineyard. Many of our vines have reached peak maturity and are producing fruit of complex and intricate flavors which lend themselves to production of standout wines. I am excited to see how our wines and other Georgia wines perform in the upcoming years. Without a doubt, we are moving into a new era of winegrowing in the North East Mountains of Georgia.”

WNC Magazine features Upper Hiwassee Highlands

Paul Clark featured Upper Hiwassee Highlands in the November 2014 issue of WNC Magazine.

“The good news is we make some awesome wines out here,” says Eric Carlson, owner of Calaboose Cellars in Andrews, who led the four-year certification process. Nine wineries and 26 vineyards within the AVA have found success by championing lesser-known varieties like seyval blanc and traminette, which produce dry to off-dry whites. They’re also growing norton and cabernet franc grapes to make dry reds.

Read the full article at wncmagazine.com.

Charlotte Observer on Upper Hiwassee Highlands

Catherine Rabb featured Upper Hiwassee Highlands in the August 12, 2014 edition of the Charlotte Observer.

The new AVA that’s being proposed straddles the North Carolina/Georgia borders. Called the Upper Hiwassee Highlands AVA, it would be Georgia’s first AVA and the first mountain-region AVA.

Located in the southern Appalachian Mountains in the southwest part of the state, the AVA is approximately 700 square miles. It includes Cherokee and Clay counties in North Carolina, and Towns, Union and Fannin counties in Georgia.

Read the full article at the Charlotte Observer.

Georgia Public Broadcasting features Upper Hiwassee Highlands

Georgia Public Broadcasting radio ran a short segment on the establishment of Upper Hiwassee Highlands as Georgia’s first American Viticultural Area.

Georgia’s wine industry took a step forward last month, when the federal government recognized the state’s first American Viticultural Area, or AVA. There are over 200 such areas in the US (California’s Napa Valley is probably the best known).

Check out the full segment at gpb.org.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Upper Hiwassee Highlands AVA

Gil Kuhlers, wine and food writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, used his October 1, 2014 column to write about what the Upper Hiwassee Highlands AVA could mean for Georgia wine.

“The new AVA is a huge step for the Georgia wine industry,” said Elizabeth Slack, marketing director for the Winegrowers Association of Georgia. “Respectable wine growing areas all over the world are specifically delineated and given a name. Since many wine drinkers select a wine with origin in mind, the new AVA gives Georgia wine an advantage in the marketplace. And in a world where choosing a wine and deciphering a wine label can be confusing to some, the more the consumer can glean from the wine label, the better.”

Check out the full article at ajc.com.