Just up the road from Tallulah Falls, you will find the quaint town of Tiger, Georgia. This past Saturday, my husband and I took a trip to Tiger Mountain Vineyards, a winery and restaurant nestled beside Tiger Mountain. Owned by two couples, this winery is welcoming and unique in many ways.
The tasting room is filled with numerous awards and articles about Tiger Mountain wines. These people know their stuff. One aspect of the tasting room that I enjoyed was being surrounded by all the wine barrels.
A tasting is $7, and you try 8 different wines.
We tasted the Petit Manseng, White Tiger, Malbec, Mountain Cyn, Rosé, Norton, Tannat, and Rabun Red. Each wine was totally different from the next, and they each had complex flavors. My favorite was the Rosé, which was made with mostly Cabernet Franc grapes. This crisp, semi-dry would be the perfect compliment to a variety of foods, but can also be enjoyed on its own. My husband had two favorites: White Tiger and the Malbec. The White Tiger is a special blend of sweet and savory, using Petit Manseng and Viognier grapes. Perfect for a summer day, especially if you like dryer whites.
- Tasting room hours are: May-November, Sunday- Friday (1pm to 5pm) and Saturday (11am to 6pm). December- April, Friday & Sunday (1pm to 5pm) and Saturday (11am to 5pm)
- $7 glasses of wine, or buy by the bottle
- Reservations for private parties and events are accepted
- Tiger Mountain hold multiple events throughout the year featuring local musicians and their award-winning chef
- Their Sweet Petit won “Best Dessert Wine in Georgia” in 2016
- Red Barn Café Hours: Friday – 5:00-9:00; Saturday – 11:30 – 3:00, 5:00 – 9:00;
Sunday – 11:30 – 3:30
After our tasting, we each got a glass of our favorite (Rosé for me, Malbec for Eric) and took the gravel path up to the winery’s restaurant “Red Barn Cafe”.
Sitting on the patio of the “Red Barn Cafe”, you have a spectacular view of the vines and Tiger Mountain. With such peaceful scenery and delicious wine, we decided to indulge in a cheese board. The platter had two cheeses, fresh peaches, a sunflower granola, and radishes– it was perfect.
It goes without saying, but we will definitely be back here. The tasting attendant and servers were kind and knowledgeable, and you can’t beat that view. The wine is the icing on the cake, each so unique and flavorful. If you ever find yourself near Tallulah Falls or Clayton, give this winery a try. Happy sipping!