Winery Review: Stonewall Creek Vineyards

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Stonewall Creek Vineyards

Stonewall Creek Vineyards are in Tiger, Georgia. There must be something in the soil in Rabun County, because last week I reviewed Tiger Mountain Vineyards, which isn’t far down the road. Stonewall Creek winery is nestled in a small valley, and is run by the Fackler family. They started growing grapes in 2011, and selling wine in 2012, so they are a fairly young winery. The tasting room is quite small, but there is a large patio area with amazing views.

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Tasting area

Stonewall Creek has 4 of their own wines, along with 2 wines made from grapes at a nearby farm. Their wine selections change based on how their grapes grow. But these were the wines available currently. Wine tastings are $6 for 3 wines, or $10 for all 6 wines.

The Wine

  • Yukari (2016)– the Yukari is a dry rosé made from a blend of 4 grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot). Great crisp and light flavor, perfect for summer. $20 bottle
  • Boriana (2016)– made from Petit Manseng grapes, this dry white wine has an un-oaked (aged in stainless steel barrels) full-bodied flavor. Hints of lemon and lime, and great with seafood. $30 bottle
  • Cabernet Franc (2014)– aged in French oak barrels for a year, this red wine is dry and rich in flavor. Won Best Red Wine made by Georgia grapes (2014). $27 bottle
  • Malbec (2015)– this dry red wine in full-bodied with a smooth finish. Perfect with steak or pasta. Similar to a French Malbec. $22 bottle

  • Norton (2015)– a dark grape, full of tannin, and only found in the United States. Aged in oak barrels for a year, this is a deep red wine. $25 bottle
  • Whitetail Petit (2016)– a semi-sweet white wine made from Petit Manseng grapes. Perfect “sipping” wine, but also great with cheese or dessert. $22 bottle

After our tasting, my husband and I each bought a glass of our favorite and went to the patio to drink and enjoy the view. My husband chose the Malbec (no surprise there!) and I chose the Whitetail Petit. Wine by the glass ranges between $7-$10. Our tasting room attendant brought us some complimentary popcorn to enjoy, which was nice.

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Another great aspect of Stonewall Creek is their tasting rooms. Not only do they offer tastings at their vineyard in Tiger, but they also have a tasting room in Sautee Nacoochee and Dahlonega, Georgia.

Stonewall Creek Vineyards (Tiger, Ga)

APRIL & MAY
Saturday, 11:30 AM – 5 PM, & Sunday, 1-5 PM.

JUNE – NOVEMBER
Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday, 1-5 PM, & Saturday, 11:30 AM – 5 PM.

Sautee Tasting Room (at InsideOut Sautee)

2454 Highway 17 | Sautee, GA 30571 | 706.878.0144

Open Year Round 

Monday – 11 AM – 6 PM
Thursday – 11 AM – 6 PM
Friday – 11 AM – 6 PM
Saturday – 11 AM – 6 PM
Sunday – 12:30 – 5 PM

Closed Tuesday & Wednesday during winter.

Naturally Georgia
Crane Creek Tasting Room
94 Public Square North | Dahlonega, GA, 30533 | 706.864.0832

Open Year Round

  • Monday –        12-6 PM
  • Tuesday –       Closed
  • Wednesday – Closed
  • Thursday –     12-6 PM
  • Friday –          11 AM -8 PM
  • Saturday –      11 AM -8 PM
  • Sunday –         12:30-6 PM

Stonewall Creek is a wonderful place for an afternoon trip. They also offer events throughout the year, such as the Summer Solstice Party, Total Eclipse Pre-Party, and a Harvest Stomp. Stonewall Creek is quaint and beautiful, with wonderful wine and very kind, knowledgable employees. We look forward to going back in the future. Happy Sipping!

 

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Another view from the patio

 

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Winery Review: Tiger Mountain Vineyards

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.

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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.

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Tasting room

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.


Winery Information:

  • 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”.

 

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75 year old barn transformed into a 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.

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Cheese board at the Red Barn Cafe

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Vineyard views from the patio of the Red Barn Cafe

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!