12 Spies Vineyards is tucked between the North East Mountains to the west and the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest to the east. The sunsets are spectacular and views from the vineyard are stunning. There are many gardens filled with gourds, pumpkins, flowers and vegetables scattered around the 9 acre property. Bring your camera and enjoy a glass of wine from the covered deck or take a relaxing walk.
The vineyard’s name came from the Bible and tells the story of Moses sending 12 spies to investigate the Promised Land. While there, they discovered grapes so large that it took 2 men just to carry one cluster. They brought them back on a staff along with figs and other fruit to show off their bounty.
Planted in 2008 by owners, Mike Brown and Lisa Romanello, 12 Spies Vineyards overlooks the beautiful North Georgia Mountains on a peaceful Hillside. Cabernet Franc, Tannat, Traminette and Malbec wines from their first harvest in the fall of 2011 will soon be available in their tasting room.
The tasting room celebrated its grand opening on August 11, 2012, and is now open to the public on Friday 1-7, Saturday 1-7 and Sunday 1-5. In addition to the vineyards, gardens filled with beautiful flowers, gourds and vegetables are scattered around the 9 acres for walking tours. Visitors can also enjoy sipping their wine on multiple decks, in the gazebo by the vineyard or sitting on a bench by the creek.
550 Black Branch Road
Rabun Gap, Georgia 30568706-746-2097