Rabun County Farm Winery Day on August 10 Will Feature New Rabun County Wine Trail

Rabun County’s 12 Spies Vineyards, Stonewall Creek Vineyards and Tiger Mountain Vineyards invite the public to the Third Annual Rabun County Farm Winery Day, Saturday, August 10, 2013, 1 to 5 PM.
The event will launch the new Rabun County Wine Trail, adding Rabun County’s three farm wineries and vineyards to the state’s growing agritourism network.  The Wine Trail runs from the northern end of Rabun County near Georgia’s Black Rock Mountain State Park to the southern end near Tallulah Falls Gorge State Park.  Black Rock Mountain State Park is Georgia’s highest state park at 3,640-ft. altitude with 80-mile views while Tallulah Falls Gorge State Park features a two-mile gorge nearly 1,000 ft. deep.  Nearby are Northeast Georgia’s Lake Burton, Lake Seed, Lake Rabun and Tallulah Falls Lake.
12 Spies Vineyards is located in the Rabun Gap community near the North Carolina border, while Tiger Mountain Vineyards and Stonewall Creek Vineyards are both south of Clayton near the small town of Tiger.   According to Martha Ezzard, Tiger Mountain Vineyards, Georgia’s emerging fine wine industry brings many new visitors to Rabun County where they experience a “sense of place, both in the wines and local foods, but especially the rich flavors of Rabun County wines.”
$10 Admission at Each Winery
Each farm winery will offer tastings of four local wines, a souvenir wine glass, local food specialties and “agri-tainment.”
12 Spies Vineyards will present local farm events, ranging from Lucky Star Farm’s fresh goat cheese to beehives and fresh honey from Bob “The Bee Man.”
Stonewall Creek Vineyards will feature local delicacies from both Fackler Farm, located on the 30–acre property, and nearby C-Z Farm and mountain music.
Tiger Mountain Vineyards’ activities will include vineyard hayrides, jazz and local foods from Ezzard farm blueberry treats to Leah Lake Farm’s local greens.
Also available are vineyard walks with the “winegrowers”/winemakers: Mike Brown, 12 Spies Vineyards, Carl Fackler, Stonewall Creek Vineyards, and John Ezzard, Tiger Mountain Vineyards.   Caring for the vineyards is an important step in the winemaking process.  “A good wine begins with a good farmer,” states Dr. Fackler.
Cost of admission to each winery is $10.  Wine will be available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle at all three wineries.  Tiger Mountain Vineyards’ Red Barn Café will offer a choice of picnic lunches—to eat inside or out.  Box lunches can be purchased and enjoyed at picnic tables set up near the barn.
 Farm Wineries — from 1995 to 2012
Martha and John Ezzard planted their first vines in 1995 on a five-generation-old family farm at the base of Tiger Mountain and released their first wines under their Tiger Mountain Vineyards label in 1999.  Carla and Carl Fackler planted their first vines in 2005 above a meandering Stonewall Creek and Lisa Romanello and Mike Brown planted their first vines in 2008 in a Rabun Gap valley.   Both Stonewall Creek Vineyards and 12 Spies Vineyards opened to the public in August 2012 on Rabun County Farm Winery Day.
Additional Information
For additional information or to make a group reservation (6 or more), call Tiger Mountain Vineyards at 706-782-4777.  The wineries will post event details on their websites in the coming weeks:  www.12spiesvineyards.comwww.stonewallcreek.com, and www.tigerwine.com.