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Wine growers announce 2017 Wine Highway Week

By Wayne Crawford

The Wine Growers Association of Georgia announces the dates for its 2017 Wine Highway Week, running from Saturday, March 25, 2017 through Sunday April 2, 2017.

This annual wine tasting event showcases many award-winning Georgia grown or produced wines from 20 North Georgia Wineries. The list below is grouped by geographical region to make it easier to plan your travels.

The participating wineries include:

•           Sharp Mountain Vineyards and Fainting Goat Vineyards in Jasper, Chateau Meichtry Vineyards in Talking Rock, Cartecay Vineyards and Engelheim Vineyards in Ellijay

•           Paradise Hill Winery Resort and Spa and Odom Springs Vineyard in Blairsville, Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris, Hightower Creek Vineyards in Hiawassee,

•           12 Spies Vineyards in Rabun Gap, Tiger Mountain Vineyards and Stonewall Creek Vineyards in Tiger

•           Habersham Winery in Helen, Serenberry Vineyards in Morganton, CeNita Vineyards Winery and Tasting room, Serenity Cellars, The Cottage Vineyard & Winery and Yonah Mountain Vineyards in Cleveland

•           Cavender Creek Vineyards and Winery and Kaya Vineyard and Winery in Dahlonega.

Additionally, several tasting rooms will also be open to include Tiger Mountains Naturally Georgia and Crane Creeks on the Square, both in Dahlonega. Noble Wine Cellar in Clayton and Wild Berry Cottage in Clarksville are also supporting the Wine Highway.

Hours are: Saturdays, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Sunday from 12:30 until 5 p.m.; Monday thru Fridays from 1p.m. until 5 p.m.

The cost per taster is $40 plus Tax 7% or 8% depending on county. You will receive a passport book showing a numbered winery on the map to aid you in your travels and a wine glass, which you then must bring to each subsequent winery or tasting room. The passport book is your entry ticket and the glass is the only way to taste wine, expect at least four different 1 oz. pours per winery.

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