on our saturday in the north georgia mountains, we first ventured out to amicalola falls - the largest cascading falls east of the mississippi. we were in for a long, strenuous hike and afterward, we were ready to wind down. we headed straight to cartecay vineyards for a wine tasting, cheese plate, and outdoor live music.
we had planned to visit at least one more winery that afternoon, but as it turns out, we ended up staying at cartecay, drinking our bottle of chimney red wine and snacking on cheese, crackers, jalapeno jam, and sausage. it was the best saturday we've had in a long time!
$10 at cartecay vineyards will get you 5 samples of wine and a souvenir glass. here's what I tried:
2011 vidal blanc stainless steel fermented. a dry, crisp white wine with citrus and floral aromas, grapefruit and stone flavors.
chimney red crafted in the beaujolais style, easy drinking, off dry, medium bodied, distinctive floral nose with ruby red color.
2012 merlot garnet and ruby, earthy and black cherry aromas. big bodied merlot with good tannins.
2012 cabernet sauvignon aromas of oiled leather and black walnut. good fruit with notes of blackberry and sweet bush. barrel aged for 17 months and bottle aged for another 14 months before released.
notice I only tried 4 of my samples... we were ready to buy a bottle and a cheese plate and listen to some live music outside. it was such a relaxing day in the mountains. there are several vineyards up in the north georgia mountains, definitely add at least one to your list!