Wine About Winter Weekend in Ellijay, GA

Rhonda Hood January 19, 2018

Does a weekend full of ground hogs, coffee infused with wine, food trucks, live music, four course meals, and delicious WINE sound good to you? Are you sick of being cold and cooped up in the house? Get out and enjoy our Ellijay Wine Country vineyards between February 2-4, 2018 for our Wine About Winter weekend!

The Wine About Winter weekend will kick off on Friday, February 2, Groundhog Day. When the first settlers arrived in the area known today as Punxsutawney (Pennsylvania) they brought with them from Europe a centuries-old tradition known as Candlemas Day. On Candlemas Day, clergy would bless candles and distribute them to people. The weather on Candlemas Day was considered an important indicator of the weather to come. Long ago, Germans picked up on the Candlemas custom. If the sun shone on Candlemas Day, the Germans believed, the hedgehog would cast a shadow and another six weeks of winter was inevitable. When the Germans arrived in America, no hedgehogs were to be found. But another similar animal, the groundhog – or woodchuck- was here. The groundhog became a hedgehog stand in. Now, we celebrate Groundhog Day.

To celebrate Groundhog Day, on February 2, Chateau Meichtry and Cartecay Vineyards will be having special “groundhog” events and games! On Friday night Chateau Meichtry will have extended hours at the tasting room, a food truck, tasting specials and more! Chateau Meichtry plans to have live music, groundhog games, and will continue their tasting specials through the weekend. Cartecay Vineyards will also have live music and special events to celebrate the groundhog.

On February 3 and 4, Fainting Goat Vineyards will be debuting their wine infused coffee. They have created three varieties for you to enjoy; Merlot, Merlot and Chocolate, and Merlot Chocolate and Sriracha. You can warm up next to the fire and enjoy these delicious wine infused coffees along with their regular tastings. They will also have live music all weekend and of course the goats!

On Saturday night, February 3 at 7:30pm, Engelheim Vineyards is hosting their annual Winter Wine Fest Dinner. You must purchase tickets in advance. The tickets are going quickly and the menu is the reason why. The first course will include Crab Stuffed Mushrooms paired with Doxology, the second course will be a tomato basil soup paired with Traminette, the third course is a caprese salad paired with Hummingbird, the fourth course is a delicious horseradish encrusted beef tenderloin paired with their merlot, and the fifth course is a bourbon bread pudding paired with Sweet Molly. Tickets are $80 which includes the dinner and a complimentary wine glass.  Contact Engelheim at 706-635-9463 to get your tickets.

We hope that you will join us for this special weekend to visit our vineyards in the Ellijay Wine Country. Shake off those winter blues and enjoy food, wine, music and have less reasons to “Wine About Winter.”

Cartecay Vineyards
5704 Clear Creek Rd.
Ellijay, GA 30540
706-698-9463

Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard & Winery
1862 Orchard Lane
Talking Rock, GA 30175
706-502-1608

Engelheim Vineyards
127 Lakeview Rd.
Ellijay, GA 30540
770-714-5277

Fainting Goat Vineyards
201 Vineyard Way
Jasper, GA 30143
706-692-WINE (9463)

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