Wine About Winter Weekend in Ellijay, GA
Does a weekend full of ground hog games, food, live music, a murder mystery dinner, 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 1-3, 2019 for our Wine About Winter weekend! Scroll to the bottom for a quick guide to the schedule of the events and happenings.
The Wine About Winter will kick off the weekend celebrating 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.
We will start celebrating Groundhog Day, on February 1, Chateau Meichtry and Cartecay Vineyards will be having special "groundhog" events and games! On Friday night Chateau Meichtry will have extended hours (open until 9:30pm) at the tasting room, live music with Barefoot Boone, Groundhog Day Red & Groundhog Day White wines available to purchase, along with special souvenir Groundhog Day souvenir glasses & candles available for purchase. Chateau Meichtry plans to have live music, groundhog games, and will continue their tasting specials through the weekend.
Also on Friday evening you can also enjoy a special "murder mystery" event at Engelheim Vineyards. This includes an interactive event with guests, light h'ors doeuvres and wine specials. The cost for this event is $40 you can contact Engelheim Vineyards to purchase tickets.
Cartecay Vineyards will also have live music and special events to celebrate the groundhog including special mascot Cartecay Caroline.
On Groundhog Day, February 2, you OTT to visit Ott Farms and Vineyard, this will be the only day to visit them in February. Starting at 4pm there will be a hidden groundhog hunt, you could win a free bottle of wine at Ott Farms and Vineyards. They will also have "What’s Your Whine About Winter" where you can right down your whine/complaint and burn it to release it into the universe available all day long. They will also have smores available for purchase to go with your delicious wine, cozy blankets, and terrific views.
Saturday and Sunday, Sharp Mountain Vineyards will be pairing a variety of artisan cheeses with their wines.
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." QUICK GUIDE TO SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
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 706-635-WINE (9463)
Fainting Goat Vineyards 201 Vineyard Way Jasper, GA 30143 706-692-WINE (9463)
Ott Farms and Vineyard 230 Henry Evans Road, Ellijay, GA 30536 706-273-1891
Sharp Mountain Vineyards 110 Rathgeb Trail, Jasper, GA 30143 770-735-1210