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Wine About Winter Weekend in Ellijay, GA

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Wine-About-Winter-Weekend Wine About Winter Weekend in Ellijay, GA - Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce

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! Scroll to the bottom for a quick guide to the schedule of the events and happenings. 

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." QUICK GUIDE TO SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Vineyard Hours:
Cartecay Vineyards: Fri/Sat 11-6 Sun 12:30-5:30
Chateau Meichtry: Fri (extended hours) 5-9pm Sat 11-6 Sun 12:30-5:30
Engelheim Vineyards: Fri-Sun 12:30 - 6pm
Fainting Goat Vineyards: Fri/Sat 11-6 Sun 12:30-6pm
Live Music Hours:
Cartecay Vineyards: Sat 1:30-5:30 Sun 1-5
Chateau Meichtry: Fri 5-9, Sat/Sun 1:30-5:30
Fainting Goat Vineyards: Sat/Sun 1:30-5:30
Friday Evening from 5-9pm Chateau Meichtry will have a food truck on site local restaurant Country Corner Kitchen. They will also have special tastings 5 wines for $12 and you get to keep a souvenir glass.
Get your picture taken with Cartecay Caroline, groundhog mascot all weekend (business hours) at Cartecay Vineyards.
Coffee Tastings will be Sat/Sun (business hours) at Fainting Goat Vineyards.
Winter Wine Fest Dinner at Engelheim Vineyards will be at 7:30pm on Saturday. You must have advance tickets.

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)