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Come with us and celebrate the newest movement in North Georgia agritourism at The Georgia Wine Country Festival this year! Now in its thirteenth year, this gathering of vintners and their fans is sure to be exciting, entertaining, and delicious! All of us at Glen-Ella Springs Bed and Breakfast are very proud and excited about how the grape is really “taking root” in our part of the United States.
The south has always been famous for its unique and sweet muscadine grapes and the succulent wine that comes from this indigenous fruit. The European wine making grapes have a long history in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but only recently has the winegrape’s future truly come to… fruition.
According to Georgiawinecountry.com, James Edward Oglethorpe, Georgia’s founder, originally brought winegrapes to the region in the 1730s, hoping to make grapes one of the staple crops for this new British colony. Unfortunately, the grapes didn’t thrive in the Georgia soil and other crops soon replaced the slotted purpose of the grape.
Winegrapes were reintroduced in the late 1800s when, “real-estate developer Ralph L. Spencer of Essex, Connecticut, invited 200 Hungarian wine-making families then employed in the mining industry in Pennsylvania to settle on 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) of land,” in the northwestern portion of Georgia. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budapest,_Georgia) They named their town Budapest, after the capitol of Hungary. While the wine did well, prohibition soon came to the United States, once again “squashing” the grape’s potential future.
Finally, growing grapes and winemaking reemerged in North Georgia in the late 20th century and is now truly starting to thrive. There are many fantastic wineries dotting the North Georgia landscape, each one bringing its own style and sophistication to the local wine making industry.
Thus, just thirteen years ago, The Georgia Wine Country Festival had its inaugural year and it has grown into the month long celebration that it is today. Held at Three Sisters Vineyards, the festival takes place each weekend throughout the month of June. Those who are 21 and over can taste not only the varieties of wine made at Three Sisters, but also from other wineries in the area such as Boutier Winery, Chateau Elan, and The Cottage. For those who aren’t as fond of wine but who enjoy other beverages, locally brewed SweetWater beers and Mercier Orchard’s ciders will also be available.
Of course, a festival just isn’t a festival without live music! There will be a variety of musical acts to amuse you as you sit and enjoy the cool and fresh North Georgia mountain air and imbibe some adult beverages. Food will also be available from a couple of local BBQ establishments, truly rounding out the flavor of the North Georgia Mountains and giving you the whole Georgia Wine Country Festival experience!
Make your reservations today and come and stay with us at Glen-Ella Springs Bed and Breakfast one weekend in June and go and enjoy the Georgia Wine Country Festival. What a spectacular way to enjoy a weekend! Surrounded by incredible natural beauty, enjoying luxurious accommodations, and reveling in North Georgia’s up and coming wine industry, you’ll feel invigorated and rejuvenated.