This past weekend we went on another fun adventure. We packed up two cars with a total of five adults and three kids (two toddlers and one baby) and headed off to the Georgia mountains for some wine tasting. The drive was approximately an hour and a half and since we didn’t leave until after nap time, we didn’t arrive to our first (and only) winery until approximately 3:30pm. Since most wineries close at 5:00pm, we figured we had a little over an hour to sip some wine and then wrap things up.
Since we all grew up and/or have lived in California (driving distance to wine country), we’ve done our fair share of wine tasting and we were curious to see how Georgia wineries would compare to California.
Here are my initial thoughts…
The winery we went to, Wolf Mountain Vineyards, was absolutely gorgeous. There were rolling hills, beautiful vineyards, and even a fantastic wedding location. The drive there was beautiful as well. The crazy part to all of us, however, was how the tasting room itself felt a bit more like a packed bar than anything else. There were so many people there! I guess that’s what happens when there are only a handful of wineries in an entire region. What a major difference from the Napa’s, Sonoma’s, and Healdsburg’s that we’re used to.
As far as the tasting itself went, they were definitely generous with their pours and for $20, we tasted four sparkling wines and, I believe, four or five additional wines. The staff was friendly and attentive (no shock there, we’re in GA after all!), but the wines were only okay in my humble opinion. I ended up purchasing one Chardonnay for $19.95 and while I look forward to enjoying it with my family, I’m not entirely sure I would buy it again. I’ll let you know if I change my mind once we have it!
Overall, the experience was great (even with three kids to watch) and I would definitely recommend checking out that region if you’re in the Atlanta area (and I really believe it would be a very romantic place for a couple to head for a day or two).
BUT, as a Californian, it’s honestly hard to compare the wine tasting experiences I’m used to with the wine tasting in Georgia.
What I really look forward to is testing out some breweries next weekend with the fam…I have this sneaking suspicion that those might impress me quite a bit (especially if they’re anything like Sweetwater!!!).
Here are a few fun pictures from the day.
Until the next adventure,