25th annual WineFest
When: noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6
Where: Habersham Winery, 7025 S. Main St., Helen
Cost: $30 for drinkers, $10 for nondrinkers and free for ages 16 and younger
More than a dozen wineries from across the state and region will show off their favorites during the upcoming WineFest in the Alpine village of Helen.
Habersham Winery will serve as host to the 25th annual event from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at 7025 S. Main St. in Helen.
The event features live music, food, arts vendors and wine tastings. Samples from North Georgia food providers such as Unicoi Preserves will be served. Mully’s Nacoochee Grill will be on site selling lunch from a special menu created especially for WineFest.
“The goal of WineFest is to introduce our guests to the diversity of Georgia’s wineries,” said Emily DeFoor, general manager of Habersham Winery. “At WineFest, we have up to 80 different wines available for tasting and sales. From merlot to muscadine, you will find something to suite everyone’s palate.”
New this year is an artisan market featuring local handmade arts and crafts. This year’s event will also feature the popular Derby Hat Competition as the Kentucky Derby race happens the same day.
Tickets are $30 per person and include 15 tasting tickets and a souvenir wine glass. Nondrinkers may enter for $10. Anyone younger than age 16 may enter for free.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.habershamwinery.com or at the door the day of the event. The event always sells out quickly, so attendees are encouraged to buy tickets in advance.
Guests may pick up tickets, glass and wristband at the “Will Call” table. A photo ID is necessary.
WineFest was originally started by Habersham Winery in 1992 as a way to connect the thousands of North Georgia visitors with the region’s growing wine tourism industry. In 25 years, it has grown from five to 15 wineries and attendance reached 700 guests last year. Some of the wineries attending will be Sharp Mountain Vineyards, Yonah Mountain Vineyards, Chateau Elan, Sweet Acre Farms, Hightower Creek, Kaya Vineyards, Odom Springs Vineyards and Cavendar Creek Vineyard.
For more information, visit habershamwinery.com/product/2017-winefest-ticket-at-habersham-winery.