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Whet your whistle with wine
Annual Dahlonega Wine Trail runs Saturday and Sunday
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John R. Ellison, right, of Chateau Elan Winery speaks with Sharon Eubanks about various types of wines for tasting at Three Sisters Vineyard and Winery in Dahlonega.

Dahlonega Wine Trail

When: noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23.

Where: Wineries all across Lumpkin County including, Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery, Frogtown Cellars, Montaluce Winery & Estates, Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery and Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery

Cost: $30 per passport

More info: 706-864-0021 and dahlonega.org

Following the harvest and fermentation process, wine enthusiasts can indulge in the tastes of red, whites and blush beverages, and especially now in Northeast Georgia.

Five wineries have teamed up to provide a unique experience for wine lovers. It is the fourth annual Dahlonega Wine Trail event in the heart of Georgia wine country.

The Dahlonega Wine Trail experience will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23. Wine enthusiasts can enjoy weekend festivities at Dahlonega’s award-winning wineries and beautiful vineyards. The five participating wineries offer wine lovers the chance to taste four wines during the weekend. Some of those wines have earned medals, top honors and recognition at national and international competitions. Participating wineries include Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery, Frogtown Cellars, Montaluce Winery & Estates, Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery and Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery.

To taste the wines, participants must purchase a Dahlonega Wine Trail event passport for $30. The passports include a souvenir glass for the first 1,200 people. Ticket stubs in the passport are redeemable at each winery for free tastings. Many local tasting rooms in downtown Dahlonega also will offer discounts and specials for passport holders.

Passports are available online at dahlonega.org or at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center, 13 S. Park St., in downtown Dahlonega. Passports purchased online must be picked up at visitors center with a photo ID. Refunds are not available.

Wine trail patrons are encouraged to begin the event at the visitors center to collect their wine trail maps, visitor guides and other helpful information.

Wine trail participants are encouraged to use designated drivers. And local transportation services are available during the Wine Trail Weekend and throughout the year. They are Appalachian Transportation, 706-864-0021 and www.appalachiantransportation.com or Mama’s Taxi, 706-482-8539.

The North Georgia Mountain Region is known as the Heart of Georgia Wine Country because it has the highest concentration of wineries and vineyards in the state. In fact, Dahlonega was recently named the official “Wine Tasting Room Capital of Georgia.”

Wineries began establishing roots when it was discovered the region is the perfect place to grow and ripen a wide variety of European, French hybrids and American wine grapes. A fortuitous combination of the perfect grape growing climate, ideal elevation and excellent terrain continues to attract nationally and internationally renowned winemakers to the region.

For more information about Dahlonega, Lumpkin County and the burgeoning wine industry, visit dahlonega.org.

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