Something spooky is creeping into Montaluce Winery this season.
From 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Nov. 1, people can take a stroll along the Haunted Wine Hike, located on the winery’s property at 501 Hightower Church Road in Dahlonega.
Haley Gilreath, Montaluce’s marketing director, said people will be guided in groups of 15 along an outdoor trail, which offers ample room for social distancing.
“I wanted to come up with Halloween activities to do here that would be COVID-19 friendly,” Gilreath said. “We have 400 acres and a wine hike we offer every day in the morning. I thought we could take that and put a haunted spin on it.”
Both adults and children are welcome, and no alcoholic beverages will be permitted during the hike. Those 21 and up who participate will be presented with a wine or beer voucher after the experience.
As a guide leads each group through the trail, Gilreath said they’ll learn about several chilling legends that once graced the grounds of Monteluce — and perhaps, still do today. Actors dressed up as ghostly figures will appear to accompany each story, adding to the eerie ambiance.
Gilreath said people will get to hear the tale of Guy Rivers, an old folklore legend in Dahlonega.
“It has been said the he was a gold mining bandit, and he would steal horses and stuff from other gold miners,” she said. “He had a group called the Pony Club. Legend has it, he had a cave on the Etowah River where he kept all his stolen gold. The Etowah River cuts through the wine hike.”
People can buy tickets for the Haunted Wine Hike by visiting montaluce.com/upcoming-events. Tickets are $60 for those 21 and up, $45 for ages 16 to 20, $30 for ages 6 to 15 and children 5 and under can participate for free.
“It’s something everybody in the family can enjoy and not have to worry about COVID,” Gilreath said. “I’m most looking forward to the reactions of people going on the hike. I can’t wait to see the guests come and enjoy themselves.”