Georgia Wine Country Festival
When: June 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, and June 30
Where: Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery, 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega
More info: www.ThreeSistersVineyards.com, 706-865-9463
At the Georgia Wine Country Festival this weekend, Three Sisters Vineyard included the essentials to any good party: good music, good food and good wine.
Visitors from around the region came out to the festival Saturday to sample at the Georgia Wine Garden, a tasting featuring wines from vineyards all across the state, enjoy a barbecue lunch and listen to live music from band Route 66.
The festival, now in its 11th year, is always held in the middle of the Three Sisters Vineyard in Dahlonega and is free to the public. It will be held each Saturday and Sunday through June.
Doug Paul, a founder and owner of the winery, says the theme of the festival means more than just a good time.
“The Georgia wine industry is a somewhat new experience for many Georgians and tourists,” he said. “It is the new entertainment, culinary and educational activity driving agritourism and agritainment in all corners of the state. The economic impact of wineries and vineyards in Georgia is huge.”
Paul said 600 to 2,000 plus guests from all over the state and region were expected to attend the festival.
“This event has driven in tens of thousands of visitors to North Georgia over the years and continues to expose them to not only our Three Sisters wine but the wines being made around Georgia,” Paul said.
Sisters-in-law Donna Parris and Maxine Buffington were visiting from Ringgold and ready to try the wines.
“We get to talk to a lot of people with the same interests as us. It’s amazing how much the festival has grown; I’m glad to see people taking interest in it,” said Buffington, who was spending her third year at the festival.
Parris agreed that attending was a special treat each year.
“It’s a fun day,” she said. “You get to taste wines you don’t normally get to taste. It’s something we don’t get to do every weekend.”