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Winery, vineyard proposed in South Hall
Business also could feature tasting room
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A winery and vineyard, including a two-story tasting room, is proposed on a 5-acre site off Conner Road, near Jim Crow Road, in South Hall.

A winery and vineyard, including a two-story tasting room, is proposed on a 5-acre site off Conner Road, near Jim Crow Road, in South Hall.

Brad Walton of Flowery Branch is seeking to get Hall County’s approval for the development, which would include “gardened and landscaped areas that could serve as a venue for weddings and other events as the opportunity arises,” his application states.

Dolcezza Winery and Vineyard’s tasting room, which would sit near a pond on the property, would house a retail area, as well as a small café.

The development also would include a 30-space parking lot.

The tasting room would be open year-round, with hours running from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, the application states.

The winery would produce “conventional European wines, with muscadine blends” and mead, which is a honey wine, and possibly hard ciders, Walton said in an interview last week.

“Meads and ciders are quicker and easier to do,” he said. “It takes three to four years to get a turnaround on vines you put in the ground.”

His application says he hopes to commit 2 ½ to 3 acres to vines on the property that will see first harvest as early as fall 2019.

“Generally, wineries and vineyards tend to look nice, and I certainly plan on making this look as nice as I can,” he said.

Walton drew inspiration for his plans from Sweet Acre Farms Winery in northeast Hall.

“I’ve been there a few times,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of direction from them.”

His proposal could go before the Hall County Planning Commission on March 6.

The board’s decision would be a recommendation. The Hall County Board of Commissioners would have final say after a public hearing.