Saturday May 6th kicked off the 2017 WineFest at Habersham Winery in Helen, Ga.
The event lasted from 12 until nearly 4:30, when the day’s expected rains came.
Several dozen wineries from across Georgia brought over 60 wines for everyone to sample.
Tickets were $30/pp, which included 15 wine tickets and a complimentary glass.
Live music and the favorite hat contest were staples of the day, and many wineries sold out of their favorite wines by 4 pm.
Our favorites for the day were Currahee Winery’s Sunrise (a peach flavored muscadine with no added sugar), and Old Blue (a 23% proof muscadine and blueberry wine). Tied with them was newcomer to
the WineFest, Sweet Acre Farms from Alto, Georgia….Hall County’s first winery!! As they say on
their website (http://www.sweetacrefarms.com), “We do not add water, artificial flavorings, colorings, or concentrates to any of our fruit wines, nor do we filter. These are pure wines true to the fruit on the label; these are NOT grape wines with flavoring!” Our favorites were Sweet Ass Blackberry, and Sweet Nectarine.
Currahee Wine is available at local wineries such as Cottage Winery, or online at:
http://www.curraheevineyards.com. If you buy 6 or more bottles, shipping within Georgia is a flat
Sweet Acre Farms is open for tastings Friday 1-6, Saturday 11-6, and Sunday 1-5:30. They also host live music events on the 3rd Friday of every month, plus Saturday afternoons. Check out their website at http://www.sweetacrefarms.com. Their wines are also sold at Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Avocados, Downtown Drafts in Gainesville, Sylvan Valley Lodge in Sautee, and Betty’s Grocery in Helen.