WHAT: Wine tour of north Georgia
LEARN MORE: See georgiawine.com
The North Georgia Highlands once known for production of moonshine are now gaining a reputation for a potable better suited to a more sophisticated palate.
There are some award-winning wines coming from the vineyards of north Georgia, vintages that earn medals in international competitions. But even if your tastes run more to sweet and unrefined down-home muscadine or blackberry concoctions, you can make a great weekend of a tour of the area's wineries.
There are several in the Dahlonega area and others about the state. Learn more at georgiawine.com.
At the top of the state, a few miles north and west of Young Harris, you'll find Crane Creek Vineyards.
The pastoral view from its deck and garden is unsurpassed, making it a favorite stop for touring tasters. The 12-acre vineyard also plays host to weddings and other events.
The tasting room and kitchen are in an old converted mountain cottage just off a country road. The wine selection is modest but there's something for everyone.
At some wineries you pay a fee for tasting a certain number of varieties, but not on a recent visit here. Staff is attentive and helpful.
Soups and sandwiches are available 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Tasting room hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays through December.
Crane Creek will play host to a tomato festival from 11 a.m. to 6 pm. Saturday, Aug. 20, with music by Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans. Tickets will be available at the door and will cost $20 for adults, $10 for ages 13 to 20, and no charge for younger children. Tickets will include a trip through the food bar. A wine tasting and souvenir glass are included in the price for ages 21 and older. Learn more at cranecreekvineyards.com.