Our Wines

Fine wines begin on the vines, and the past three years were exceptional growing years in our mountain valley.  Four years after we opened our winery in 2012, two of our dry European vinifera wines took top awards in the 2016 Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge (GTWC): 2014 Boriana (Petit Manseng) first took Best White Vinifera, then Best Vinifera and finally Best of Competition (100% Georgia Grown).  For Best Vinifera, Boriana competed in a blind tasting against our 2014 Cabernet Franc, which was named Best Red Vinifera (100% Georgia Grown). Our 2015 Yukari was named Best Dry Rosé Blend in the 2017 GTWC and in early 2018 took the only Georgia rosé medal (silver) at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Also, at the 2017 GTWC our 2015 Norton took a Gold Medal.

Winemaker Carl Fackler and Assistant Winemaker Nate Fackler, along with Assistant Winery Manager Alex Blackwood, produce wines on two labels—Stonewall Creek Vineyards (grapes grown in our vineyards) and Standing Deer Cellar (grapes we harvest at The Stack Farm nearby).

We’re a small, artisan vineyard, and we craft our wines from 100% Georgia Grown Grapes—solely from Rabun County the past four years. Our wine production has gradually increased and is now around 900 cases. We still tend to sell out as our tasting year progresses, so please check our homepage or call us at 706.212.0584 for updates. And don’t forget our satellite tasting room (Stonewall Creek Vineyards – Sautee) at InsideOut Sautee, 2454 Highway 17, Sautee, GA 30571 (706.878.0144).

 

UGA Extension Viticulture Specialist Test Plots

UGA Cooperative Extension Service – Cain Hickey, Ph.D., is Georgia’s first full-time viticulture specialist. Over the past year, Dr. Hickey has established canopy and fruit-zone management test plots across the state, including Stonewall Creek Vineyards. He’s working with farm wineries from North Georgia to West Georgia and South Georgia on irrigation management, cover crop and rootstock use and other viticulture issues.

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Winery Tasting Room and Sautee Tasting Room

 

Stonewall Creek Vineyards

Grapes grown at our vineyards | 2017 and 2018 Releases

2017 Yukari  (Rosé) – Bottle Sales Only

Our light and dry Provence-style rosé featuring a red blend of our Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot grapes. Featured in top restaurants in Atlanta and Athens. (Named for our daughter-in-law from Japan.) Pairs with nearly any food but drinks well alone. We like to say, “Serve with a mountain view!”      

2017 Boriana    (Petit Manseng)

A full-bodied, dry white wine made from 100% Petit Manseng grapes; fermented and aged in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tank (no oak). Relatively high alcohol at 14.2% but well balanced with a titrable acidty of 0.9. Ready to drink now. Our best selling wine each year with hints of lime and lemon. (Named for our daughter-in-law from Bulgaria.) Pair with seafood, white meats, lightly spiced Asian dishes and most cheeses (even blues).

2015 Cabernet Franc

A full-bodied Cabernet Franc fermented to full dryness and aged in French oak for 12 months; bottled unfined and unfiltered. Our premium red wine with smooth tannins and the earthy nose found in a French Cabernet Franc—the most popular wine grape in Paris bistros. Grows well in our North Georgia Mountains. Pair with grilled steak, salmon or any dish loaded with mushrooms.

2016 Malbec

An earthy and robust dry red wine similar to a French Malbec. Aged 12 months in French and Bulgarian oak and bottled without fining or filtering. Pair with pizza and pasta, BBQ or grilled beef, pork or chicken, or serve alone.

2015 Three Eagles

Blend of roughly equal amounts of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Tannat. Aged 12 months in French oak, unfiltered. (Named for our three sons, who were all Eagle Scouts.)

 

Standing Deer Cellar

Grapes grown primarily at The Stack Farm down the road 

2017 Whitetail   (Petit Manseng)

A semi-sweet Petit Manseng with hints of ripe peach balanced with acidity— fermented in stainless-steel tanks using a type of yeast that will not ferment the juice to total dryness. Filtered to prevent secondary fermentation. High acidity balances out the residual sweetness for a refreshing tart finish. Serve as a dessert wine or pair with blue cheese, shellfish, seafood or lightly spiced pasta.

2014 Norton

Dark tannic grape found only in the Southeast and Central United States. Long considered an American varietal, recent DNA studies “suggest” a French-American hybrid. Unfiltered and aged in Bulgarian and American oak 12 months. Pair with smoked meats, game birds, hearty beef and pork dishes and dark chocolate.