History

Stonewall Creek Vineyards began in 2004 with the purchase of a cabin, a barn, and 5.8 acres of previous orchard property.

The Early Years

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    In 2004, Carl and Carla Fackler purchase the first property (cabin, barn and 5.8 acres of land).

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    Carl Fackler, former owner of Stonewall Creek Vineyards, planted the first 150 vines in 2005 of the Malbec grape.

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    Carla Fackler Co-Owner of Stonewall Creek Vineyards, trims the rose bushes in Vin 1 in 2006.

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    This was the wintry view from the main house balcony in 2007.

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    In 2008, we harvested our first Malbec crop 3 years after planting. We harvested 450 lbs of grapes.

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    In 2009 we began building the main house that would eventually house our Tasting Room as well.

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    In 2009 the Diehls help harvest 1 ton of grapes, as well as, purchased 300 lbs of Malbec from Stonewall Creek Vineyards and made their first Georgia Wine called Family Legends Malbec wine.

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    2010 Diehls help plant Vin 4, Cabernet Franc.

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    Every year we host the “I Love Lucy” style Harvest Stomp in late September early October – here are two “stompers” getting their feet purple in 2011.

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    Current owner Mark Diehl works with then owner, Carl Fackler setting a variable capacity lid in the wine making process 2012.

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    The Fall is the most beautiful time in the vineyard. Here it is in 2012.

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    In 2013, we were visited by Katie Smith and her friend on horseback. Wine tasting while horseback riding may not be legal in Rabun County but it sure is fun!

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    In 2013, we experienced a fairly harsh winter on the vineyard.

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    Carl Fackler, Former Stonewall Creek Vineyards owner, preparing the vines during harsh winter weather in 2013.

Growing and Expanding

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    The Tasting Room was added to Stonewall Creek Vineyards in 2014.

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    The vines were maturing and the rose bushes are in full bloom indicative of the good health of the vineyard in 2015.

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    During the course of 2016, the Diehls along with the Fackler family and friends helped plant one acre of Petit Manseng.

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    1,000 vines were planted on hands and knees that day.

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    We hosted a Solar Eclipse party for guests and fans of our wines to help us celebrate a momentous occasion in 2017.

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    2017 UGA trellis, pruning and leaf removal experiments begin in the vineyard.

A New Chapter

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    2018 Diehl purchase the combined property and majority interest in Stonewall Creek Vineyards from the Facklers.

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    The first Traminette grape harvest,1330 lbs in 2018.

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    We were so proud of 2018 as the total harvest yielded 11.5 tons. The current Stonewall Creek Vineyards acreage is 20 acres of farm property with 7 acres of growing vines.

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    Here are our Malbec grapes almost at their peak prior to harvest.

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    Traminette 2018 at harvest