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Once you are here, you’ll know why the locals are smiling. When we offer you a glass of our wine, you’ll realize that you will be holding something as impressive as our mountain landscape. This may be the Peach State, but grapes are our passion, and the clusters in our vineyards produce award-winning wines, which are gaining national recognition and fueling the emergence of North Georgia as a prominent wine region. Come taste a perfect day in Georgia, and discover the passion that you’ve been missing... http://www.georgiawine.com/
Festival Guidelines for Wine and Beer Patrons:
ONE DRINK PER PERSON at a time
(with green wristband)
We comply with State and local laws regarding consumption of alcohol.
FernCrest Winery Tasting Room
is open in downtown Andrews, NC
Kurt and Jan Olson started as home wine makers using wine making kits. We bought our first grapes to make wine in 2007.
Come and experience our wines for yourself.
In the Snowbird Mountains above the Western Carolina
Regional Airport, we planted a small vineyard of Chardonel, Vidal Blanc and
Cynthiana grape vines in 2010. We began making wine from them in 2013.
Both the 2013 Chardonel and 2013 Vidal Blanc won Gold medals at
the Wine Maker's Magazine's International Amateur Competition in 2014.
Our Vidal Blanc won a Gold medal and our Chardonel and Cynthiana won Silver medals at the 2016 Asheville Wine and Food Festival. Our Vidal Blanc won another Gold and our Chardonel won Silver at the NC State Fair 2016. Our newest Vidal Blanc and Cynthiana won Silver and Chardonel won Bronze at the NC State Fair 2018. Our blackberry/blueberry wine won a bronze medal at the 2017 North Carolina State Fair.
We have partnered with vineyards in the local area and North Carolina to purchase their grapes to make great wines. We want to share all our wines with you.
The name FernCrest is based on the house and winery being on the crest of a hill and Kurt growing ferns from spores. Our logo is a family crest with a fern and fiddle head. The top of the crest is a representation of the Snowbird Mountains. All our wines are named after Ferns.
Crane Creek Vineyards sits high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia, just three miles north of the quaint college town of Young Harris in the shadow of Brasstown Bald, the state's highest peak. Less than two hours from Atlanta - yet a world away...
Blessed with a unique microclimate, a combination of warm, dry summer days, cool mountain nights and well-drained mineral soils, which allows us to cultivate and harvest grapes that produce complex wines with fresh, assertive aromas and concentrated flavors.
Crane Creek Vineyards is a family run business in the truest sense of the word. Members of our small staff are all family members, even if they are not part of my blood family. All of our "family" members have their own specialties and unique personalities, but are all experienced in each facet of the winemaking process and other activities at the vineyard. We may spend one day together harvesting, and the next weekend working at one of our many public or private functions. Each day and each season is filled with rewards as we work day to day with the land, the vines, and the incredible backdrop of our mountain home.
CEREMONIES AT CRANE CREEK
We have three popular locations at the vineyards for wedding ceremonies. TheCeremony Island sits in our pond. With adequate space for the wedding couple, officiate, and wedding party, your guests will witness from the bank just across the bridge as vows are exchanged.
Ceremonies at the Bridal Gazebo provide you and your guests with the feeling that you are "among the vines." The gazebo rests on the bank of the pond, making it a wonderful backdrop for a long aisle. Guests gather under a large maple tree just off the grape vines.
Want to take full advantage of the vineyard and mountain views? Have your ceremony in the barnyard in front of our culinary garden. Your guests (that may include some uninvited chickens!) will enjoy one of the best views on the property.
RECEPTIONS AT CRANE CREEK
Our event staff is happy to help you plan every detail of your wedding ceremony and reception. We provide everything from ceremony and reception seating to wonderful gourmet menus. Our Chef creates each reception menu custom to the wedding couple. From a casual picnic under the stars to a formal sit-down dinner, let Crane Creek help you create your vision for the perfect reception meal for your friends and family.
HIGHTOWER CREEK VINEYARDS:
A SENSE OF HOME
As a family winery and vineyard, we know the importance of food, friends, and a sense of family. That’s why we strive to create wines that reflect the people and places of Blue Ridge Mountains. Each bottle of our wines represents the hard work of family and friends – from the vineyard, to the cellar, to you. Pair with good food and better company. Serve with a smile.
RULES FOR BEER & WINE GARDEN
NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGES
NO STROLLERS IN FENCED AREA