Advocating for under-appreciated wine regions in the Eastern United States
The Virginia Grape
If what I outlined above is not enough, I should add that Wolf Mountain is one of the most beautiful venues I have encountered on the east coast. The property seems ideal for a wedding venue set against a mountain backdrop that is simply jaw dropping. The popularity of the space is obvious. I arrived late in the day to a full parking lot and a very large crowd in the tasting room. The decks and patios are designed to take advantage of the view and provides every reason to linger after a tasting.
Simply put, the Boegner family has put great effort into establishing a singular winery in the mountains of Georgia. They are producing world-class wines in a lesser-known wine producing region. I came away a huge fan of this wine venue and I think they deserve our support, but do not take my word for it. I urge you to find out for yourself. After you do, I hope you will let me know what you think.
There are a total of sixteen wines in the Wolf Mountain portfolio, but I tasted only half of them. I will say without reservation that the real story here is the sparkling wine and red blends. This is currently the only winery in the state of Georgia that is producing sparkling wine. The tasting started with a Blanc de Blanc and a second sparkler made from whole-cluster pressing of Marsanne, Viognier and Syrah. Both were exceptionally well crafted, dry-style wines and they alone might have made my trip worth while. The still white offerings are also worthy of note, but the reds were simply over the top.
Wolf Mountain Vineyards Profile
Written by Brian
Until recently I did not really associate Georgia (the state not the republic) with fine wine. I vaguely knew that the southern United States made a lot of sweet wine from Muscadine. Beyond that, I did not give it much thought. A recent visit to north-central Georgia completely changed my way of thinking. In the mountains near the town of Dahlonega, there is a cluster of wineries making exceptionally good wine from vinifera. Wolf Mountain Vineyards is perhaps the state's premier winery and they are setting the standard for what is possible in that region.
The beautiful mountain tasting complex.
The wine is a reason to visit, but it is not the only reason. Prior to establishing the winery, Karl Boegner had a long and distinguished career in the hospitality industry and he brought that background to bear in the Wolf Mountain tasting room. Every aspect of my experience was first rate. The staff has been well coached. They can speak with authority about the wine and they are professional in every aspect of their duties. Wolf Mountain provides the type of environment that will reflect favorably on Georgia’s wine industry.
Bottles bearing the Wolf Mountain label.
180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega, GA 30533
In 1999, the Boegner family purchased their thirty-acre estate high on the Dahlonega Plateau and began planting grapes the following year. Today there are ten acres of vinifera under vine on south-facing slopes. The grapes include Syrah and Bordeaux varietals grown at elevations above 1400 feet, where they escape the Georgia heat. Additional fruit for the white offerings is sourced locally. The winery produces 6000 cases annually with the potential to increase that number to as much as 10,000 cases.
Open to Public
Wed-Sun 12 to 5
I tasted four different red blends and with each one I thought I had found my favorite. The Claret was the fourth and it was simply mind blowing. I did not expect to taste a wine of that calibre. It is a big, earthy, berry infused wine that spent 24 months in new Hungarian and American oak. It is complex with firm tannins and finish that lasts forever. It won double gold in San Francisco for good reason.
Inside the tasting room.
One of the stunning mountain views.