Promoting wine tourism opportunities in the Eastern United States
1400 cases bottled annually.
There are plans to expand the tasting room and make it more “event friendly.” Cavender Creek hosts both public and private events throughout the year. Music is a regular feature on weekends, but an event should not be necessary to prompt a visit.
The staff was friendly and customer oriented, the wines were excellent and the venue is quite charming. Cavender Creek Vineyards is the whole package. Make a point to stop in and after you do, please let me know what you think.
3610 Cavender Creek Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533
phone: (706) 451-9084
Owner(s): Claire Livingston
Winemaker: Joe Smith
Cavender Creek Vineyards Profile
Written by Brian Dec 2, 2018
At the end of a long gravel road that snakes past vines and woodland, you will pass an eighteenth-century log cabin before arriving at a small, wood frame tasting room. It is here that Cavender Creek Vineyards has been pouring wine since 2009. The beauty of the rural estate in the Appalachian foothills near Dahlonega, Georgia is enough reason to visit, but the wine provides another incentive.
Owner Claire Livingston purchased this property because it was ideal for viticulture. Vines were planted in 2006 by the previous owner and included Norton, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Manseng. Today her winery produces about 1400 cases annually.
The tasting room opened in 2009.
A cozy tasting space.
Winemaker Joe Smith works with several local wineries in either a production or consulting role. At Cavender Creek, he crafts a lineup of excellent wines from the estate grapes and some sourced fruit. I was able to taste through a few of the offerings and all were worthy of note.
The Petit Manseng is lightly oaked, which suppresses the floral characteristics along with some of the acidity. The oak does lend a nice mouth feel and mingles with the fruit to make a very approachable white wine. This was the only white I sampled. Cavender Creek is better known for its reds.
A light-style, single varietal Cabernet Sauvignon was up first. Mercifully, there was no attempt to imitate a California Cab. The wine had nice fruit and complexity without being a big, “steakhouse” red. It is a very nice example of what Georgia can do with this grape. Other reds were all blends that included different percentages of the estate grapes along with some sourced Merlot. Again, all were well crafted.
The 19th century cabin is available for guest rental.
Open to Public
Mon-Thu 12:30 to 5:30, Fri 12:30 to 7, Sat 11 to 7, Sun 12:30 to 5:30