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Kaya Vineyard & Winery Profile
Written by Brian Dec 12, 2018
Just a few minutes northeast of Dahlonega, you will find one of North Georgia’s most spectacular winery properties. When talking about Kaya Vineyard and Winery, it’s almost difficult to know where to start. From the jaw-dropping view of the Appalachian Mountains, to the well appointed tasting room, or the estate’s high-end rental cottages, it’s just a lot to take in.
The Werkheiser Family purchased BlackStock Winery, which was one of the oldest and largest producers in Georgia. It was reopened in 2015 as Kaya Vineyard and Winery. Since then, significant investment in the 90-acre property has positioned Kaya as one of the state’s premier destination wineries.
Mountain views from the outdoor seating.
A view of the tasting room.
5400 Town Creek Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533
phone: (706) 219-3514
During our stay, there were four large cottages available for rental. Plans are in place to continue construction of additional units along with a hotel, restaurant and conference center. The long-term plan is to make Kaya the largest winery-resort north of Atlanta.
It must be added, that Kaya is not just all looks. Winemaker Ariel Padawer is crafting between 3000 and 3500 cases of wine annually. Furthermore, no fruit is sourced. The wine is made exclusively from the 30 acres of estate grapes. I must be added, that the wines are also of exceptional quality.
I tasted about a half dozen wines during my visit. They were all worthy of note, but there were a couple real standouts. The dry-style Sangiovese rosé was off the charts, but red blends are probably the real strong point of the winemaking program. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Touriga blend really got my attention. It was a big wine that mingled fruit with complexity and ended with a nice long finish. It was a truly great wine.
Wines are 100% estate grown.
Open to Public
Tue-Sat 11 to 5; Sun 12:30 to 5
A spacious and modern tasting space.
Owner(s): Werkheiser Family
Winemaker: Ariel Padawer
We stayed two nights in one of the Kaya cottages, but the term “cottage” seems slightly inaccurate. Rather than a quaint, rustic structure, the place we stayed in was a very upscale rental that sleeps up to eight. One could spend weeks there in absolute comfort. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and wished we had more time to appreciate the luxury of the Kaya cottage.
Kaya Vineyard and Winery is definitely the whole package. Whether one visit for a couple hours or a few days, it is impossible not to be impressed. If all the plans come together, the quality of the program will only improve. It is a must-visit venue and after you stop in, please let me know what you think.