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Award winning wine from Stonewall Creek Vineyards

Jan 30, 2017 03:38PM ● By Tracy McCoy

Stonewall Creek Vineyards, with tasting rooms in Rabun County and at InsideOut Sautee in Sautee Nacoochee, took the top award at the 2016 Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge. Their 2014 Boriana, a dry white wine made from their Petit Manseng grapes, was named “Best of Competition” and received “The Oglethorpe Award” for “best wine made from Georgia-grown grapes.”

Their 2014 Boriana also received “The Gay Dellinger Award” for the Best Vinifera Wine in the “blind tasting” between the winners for Best White Vinifera and Best Red Vinifera, both 100% Georgia Grown. In a surprise twist, the Best Red Vinifera was also a Stonewall Creek Vineyards wine—2014 Cabernet Franc. Both wines were produced in a five-acre vineyard and winery off Bridge Creek Road in Tiger, where Carla and Carl Fackler grow French Vitis vinifera grapes—Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Tannat and Petit Manseng—and craft Bordeaux-style wines. Focusing on artisanal wines, the boutique vineyard produces just 750 cases a year.

The Stonewall Creek Vineyards–Sautee Tasting Room opened two and a half years ago in the Sautee Village at InsideOut Sautee. Owner Sheilah Welsch also operates the Village Market next door, stocked with provisions and necessities, and a deli offering homemade specials for take-out or eat-in. Anne Crocker Christol, aka “Mamma Bordeaux,” manages the tastings along with tour groups and glass and bottle sales.

In the Wine Challenge, Habersham Vineyards was awarded Best Non-Georgia Grown Wine with their 2015 Gewürztraminer and earned gold with their 2014 “Creekstone” Chambourcin. See for complete results.

Georgia Wine Producers, a statewide organization founded nearly two years ago to promote the Georgia Wine Industry, presented the Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge.There are over 50 bonded farm wineries in Georgia, with 25 in North Georgia growing mostly Vitis vinifera and French-American hybrid grapes.

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