Vineyards and Wine

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12 Spies Vineyards is tucked between the North East Mountains to the west and the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest to the east. The sunsets are spectacular and views from the vineyard are stunning. There are many gardens filled with gourds, pumpkins, flowers and vegetables scattered around the 9 acre property. Bring your camera and enjoy a glass of wine from the covered deck or take a relaxing walk.

The four varities of grapes grown in the 12 Spies vineyard are Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Tannat and Traminette. All of these grapes grow well in the climate and altitude of Rabun Gap, Georgia. In addition, 12 Spies searches for grapes from the best vineyards for blending and to make their Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc.

We offer a range of sweet to semi-dry to dry wines. Because individual tastes vary so much, with wine there is no right or wrong. You are your own expert when it comes to preference of sweet or dry.

This is our spot of Heaven on earth, and it is our wish that you will join us at 12 Spies Vineyards and enjoy our fine Georgia wines.

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Owned by the Ezzard family and their partners John and Marilyn McMullan, Tiger Mountain Vineyards produces red and white wines from 100% Georgia-grown grapes in Rabun County. Our 10 acres of vines, planted in 1995 and 1996 on the Ezzards’ five-generation-old family farm, are nestled on the rolling sunny slopes of Tiger Mountain where they are individually tended and hand-picked. Our wines, mostly European vinifera, are found in every major city in Georgia and have won more than 195 awards. Our vineyards and tasting room are open year round.



Our Wines
We planted our first grapevines, a half-acre of Malbec, in May 2005. For the next four years, we added an acre or more of vines each year, experimenting with different varieties, clones and rootstock.  Some 3,000 vines now grow on what was once a tired, old apple orchard and pasture.  To clear the apple orchard, we attached our tractor and pulled the trees out in early spring, while the ground was soft.  After Malbec, we planted more European Vitis Vinifera—Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Manseng, Tannat and more Malbec.  Malbec is temperamental and requires constant attention.  Cabernet Franc loves our mountains, producing beautiful and bountiful harvests.  Petit Manseng is also easier to grow; especially in the higher vineyard that once held apple trees.  We have a constant fight with mildew, both Downy and Powdery, and Petit Verdot, Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon are the most prone.  Our first three harvests were from especially warm summers and our Cabernet Sauvignon ripened to lush grapes.  The cooler summers with shorter growing seasons since then have produced Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that blend well with a rosé.  We’re leasing land off Bridge Creek Road, as you turn into our vineyards, for an acre of Traminette vines, a Gewürztraminer hybrid that originated in today’s Alsace region in France.

When you and your crew are done for the day come back here to Rabun Manor and allow us to make your stay as relaxing as possible. We have on site accomodations in The Restaurant at Rabun Manor, and breakfast is served every morning as a part of your unique stay.

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Our rooms are quite and charming inside this historic manor including the executive suite located on the main floor, and 4 rooms upstairs. Also, we have 2 cabins where we are pet friendly and ALL members of the family are welcome. We believe in accomodations for all and we will make sure their stay is as special as yours!

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