Summer Solstice Celebration at Stonewall Creek Vineyards

Summer Solstice Celebration at Stonewall Creek Vineyards

If you love wine and you’re feeling up for a little road trip, head out to beautiful Rabun County this saturday to visit the Facklers at Stonewall Creek Vineyards. What better way to celebrate the summer season than with some amazing handcrafted wine at this Atlanta Food and Drink event. ¬†Stonewall Creek Vineyards, a small family-operated vineyard in Tiger, Georgia is hosting their third annual summer solstice celebration this weekend. The winery is owned and operated by Carl and Carla Fackler, “I know it sounds like were brother and sister, but he’s my husband” Carla tells me jokingly. Carl himself is the Winemaker, and their son Nate also helps with operations, so it’s all in the family at this vineyard .The vineyard itself, tucked away on 15 acres in a valley in Rabun County, was purchased by the Facklers in 2004. The winery uses no irrigation, and relies on the heavy rainfall of Rabun. The grape vines are planted alongside the mountain, for optimal sunlight, and is one of the highest vineyards in Georgia, at 2,200 feet.

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The land was purchsed in 2004, and in 2005 the first grapes were planted. The family shifted their focus full-time to the winery when Carl retired in 2007 . They sold their first batch of Malbec grapes to Tiger Mountain Vineyards in 2008 and worked with them until 2011. Carl and Carla decided they wanted to be their own independent vineyard, and officially opened for tastings in 2012.

stonewallcreekwinesThe Facklers are very excited to kick off the summer solstice with this unique Atlanta Food and Drink event. This event is one of a kind, as it is the only summer solstice celebration in Georgia this early in the season for vineyards. Included in the price of your ticket, you receive a t-shirt, a stroll through the vineyard to see all the grapes, wine tastings, a picnic, and live music . You can either pre-order food for a picnic, or you can bring your own to enjoy in the vineyard. Stonewall Creek vineyards hosts two big events a year, and this is the first. The second event later in the year, Harvest Stomp, inspired by a scene in I Love Lucy, which Carla says is a super cool event ; “You get to stomp in the grapes and then step on a brand new ¬†t-shirt”. Which is the only way you should be getting wine on your white t-shirt.

Tickets for the Summer Solstice Celebration are $15 purchased online, and the event benefits Richards Kids, a non-profit organization that provides new clothes to kids in need in Rabun County.

 

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