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Wineries of North Georgia: Wolf Mountain
About the Vineyard
A popular tourist destination and local favorite, Wolf mountain has a view, and wines that can’t be beat! With wines that have won over 200 medals in Major U.S. Competitions, including Georgia’s First ever Gold medals at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles International Wine Competitions, along with multiple Best of Category Awards.
Amazing wines paired with its incomparable view of the Blue Ridge Mountains make Wolf Mountain a popular wedding venue as well.
Making the Wine
All of Wolf’s Estate Vineyards are harvested by hand (using local Georgian grapes) and sorted into small lugs which are then brought to the winery crush pad for processing. Using a state-of-the-art Europress (one of the highest quality presses available), wine is pressed differently depending on what kind of wine it is going to be. For example, a sparkling wine would use a long and delicate press to ensure that the grape seeds are not crushed which give the wine its distinct bitterness.
White wines are hand-sorted to remove leaves, raisins and damaged grapes, ensuring that only the good stuff is going into every bottle. After they are pressed, the juice of the Georgia grapes are gravity fed into a fermentation tank located 14 feet below in the cellar.
Red wines are also hand-sorted, destemmed and also gravity fed from the sorting table to one of the red wine, open top fermenters located in the cellar below. After the tank is full, the must is chilled to the appropreate temperature and prepared for fermentation. Fermentation aids in the separation of the skins from the juice which then get punched down by hand with a stainless steel mallet.
With about 3 tons of red wine fruit in each 800 gallon stainless steel tank, the ratio allows for punching the caps of the fermenting red grapes by hand; a process which is done four times per day, allowing for additional pump-overs twice a day.
Once the wine has settled for a few days it is barreled in French, Hungarian, and American Oak barrels. The Wolf Mountain philosophy is to blend the different grape varieties to achieve a more complex flavor to the wine as is done in Europe (a continent with a comprable climate as the North Georgia Mountains (believe it or not) which makes for great grape growing!)
Tour the Winery
Wolf Mountain gives tours of the winery year-round! The tour hours are as follows for each season:
(December, January & February)
Thursday – Saturday 11am-5pm
(September, October & November)
Visitors will receive a “Napa Style” wine tasting experience! The Wolf Mountain Vineyards Website describes it as follows: “The foyer to the Winery Level provides 1500 square feet of tasting space with majestic vineyard and mountain views. The center of this space focuses on a large four-sided stone and cedar bar with the ambiance of our adjacent cask room, wine cellar and veranda. The veranda area with fountain is connected to the tasting room offering the perfect setting to enjoy a cheese plate and a glass of wine after the tasting. The antique wine library and cellar displays an array of 19th century French Wine artifacts which highlight the retail space located adjacent to the bar area.”
A Family Business
E. Karl Boegner, owner of Wolf Mountain Vineyards, is an accomplished man with quite the resumé. With years of experience in the hospitality industry, and a focus on Hospitality Operators Inc., of which Boegner is the president, Wolf Mountain’s owner and staff are all well versed in what it takes to run a top-rated wine business.
Boegner and his wife Linda have three children; Kristin, Brannon and Lindsey. Brannon, following in his father’s footsteps, is vineyard manager and associate winemaker. Lindsey heads up the resturant/event side of the business as the hospitality manager. Linda serves as coordinator and wedding oversight at the winery, making Wolf Mountain truly a family business.
Wolf Mountain has utilized every inch of its fantastic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There is an outdoor cafe and ample seating on the large covered deck.
Outstanding Specialty Brunches
Wolf Mountain is also well-known for their monthly themed brunches. This summer’s brunch themes are listed below. It is not too late to get in on the Tuscan-inspired brunches of June, or you can book a stay for July or August and take advantage of southern food and BBQ with blues!
June – Tribute To Tuscany Brunch
July – Tribute To BBQ Of The South With Live Blues
August – Artisan Cheese & Southern Regional Cuisine
If you enjoy your stay this summer, there are also a wide variety of brunch options throughout the rest of the year. You’ll want to come back for more!
September – Country French Cuisine With Live Jazz
October – Harvest Celebration With Live Bluegrass
November – Wild Game and Red Wine Brunch
December – Holiday Comfort Food
Wolf Mountain also has an on-site cafe that serves lunch Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm-3pm. You can view the menu here. Because of the view and fantastic food and wine pairings, seats in the cafe go quickly. Call and make your reservation today at 706-867-9862.
When planning a vacation to Dahlonega, especially for the wine connoisseurs, Wolf Mountain is a can’t miss destination.
Save the Date
On Saturday, July 30th, at 7pm Wolf Mountain is hosting a Summer Gourmet Dinner. For $65 per person you can join in on the delicious meal prepared by Wolf Mountain’s very own Chef Darrin Stegemann. The meal will be four-course and each course is paired specially and thoughtfully with one of Wolf Mountain’s award winning wines.
The winemakers will discuss the different characteristics that each of the wines possess and how they relate to the paired course. It is a dinner like no other in Dahlonega and you won’t want to miss out. Make a reservation today by calling 706-867-9862.
Check out our other blogs in the Wineries of North Georgia series: