Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Summer is here, and there's plenty to explore outdoors. It's near Atlanta, near Birmingham, NEAR PERFECT!
Northeast Alabama is surrounded by the North Alabama Wine Trail.
White Oak Vineyards is home to Southern Oak Wines. Located on dry hollow road in Anniston, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 to 6, they are open for tours and tastings. Not far from I-20, Randal Wilson plants and produces year-round on a beautiful piece of land surrounded by valleys and the rolling foothills of the Appalachian. The Southern Oak Muscadine and fruit wines are sweet to semi-sweet, with dryer wines like their Norton also available.
Not too far away, and in partnership with Laminack Vineyards, Fruithurst Winery is open from 10 to 6 Monday through Saturday. During the 1890s, wineries in Fruithurst produces 23,000 gallons of wine, but due to prohibition, the last of the wineries closed in 1919. In 2009, two cousins partnered to produce local muscadine a fruit wines, with a full service tasting area and manufacturing facility. They serve various fruit wines from Muscadine, to Blueberry, Peach, Strawberry and Blackberry.
Founded in 2014, High Country Cellars is open Monday through Saturday from 10 to 6 for tastings. These had crafted and custom fruit wines are fermented, bottles and sold at High Country Cellars in Heflin. These local wine makers also host instructional wine making and beer brewing classes on Saturdays. They also serve up chocolate wines, available in small and large bottles.
Other nearby wineries include Maraella Winery, Wills Creek Winery, and Jules J. Berta Winery.
This year marks the second East Alabama Wine, Art and Cheese Festival at Smith Farms, just off Exit 205 on I-20, 350 Spirit Drive, Heflin, AL 36264. Join us Saturday, May 30, from 11 A.M. to 6 P.M. Enjoy a day of music, arts, crafts, food, wine and beer from Alabama Wineries and Smith Farms. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 256-463-4400.
For more area attractions and accomodations, visit www.VisitCalhounCounty.com.