Blue Ridge is known for its breathtaking mountain views, pristine bubbling springs, scenic hikes, and amazing fishing and wild life. It is the perfect place to slow down, relax, and reconnect with yourself and those you love After extensively researching the land it was discovered that the home of Bear Claw Winery was the prime location to grow grapes. At 1832 feet above sea level, with a cool mountain breeze, and rich and unique soils, the land was the perfect place to produce the highest quality wine. Therefore, Bear Claw Vineyards was created on the foundation of top quality wine and a soothing and relaxing aesthetic.
In 1921, at the age of 25, Stephan Meichtry Traveled to America from the canton of Valais, Switzerland with only a suitcase and an adventure for life.He settled in Maspeth, New York, where he would later raise his two children and further develop his passion for wine. It is believed that when he came to America, he brought his own root stock from Switzerland and grew the vines he used for his lifelong wine-making. A stock from these same vines is now planted at Chateau Meichtry Vineyard. Although Stephan has passed, his love for life lives on through his daughter Doris and his appreciation for viticulture and wine in his Granddaughter Karin
Cartecay Vineyards rests just outside of Ellijay, GA in the Beautiful Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Come Enjoy a Day with us taking in the picturesque views offered by our Vineyards, Tasting Barn and outdoor venues.
Come Enjoy a Day with our wines, which are produced with our very own grapes. 100% of our Cartecay Vineyards' wines are made with 100% Cartecay Vineyards' grapes.
Come Enjoy Live Musical Entertainment, with local and regional artists, every weekend.
Come Enjoy your time with us and our Friendly, Attentive Staff.
We Welcome you to Come as Yourself, as Friends and as Family. We look Forward to visiting with you
soon, and seeing you often.
Engelheim Vineyards focuses on growing outstanding grapes to produce the highest quality of wines. The owners, Gary and Jan Engel and their family, decided to purchase the land that is now known as Engelheim (German for “Angel Home”) in 2007. After Colonel Engel retired from the Army in 2004 and upon his return from Iraq and Kuwait, they decided to live their dream of living in the North Georgia Mountains to grow the finest quality grapes. The Engel family planted their first vines in 2009 and harvested their first vintage in 2011; Engelheim Vineyards has been going strong ever since. For the Engel family, it is about quality of life and touching other lives. Gary’s love for and family heritage of farming has driven the Engels to establish the vineyards, a tasting lodge, and the winery. Their dream also focuses upon building a future for their family.
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