Rabun Gap, Georgia
End of the Line
Just 30 minutes to the east of the Coleman River Scenic Area lies a great place to take a break from fishing during a visit to northeast Georgia. The 12 Spies Vineyards provides some great scenery and atmosphere, along with plenty of hospitality.
Owner Mike Brown gave up a corporate career to try his hand a farming on this 9-acre tract off Black Branch Road in the community of Rabun Gap. The grapevines planted soon proved so successful that he added a winery and tasting room. Then, in 2012, the 12 Spies Vineyards opened to the public.
The vineyard name has a biblical origin. In the book of Numbers, chapter 13 is the tale of Moses sending 12 spies to the Promised Land to report on what they found. They returned with bunches of grapes so large that two men were needed to carry a single cluster. While the grapes here may not be that big, the quality of the 14 wines produced offer outstanding treats for the palate. The wines range from sweet to semi-sweet and dry.
The site provides a patio with tables for taking in the mountain vistas, as well as having 3 acres where you can spread a blanket or set up your folding chairs for a picnic. Boars Head snack packs are offered for sale, but you are also welcome to bring your own food.
The patio also hosts live performances from a variety of local musicians every Saturday.
Dogs on leashes are welcome, but this is an adult venue. No one under 21 is allowed in the winery room or on the grounds.
Operating hours each day, and days of the week vary with the seasons, so check the 12 Spies Vineyards website to plan your visit and get directions. They are closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, as well as New Years Day.