Nestled in the Foot Hills of the North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains
Welcome to Cartecay Vineyards
5704 Clear Creek Rd. Ellijay Ga. 30536
Cartecay Vineyardsis located in Ellijay, GA, situated in the Eastern part of Gilmer
County, in the Cartecay region.
The Southern Appalachians in North Georgia are ideal for growing wine grapes. The
elevation, the soil and the climate combine to produce wine grapes of the highest
quality and subsequently, fine wines.
Cartecay Vineyards has Western facing slopes, which allow for the vines to receive
maximum sun exposure, elevations ranging from 1650 ft. to 1750 ft., sloping landscapes
to help keep the vines' "feet" dry and clay loam soils, which are conductive to growing
Cartecay Vineyards was planted in the Spring of 2008 with two varieties, Vidal Blanc
and Merlot. Since 2008 four more varieties have been planted; Traminette, Norton
(Cynthiana), Catawba and Cabernet Sauvignon, with more planned.
A Stainless Steel fermented wine. semi-dry,crisp wine with floral and honey aromas,
as well as good minerality.
A Semi-Sweet wine. floral aromas with tropical fruit flavors. Blend of Vidal Blanc,
95% and Chambourcin, 5%.
A red wine wine with aromas of Gardenia, with blackberry, plum and vanilla flavors.
A seasonal nouveau Wine only available during the Holidays. A light drinking sweet,
wine with flavors of Berries and Christmas.
The land that Cartecay Vineyards rests on was purchased in 2007. The vineyard was
originally a working farm, dating back to circa 1890. The original farm grew corn
and hay, grazed cattle, and raised hogs and mules. When Cartecay Vineyards acquired
the farm, it had been inactive for quite some time, and had been taken back by Mother
Nature. The farm that now exists as a vineyard was created by combining the original
farm layout with the specific needs of a vineyard. Cartecay is a Cherokee word, which
means "Bread Valley".