Nestled in the Foot Hills of the North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains
Sharp Mountain Vineyards operates on the simple but essential principle that to produce
the finest wine, you must begin with the finest fruit. This quest for perfection
requires personal attention to every detail, from employing tried-and-true “wine
growing” practices to personally harvesting the best grapes and handcrafting the
Ron and Jan Rathgeb began their labor of love in earnest in 1995, planting Merlot,
Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, Gewürztraminer, Viognier and Pinot Noir.
In 2002, the Rathgebs added Primitivo, Trebbiano, and Pinot Gris to the breezy hillsides
of their peaceful, 19 -acre Sharp Mountain estate.
At 1,600 feet, Sharp Mountain Vineyards is ideally suited to its purpose. The rocky,
alluvial soil is perfect for growing these balanced vines, which thrive on 5 acres
of well-drained slopes. The west-facing site provides even, north-to-south exposure
to nourishing sunlight, and wider spacing of the plants maximizes air circulation.
The Rathgebs regularly remove leaves and thin the crops to maintain the health of
the plants and to produce the highest quality grapes. Although these practices lower
yield, they ultimately produce more intense and complex wines.
From start to finish, Sharp Mountain Vineyards wines are truly hand-crafted in the
old-world fashion. At harvest-time, Ron and Jan choose each grape with care and begin
the wine making process utilizing the highest-quality Italian-made equipment. After
the destemming and crushing process is completed, the grapes are hand punched twice
a day during maceration in stainless steel fermenters and then pressed gently in
a bladder press. Finally, bottles are filled under vacuum and corked with an Italian
The result is more than a wine: it is an experience.
Sharp Mountain, overlooking Jasper, GA, seems worlds away from the hustle and bustle
of the city, yet on a clear day you can look down on Atlanta as well as Stone Mountain
from its heights. In fact, the Sharp Mountain Vineyards, Georgia Farm Winery, is
just a 45-minute drive from Atlanta, making it the perfect venue for a day’s outing.
Pack a picnic, enjoy a beautiful mountain drive and join us for a tour and tasting
for just $3. Savor your lunch at one of our picnic tables while drinking in the beautiful
view – rows and rows of espaliered vines against a backdrop of blue-green rolling
hills and a commanding view of Sharp Mountain herself.
Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
US 515 in Jasper after the hospital on the left take the next left at Jasper Jeep
on Salem Church Road. Go 4.2 miles following the grape cluster signs.