Fine Georgia wine, great food and live music are the expected attributes of the Georgia Wine Country Festival, and this year’s celebration will once again live up to that reputation.

Doug and Sharon Paul, owners of Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery in Lumpkin County, said their venue’s signature event will take place the weekends of Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, June 9-10, June 16-17, and June 23-24, and  Saturday, June 30. Hours are on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

For the second year, the Pauls are saying a special “thank you” for the support they’ve received over the years at Dahlonega/Lumpkin County’s original wine festival by offering free general admission to the event.

Following are some of the anticipated highlights for this year’s festival:

  • A “Georgia Wine Garden” will be presented at a $20 fee to visitors and will include a keepsake wine glass. Wines from around the entire state of Georgia will be featured with participating wineries expected to include Boutier Winery, Danielsville; Chateau Elan, Braselton; Georgia Winery, Ringgold; Horse Creek Winery, Nashville; Crimson ‘N Scarlett’s Vineyards, Dawsonville; and Three Sisters Vineyards, Chestatee, Walasiyi Wine Company, and Fat Boy wines from Dahlonega, and perhaps even more.
  • Food will play a major role during the weekend, with Godfather’s BBQ scheduled to be on hand every day of the festival, as well as offerings by other local chefs and restaurants.
  • The unique musical entertainment during the festival will include the Route 66 Band on June 2 and 3; the Buzzard Mountain Boys on June 3 and 17; BlueBilly Grit on June 9; Moose & Squirrel on June 10, 16,  and 24; the Mossy Creek Gypsies on June 23; and the Possum Brothers on June 30..

Returning as sponsors of this year’s festival are Lily Creek Lodge of Dahlonega, members of the Georgia Wine Council, and host Three Sisters Vineyards. The festival will be presented “rain or shine”under vineyard tents.

Visit ThreeSistersVineyards.com for more information, including directions to the picturesque 184-acre site and detailed information about performers and other participants. Dahlonega’ first family farm winery, Three Sisters is active in both the Georgia Wine Council and the Georgia Grown program.

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Jimmy Booth

Jimmy Booth

Lifelong Georgia resident Jimmy Booth, who was a longtime Atlanta area journalist and public relations consultant, moved in fall of 2006 from Peachtree City, Ga., to Dahlonega, Ga. He and his wife Margo have become involved with several Dahlonega-based not-for-profit cultural arts and historical organizations working to keep alive the traditional mountain music, art and folkways which are a vital part of the area's heritage. Jimmy graduated from Emory University, where he served as editor of The Emory Wheel. During his journalistic career, he worked as publisher or editor of several Georgia weekly and small daily newspapers, and he was a section editor for The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Now officially retired, he handles publicity for some of the events and organizations in the Dahlonega area.