As a lot of eyes continue to watch for the opening of the Newby Farm and Vineyard tasting room at 411 Broad St., fans of Georgia wineries have a few other things on their radar as well. First, Newby Farm: The official word is the announcing on the opening is due soon.
Three Strands Vineyard and Winery at 1505 Willow Springs Road in Dallas has set an April 24 grand opening, from 11:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. “Join us as we celebrate the opening of our family’s wine tasting room. Wine by the glass, wine tasting, bottles sales and wine slushees will be available,” according to the Facebook event post. “Food can be purchased on site from @gastonstreeteatsco food truck. We will also have premade charcuterie available for purchase. Indoor and outdoor seating.”
But the real story goes deeper and you can scan three years worth of Facebook posts as the Summerour family winery came together — crops, buildings, people, harvests. It reads much like the story of the Newby Farms operation in Rome/Floyd County. Click Three Strands.
A more immediate choice is the Big Door Vineyards in White just outside of Cartersville. Open for more than four years, it continues to draw good reviews. The hours are 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and Sundays from 12:30 until 6 p.m. It is tucked away off Ga. 20 near Cherokee County off Clearwater Trail (around a 45-mile drive from East Rome).
You’ll find a series of wines, costing from $16 to $28 a bottle. Wine tastings are $8 per adult and consist of five one-ounce pours of your choice. In addition to wine sales and tastings, Big Door offers live entertainment, paint-and-sip classes and other events. The menu? “Meat & Cheese Charcuterie Boards, fresh paninis and jellies, all locally sourced from local businesses and available all week long. “
How does it rate? Facebook lists 432 reviews (through March 18) and a perfect five-star rating.
>>Where to find some of Georgia’s other wineries. Click Wine