Business: Georgia Wine Highway stretches to our area starting in August — a plus for the Newbys and Big Door. Who’s new in downtown Rome.

Business: Georgia Wine Highway stretches to our area starting in August — a plus for the Newbys and Big Door. Who’s new in downtown Rome.

 

Rome, White join the Georgia Wine Highway tour in August. The event, sponsored by Georgia Wine Producers, is now a month long and takes in wineries and vineyards in Georgia. The 2021 edition includes two locals, Newby Farm & Vineyard on Broad Street and Big Door Vineyards in White. Two other nearby spots are included — Three Strands Vineyard & Winery in Dallas as well as Acworth’s Qualusi Vineyards.

Overall, 41 wineries and eights tasting rooms across the state are featured. Each “passport” costs $75, available at any of the participating wineries or tasting rooms. Passport holders will receive an “Open Georgia Wine” collectors’ glass. Each passport holder will receive either four tastings or one glass at the participating wineries. Passports will be accepted during each property’s regular business hours. For more: info@georgiawineproducers.org or 706-669-8184. Expanded details.

What we like: The wine highway has been growing for years but mostly was based in Northeast Georgia, especially Dahlonega but Tiger as well. It has spread to other areas, especially as wineries flourish from Jasper north to Ellijay and Blue Ridge. Now we’re seeing the swing to the west with stops at Newby, Big Door and several others.

Billy Newby, in one of our early interviews on the opening of the downtown tasting room, hoped our area would become a draw for wine fans. Said Newby in an interview from August 2020 about the family vineyards and tasting room:

“This will be a destination for visitors…I hope it draws some tourism.” (archive).

Mission accomplished.


Construction services firm opening in downtown Rome. This update from Hardy Realty:

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