Hightower Creek Vineyards is a small, family-operated winery located in scenic North Georgia surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hightower Creek Vineyards is the dream of Liz and Sanford Green who relocated to Hiawassee, Georgia in 1995 and fell in love with the people, places, and wine of the North Georgia Mountains. The first vines were planted in 2009 with seven acres currently dedicated to production. The vines are a mix of old-world vinifera such as Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris and Merlot, along with native American and French American hybrids such as Norton, Traminette and Vignoles.
Hightower Creek Vineyards opened its tasting room and winery in 2012 and has since welcomed thousands of guests to enjoy the wines, scenery and events. Owner Liz welcomes all guests, regardless of wine knowledge, to make themselves at home at the tasting bar or on the spacious deck. The cool valley breeze in summer, beautiful foliage in the fall, and cozy events in winter make Hightower Creek Vineyards a year-round destination.
Hightower Creek Vineyards’ winery is located on site and produces consistently award-winning wines. Winemaker Travis Green uses a minimal-intervention approach in the cellar, emphasizing the unique character of the area’s grapes. When not using grapes produced by the Hightower Creek Vineyards estate, the winery sources fruit from other nearby vineyards. Wines are crushed, fermented, aged and bottled on site and give full expression to the mountain terroir.
Hightower Creek Vineyards could not have become a reality without the dedication and generosity of family and friends. Friends have helped us plant vines, have transformed an old home into a tasting room and winery, help with bottling and harvesting, and give Hightower Creek Vineyards the energy and friendliness that it is known for. We love making new friends and welcome you to visit, make yourself at home, and enjoy a taste of North Georgia.
Crane Creek Vineyards sits high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia, just three miles north of the quaint college town of Young Harris in the shadow of Brasstown Bald, the state's highest peak. Less than two hours from Atlanta - yet a world away...
Blessed with a unique microclimate, a combination of warm, dry summer days, cool mountain nights and well-drained mineral soils, which allows us to cultivate and harvest grapes that produce complex wines with fresh, assertive aromas and concentrated flavors.
Crane Creek Vineyards is a family run business in the truest sense of the word. Members of our small staff are all family members, even if they are not part of my blood family. All of our "family" members have their own specialties and unique personalities, but are all experienced in each facet of the winemaking process and other activities at the vineyard. We may spend one day together harvesting, and the next weekend working at one of our many public or private functions. Each day and each season is filled with rewards as we work day to day with the land, the vines, and the incredible backdrop of our mountain home.