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Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival

May 11th, 2024

Starts at 11:00 AM

The Details

Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival 
Saturday, May 11th
Stay late and enjoy an amazing concert with Deana Carter!

20 acres of a beautiful Rhododendron gardens
30+ Wineries offering Tastings
Live Music all Day
Photo Ops
Mountain Views
Lake Views
Food Vendors
Arts & Craft vendors
Free Parking

Advance Tickets: $40.00 
At the Gate: $45.00 
Age 16-20 $25.00
Age 15 and under free 

Wine by the bottle will be available to purchase. While there is an ATM on site, we do encourage you to bring cash to purchase wine by the bottle to take home with you.

The Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival will be on Saturday, May 11th. Enjoy music by Wyatt Espalin & friends on two stages, arts and crafts, food trucks, and tours of the blooming Hamilton Rhododendron Gardens.

Featured Wineries:

Accent Cellars
Buckley Vineyards
Cairn View Winery
Cavender Creek Vineyards

Cloudland Vineyards
Crane Creek
Engelheim Vineyards
Etowah Meadery
Grandaddy Mimm's Distilling Co

Hightower Creek
Horse Creek Winery

Kaya Vineyard & Winery
Living Water Winery
Montaluce Winery
Mulberry Springs Vineyard & Winery

Odom Springs Vineyard
Painted Horse Winery
Paradise Hills Winery

Paulk Vineyards
Reece's Cider Company
RM Rose & Company Distillers
Roadside Distilling

Sweet Acre Farms Winery
Tesnatee River Winery & Meadery

The Cottage Vineyard & Winery
Tiger Mountain Vineyards
Trillium Vineyard
Yonah Mountain Vineyards

Featured Music:

MAIN STAGE - brand new stage in the center of Hiawassee Highlands Wine Fest to feature 5 Amazing Americana/Folk/Country original music artists.

11am - Cody Marlowe

American born singer-songwriter and roots-rock artist Cody Marlowe found his inspiration at an early age in the soulful sounds of B.B. King, Merle Haggard, and The Allman Brothers. In the small town of Clermont, Georgia, Cody was born into a musical family. At a young age, Marlowe was taught piano by his great-aunt and his mother, guitar from his grandpa and uncle, and was influenced vocally by his grandma, aunt, mother, and sister. Katie (sister) sings with Cody in concerts and on many recordings. He has performed around Georgia and the southeast United States for over 15 years now. Marlowe's songs explore the polarities of good and evil in an intriguing blend of lyrics featuring lost loves and hopeful musings.

12:10pm - Scott Low

Scott Low sings songs about things he knows. Scott Low sings songs in the American Folk tradition with a touch of Country and Appalachia. Scott Low performs solo or with his band, The Southern Bouillon. With a wide ranging background stretching from jazz to punk to southern rock, Low pulls from all the things that have shaped him. From Townes and Dylan to Miles and Zappa. But what comes out on stage is an intense rendering of original songs (and a few choice covers). In the summer of 2016, Scott released THE NEW VINTAGE, a 2+ year project of songs that fall into the net of Americana. Initial comparisons to Jamey Johnson, Ryan Bingham, and Hayes Carll have been written by he more Americana press, but there are touches of Tom Waits, and Nina Simone that linger in the shadows. Playing 150+ shows a year all across the nation for the past few years has molded Scott into a seasoned performer that brings a different show every night. Over the years Scott has shared the tour stage/road with Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Caleb Caudle, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Sammy Kershaw, Shovels & Rope, Chris Knight, and many more.

1:20pm - Brian Revels & Heat Lighting

Brian Revels is energy and angst in a comet trail of music that is as perceptive as it is entertaining. He hearkens back to an earlier time, a bygone era when words were true and hearts were strong. His observations of Americana ring with authenticity, with the rawness of earth, the clarity of rainwater and the depth of the sky. He's a wily veteran of the Atlanta, Georgia music scene, a multi-instrumentalist, a natural-born storyteller with a poetic edge. He helped to build the band City Mouse into a regional force before it was finally time to step out on his own. He's from folk and blues and country and bluegrass, an alternative to them all and a better man for their influences. The hole he's worn in his guitar is not as large as the one he's worn in his heart with the cares of the lives he hopes he can redeem one song at a time. Be sure you see him now so you can say you knew him when – before the wider world discovers him and lifts him away. His timeless musicality will touch your soul with the drama and the significance, of love lost and regained, of the human frailty that reduces and yet ennobles each of us.

2:30pm - Wyatt Espalin & Erin Worley

With the Ocoee River in East Tennessee as the backdrop, and North Georgia on the horizon, Wyatt Espalin's debut album, Songwriter/Singer (2015), was born. Entertaining audiences in his hometown of Hiawassee, Georgia as early as age eight, Wyatt's passion for music was obvious, even from the music barn stage built by his grandfather on the campground where Wyatt was raised. Performing solo or traveling with a revolving set of talented musicians as Trees Leave, Wyatt Espalin has found a way to continue writing and performing these songs that have longed to be free; to be pardoned, like the river.

3:35pm - Martin & Kelly

The incredibly talented duo of Jilly Martin and Ryan Brooks Kelly have become the next must-see act from New England to Nashville. With compelling song-writing, dynamic vocal harmonies, and good ole' country pickin' Jilly & Ryan bridge the boundary between traditional and new country. Most recently they warmed up audiences for artists such as Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Little Big Town, Alabama, Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Atkins, Phil Vassar, Lonestar, Chris Janson, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sara Evans, the Bacon Brothers, and many more!

Interested in sponsoring the event? Details can be found here.

Interested in being a vendor? Application is HERE!

Sponsored by:
               Georgia Mountain Laurel Magazine         City of Hiawassee

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Hours of Operation

Saturday, May 11th

Ticket Info and Specials

Advance Tickets: $40.00 
At the Gate: $45.00 

Age 16-20 $25.00
Age 15 and under free  
*Tickets should only be purchased directly through our website. Be aware of 3rd party resellers.

Wine by the bottle will be available to purchase. While there is an ATM on site, we do encourage you to bring cash to purchase wine by the bottle to take home with you.

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