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North Alabama Wine Trail

Wills Creek Winery offers an assortment of wines handcrafted in Alabama. – Brad Wiegmann

The North Alabama Wine Trail invites locals and visitors to experience Alabama-made wine. Launched in the spring of 2015, the Trail has attracted visitors from across the United States to experience unique flavors handcrafted in northern Alabama.

The North Alabama Wine Trail invites wine enthusiasts on a self-guided tour of six wineries located in the southern tier of the Appalachian Mountains. Wineries are located within 75 miles of each other, in the mountains and valleys near rivers and streams with a scenic drive through North Alabama. The North Alabama Wine Trail Passport encourages visitors to stop by all six locations. Visitors receive a stamp at each winery, and after visiting all locations, a free gift is presented as a souvenir to take home.

Participating wineries on the North Alabama Wine Trail:

Wills Creek Winery, Attalla

Where European tradition meets southern charm, Wills Creek Vineyards and Winery is nestled in the peashell hills of Duck Springs Valley, in the heart of the Duck Springs Wildlife Preserve. The facility offers a winery, wine tasting room with free samples and meeting space. A beautiful deck offers views of the Appalachian Mountain pea shell hills and Duck Springs nature preserve and pond. Events are held throughout the year including harvest festivals where visitors can take part in grape stomping, farm to table dinners using local produce, winemaking classes, just to name a few. For more information, visit www.willscreekwinery.com.

Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Jules J. Berta Winery, Albertville

Alabama's first producers of vitis vinifera wine grapes, Jules J. Berta Winery is located atop Sand Mountain within miles of Lake Guntersville. The winery offers wine tastings, tours, a gift shop for wine lovers, charcuterie baskets for trellis dining and a home winemakers niche. Award winning, estate grown and bottled traditional wines, sweet muscadines wines, locally sourced sweet fruit wines, and port style wines are all featured at the charming tasting bar. Honors include Alabama Winery of the Year and Alabama Best Wine Label award. Chef inspired wine and food events are held throughout the year including tapas nights, festivals and farm to table gatherings. For more information, visit www.julesjbertavineyards.com.

Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. / Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Fruithurst Winery Company, Fruithurst

Surrounded by fifteen acres of muscadine vineyards, the Fruithurst Winery is nestled just north of the town of Fruithurst, Ala. Founded in 2009, the winery, now owned and operated by two cousins, features a full service tasting area and manufacturing facility, and according to the owners, its name comes from one of the original wineries in the state. Wines produced include Red and White Muscadine, Strawberry, Blueberry, Blackberry and Peach, and there are dry, sweet, and semi-sweet varieties available. In 2009, they received a Gold Medal for Sweet White Muscadine Wine in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. For more information, visit www.thefruithurstwineryco.com.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

High Country Cellars, Heflin

Located between Birmingham and Atlanta, High Country Cellars offers a wide variety of onsite fermented, custom made wine supplied from a diverse assortment of fruits from the region’s finest vineyards and orchards. Wines are fermented, bottled and sold in the shadow of Cheehahaw Mountain, the gateway to the Southern Appalachian Mountain Range in Heflin, Ala. Free wine samples are provided during business hours and wine tasting events are held on a regular basis. For more information, visit www.highcountrycellars.com.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

White Oak Vineyards, Anniston

White Oak Vineyards, producer of Southern Oak Wines, is located in beautiful Choccollocco Valley near Anniston, The land includes 52 acres and sits at 1000 ft. elevation, midway between Birmingham and Atlanta, not far off the Interstate 20 corridor. The land is beautiful and the view especially stunning as visitors look out onto rolling hills and valleys. The first vines at White Oak were planted in 1998 and now produce fruit for most of the wines sold. Currently, there are approximately 5 acres of wine grapes, including the Southern favorite, muscadine. The tasting room is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit. www.southernoakwines.com.

Hours:

March - October Thursday and Friday 1- 6 p.m. / Saturday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

November - February Thursday and Friday 1- 5 p.m. / Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. or by appointment

Maraella Estate Farm Vineyards and Winery, Hokes Bluff

Maraella Estate Farm Vineyards and Winery are located in the picturesque foothills of the Appalachia Mountains. Established in 2005 by the Lee Family, Maraella is the realization of one man’s dream for a family wine business. Maraella makes several award-winning wines from grapes and muscadines grown in their vineyard. For more information, visit www.maraella.com.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Activities at this Site

Each location holds wine tastings and mini events are held throughout the year to celebrate the changing seasons. Events include Wine and Chocolate each Saturday in February, Wine and Cheese each Saturday in June, Wine and Pink each Saturday in October for breast cancer awareness and Holiday Open House in November and December.

Hours

Varies with each location

Seasons Open

Open year-round

Pricing

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