Where: Cleveland, Georgia
Trip Date: 9/2/17
I know that I covered some of Cleveland very recently, but this week is a little different. Most of my posts have been history based, but by sheer happenstance I discovered that a local vineyard was hosting Crush Fest this past week, and I could not pass up the opportunity for a little local culture (and day-drinking at noon on a Saturday).
Yonah Mountain Vineyards is a local winery nestled in the shadow of Yonah Mountain on a beautiful 200-acre plot of land. The family owned winery has hosted Crush Fest since 2010, and it has since become sort of a new local tradition.
The event draws in around 5000 people annually from all over Georgia, and offers a variety of food trucks, vendors and artists from around North Georgia, live musical performances, and—of course—wine tasting.
But the main event was certainly the crushing. Two large containers were set up and filled with fresh grapes picked from the surrounding vineyards, and all of the visitors were welcomed to remove their shoes, jump in, and start stomping. After picking the grapes, crushing is the next step in the winemaking process before fermentation. This event is a great way for the average person to experience (and get involved in) the process.
All in all I had a wonderful Saturday afternoon sampling wines and enjoying the scenery. Crush Fest is held the Saturday of Labor Day weekend every year, and I will definitely have to make an effort to go again next year.