To make un-fine wine, simply place grapes beneath a silk pillow, repeatedly mash your head against it, and then wring the pillowcase into a nearby mouth. Taste traditionally produced fine wines with today’s Groupon: for $11, you get two wine-tasting flights at Montaluce winery of the winery's 2008 and 2009 collections (a $22 value). Located in Dahlonega, Montaluce's tasting room uncorks its distinct blends seven days a week from noon to 5 p.m. Monday–Saturday and from 12:30 p.m.–5 p.m. Sundays. With a generous limit of 10 Groupons per person, winethusiasts and their friends can easily arrange a memorable social outing or drinking-song a cappella group. This Groupon can be redeemed as two flights for one person or one flight for two people.
Once you’ve bellied up to the cozy tasting room’s bar like an urbane, sophisticated cowboy, you’ll be treated to a few flavorful wafts and quaffs of Montaluce's finest 2008 and 2009 red and white wines, fermented from the carefully maintained fruits of its 35-acre vineyard. The 2008 chardonnay massages the nose with aromas of green apples, pear, and lemon zest mixed with smoke, walnut, and honeysuckle. And the 2008 risata (Italian for laughter) will put your palate into hysterics with notes of cherries, raspberries, cranberry, savory herbs, and just the faintest hint of Joker venom. Otherwise, go snorkeling for the dark chocolate notes buried in the oaky, deep violet, kraken-filled deeps of the cabernet sauvignon. Much like wine itself, your experience at Montaluce will be different depending on the exact point in time you partake of it. Gracious guests who arrive for their wine flight Tuesday through Saturday will be treated to a complimentary guided winery tour at 2 p.m. Likewise, Sunday sippers can tune their taste buds to live musical performances on the veranda from noon to 5 p.m.
While not included in this Groupon, reservations can be made to dine any time at the on-site, award-winning Le Vigne Restaurant, which serves a sumptuous board of gourmet fare that ranges from light baby arugula salad to hearty Peking duck breast with chanterelle mushrooms, fava beans, and pickled figs. Le Vigne changes its menu daily; check out Mondaluce's website for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch and supper menus.
Per the Declaration of Independence, all tasting attendees must be 21 years or older.
Four Yelpers give Montaluce winery a full five-star average, while eight TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes. The winery, and its award-winning restaurant, has more than 900 Facebook fans:
- Montaluce's staff is warm and friendly, willing to make your experience at the winery memorable and fun. We take the drive up a couple times a month and try different foods and wines with each visit. It's a beautiful ride through N. GA and an easy, affordable get-away! – RumCajun, TripAdvisor
- Loved the ambiance, food, service, building, view. All of it-great. Don't miss it. Some of the wines were delicious, as well." – OpenTable user who dined on 07/30/10
501 Hightower Church Rd.
Dahlonega, Georgia 30533Get Directions