Spend an afternoon taking a walk in the woods, drinking wine, and enjoying nature's bounty at North Georgia's picturesque Montaluce Winery.
If anything could lure me into a hike, it'd be the promise of a glass of wine at the end. (Oh yeah, and... er... nature.) Indeed, a taste of a good Merlot waiting for me is just about on par with a carrot/donkey situation. Thus, the brilliant idea of a wine hike was born, luring many a wine lover into taking a little walk in the woods. According to Maria, who founded the Wine Hikers program this year, they just wanted to do something fun on the weekends and provide a way for people to get outdoors... with wine. Genius, we say.
Through their partnership with the picturesque Montaluce Vineyards, the Wine Hikers have access to over 400 beautiful (and especially gorgeous in the fall) acres—and, after your leisurely hike, 5 different wines for you to taste. And if the only kind of hiking you've done recently is up the escalator in Lenox, fear not: with the hike clocking in at about an hour and around 2 miles, you don't have to be a hardcore hiker to have a good time. (Plus, each hiker gets a sports pack with water and snacks, in case you need sustenance.) On that note, Two Buck Chuck fans—you don't have to have a subscription to Wine Spectator
and a nose for noses to enjoy the Montaluce vino. Pick any five from about a dozen white and red options, and the oh-so-knowledgable sommeliers will guide you along the way, walking you through what you're tasting and answering any questions. If that little hike (and maybe the wine?) has you eager for more outdoor activity, you can also take a tour of the vineyards, breathing in that fresh North Georgia air and taking in the autumn environs. It's a pretty idyllic way to spend a weekend afternoon—a day of enjoying nature and sipping on the premium wines of one of the South's most beautiful wineries. And a pretty good way to brag to your friends about being both an outdoorsy hiker and
a wine connoisseur. Cheers, Mother Nature.