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Best Vinifera in Georgia/ Winery of Distinction
2017 Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge

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white tiger

Customer kudos for our two latest wines: WHITE TIGER, our popular white blend, is a crisp, dry but fruity, with a touch of citrus. The 2018 ROSÉ is semi-dry with hints of plum and raspberry. A great wine for spring entertaining.

TMV's latest Rosé is
based on the Norton
grape --- unique and outstanding
  • A key March event- the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction: Look for Tiger Mountain at the March 21st Trade Tasting and the March 23rd Vintners' Reception.

  • March 22-30: Purchase a passport at Tiger Mountain or other North Georgia winery and visit 22 wineries for tastes of four wines at each. Plan your Saturday visits to stop for casual lunch at the RED BARN. March 23 and March 30, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. THE RED BARN WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR LUNCH THOSE TWO SATURDAYS!

  • Celebrate the beginning of spring at the Red Barn! See Red Barn page for
    Chef Charles Maddrey's March 23 and March 30 lunch menu.
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    Jazz Mountain
  • Live music at the Tasting Room next three Saturdays - 1 to 3 p.m.

  • March 23: Lisa and Filmer Kilby - Folk and Americana

  • March 30: Jazz Mountain - Ray Olson and Paul Savaike

  • April 6: Guitarist, singer/songwriter Tim McCabe

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    Tiger Mountain staffers celebrate TMV's gold medal
    in the L.A. International Wine Competition!


    Tiger Mountain welcomed its 12th UGA intern this season, Ben Brooks, from Perry, GA. Ben will be a senior at UGA, has studied in the Cortona wine program and did a super job for TMV in the vineyards- as well as pouring, explaining our wines to Red Barn and Tasting Room customers!


    Tucker Williams spent a second summer working in the vineyards and Red Barn Café at Tiger Mountain. Tucker will be a senior at Carson Newman University in Jefferson City, TN where he also plays college football!

    MORE VISITOR KUDOS FOR TMV! I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and taste of the wines.... I found the Tasting Room to be on a par with many we have visited in Sonoma. My two favorites were the Viognier and the Cabernet Franc. I came home with a few bottles and a T-shirt. I can't wait to return and bring my husband. We're members of multiple wineries, mostly in Healdsburg, California and have a cellar full of nice bottles that we consume often. I'm tickled to find something only two hours from home at Tiger Mountain. - Denise Jordan Lane, October 19, 2017


    Tiger Mountain's latest Tannat is now available in the Tasting Room. Taste and purchase this unique full bodied wine, always a sellout.

    tiger tanker

    The long awaited 2015 Norton, barrel aged more than two years, is now available in the Tasting Room. Production limited to 100 cases. Purchase now!

  • TMV was first to discover that the Portuguese Touriga Nacional and the French Cahors region Tannat (southwest France) would make a unique, deep rich blend! The 2015 vintage has barrel aged almost two years and bottle aged three months. Now ready to drink --- stop by to taste!

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  • TMV's 2015 Malbec won a silver medal in the 2018 Los Angeles International and the 2016 won a gold in the 2018 Georgia Wine Challenge. Georgia grown and French style Malbec! Great with duck, lamb, roasted pork, or ham.

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  • TMV Petit Manseng vintages keep piling up gold medals! The latest is gold, best of class in the 2018 Los Angeles International. It was named "Best Wine in Georgia" in the 2017 Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge. Tiger Mountain's John Ezzard pioneered Petit Manseng in Georgia in 2002. TMV vintages have won five gold medals in the last four years -- two in Los Angles and one in San Francisco and The Jefferson Cup Invitational. In addition, the 2015 vintage won gold in the 2016 International Eastern in which 1500 East Coast and mid-Atlantic wines competed!

  • Harvest '18 Happenings

    Harvest Party 2018

    Harvest Party 2018

    Harvest Party 2018


    Harvest Party 2018



    Lisa and dog
    Vineyard Manager and Vineyard Dog Hamilton check the Norton vines post harvest!
    Ezzard granddaughter Georgia O'Farrell toasts another harvest crush in the production room!

    Lisa and McMullans
    TMV partners John and Marilyn McMullan and Lisa Ezzard enjoy a wine club event.

    Red Barn
    The Red Barn Café, open from May to November, offers an atmosphere of rustic elegance - enjoy a wine and dine experience in the 75-year-old restored Dairy Barn!
    Holiday party
    Friends and wine happily meet in the Tasting Room most Saturdays!

    John Jr
    John Ezzard, Jr. pitches in to help at harvest.
    TNT wine
    Touriga Nacional and Tannat are both grown at Tiger Mountain --- TNT is a popular unique blend of the two!

    TMV partnersThe Ezzards and the McMullans greeted guests at a 2017 wine event at the Red Barn! shelley
    Ezzard daughter Shelly Ezzard Smith makes oyster stew for Christmas Eve and pairs it with Petit Manseng from the unique grape cultivated in the Ezzard Vineyard!


    In addition to logo shirts, vests, hats, and Tiger stripe stoppers, a popular gift for football fans is our Tiger Tanker ---- and an elegant gift for special people in your life for Valentine's or other special occasions is a bottle of Sweet Petit in a lovely mesh sack ---- named "Best Dessert wine in Georgia, 2016." Call TMV Tasting Room manager Delena Joedicke: 706-782-4777.



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    Winemaker John Ezzard at Decatur Sherlocks store.
    Now you can order Tiger Mountain's 2016 Provence style dry Rosé at So Ho Restaurant in Vinings Jubilee where you'll find seasonal presentations with a gourmet flair! Tiger Mountain is pleased to have some of its best wines at the new Lake Burton Bottle Shop, 7885 Hwy 197 -- where owners Tyler and Jessica Boone sell fine wines and craft beer! Four Whole Foods have recently re-stocked TMV wines: Marietta Whole Foods, Avalon, Sandy Springs and Briarcliff as well as Marietta Wine Market! Tiger Mountain is thrilled to be a featured wine at Decatur's exciting new wine and gourmet shop --- Wahoo Wine and Provisions, featuring wine tastings every Saturday! See www.wahooowine.com. Ellijay fans can now purchase some of our latest wines at Appalachian Beverage Warehouse! Clayton's award winning Fortify Kitchen and Bar as well as Fortify Pi list TMV wines. The U-Joint in Clayton features TMV Rabun Red and Norton as does Rumor Hazit restaurant. Fromage Fine Foods in Clayton also serves TMV wine. Tiger Mountain wines can be purchased at The Vineyard Wine Shoppe, 4414 Evans Locke Road, Augusta and at The Wine Shoppe on the square in Blairsville.

    The Salt Table in Savannah, the popular gourmet spice and gift shop, also carries local wines and has a grand selection of Tiger Mountain wines, including the 2016 White Tiger and the latest Mountain Cyn (Norton, also known as Cynthiana, and Cabernet Franc blend). David and Carl Legasse, the owners, are knowledgeable advisers about wines for the holidays! Fernside Package Store is a convenient stop for Toccoa residents to pick up TMV wines, including Petit Manseng and Cabernet Franc. Betty's Country Store in Helen sells a broad selection of Tiger Mountain wines.

    In Thomasville, GA, Liam's Restaurant is "The" place to dine-- Tiger Mountain wines are proudly served there. Guests may enjoy Tiger Mountain wines at the recently remodeled York House in Rabun Gap, an historic inn where owners Stan and Christine Penton host weddings, community events, and guests from around the country. The Healthy Gourmet in Athens now carries TMV wines. Owners Anne and Dave Wells, strong proponents of local food and win, will special order any TMV wines they don't have. Tiger Mountain's popular Rabun Red blend is now available in The Wine Shoppe on the square in Blairsville.

    In Rabun County, the award winning FORTIFY restaurant and bar features Tiger Mountain wines as does the Lake Rabun Hotel with its rustic and elegant setting on the lake. TMV wines are also available at the Lake Rabun Hotel Restaurant, by the glass or bottle. TMV wines are also served at Fromage Fine Foods and Rumor Hazit in Clayton and at the popular Dillard House.

    See Where to Buy for contact information on all of our vendors.

    Martha is scheduling Second Bud book talks for 2019 NOW!

    Her presentation can include an update on the growing North Georgia Wine industry!

    She will speak February 8, 2019 at Lanier Village. Details to come.

    To schedule with Martha, e-mail her: mezzard@windstream.net or call her cell: 404-277-9040.

    Second Bud Reviews

    "In grape growing a second bud sometimes comes along to replace a first that has fallen victim to late spring frosts. As a metaphor for survival, perseverance and unexpected growth, it's pretty darned good. As the title of Martha Ezzard's book, it's perfect." Jill Vejnoska, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dec. 9, 2013

    "The Second Bud," the story of how the grapes came to be, putting Tiger Mountain Vineyards among Georgia's foremost wineries, is a recounting to make Rabun County proud. Michael Leonard, publisher, The Clayton Tribune, Sept. 26, 2013

    Opening Martha Ezzard's The Second Bud is like popping the cork on a bottle of fine wine: the more you sip, the gooder it gets. Forget all the glamorous, foo-foo crap you've ever heard about owning a vineyard; growing wine is hard work and so are the challenges the author and her husband face. So lush is Martha's telling that the reader is caught up in the fragrant, beautiful landscape of the vineyard without ever having set foot on the soil." Nancy Stephan, Memoir/Autobiography Judge Georgia Writers Assn., 2014

    While traveling with Martha from Denver, Colorado to Atlanta and finally full-time to Tiger, be prepared for detours that will yank your heart strings and strike your funny bone... John Shivers, Georgia Mountain Laurel, October 2014

    The Second Bud is a poignant narrative told with humorous anecdotes and poetic visual imagery. M.J. Sullivan, Northeast Georgia Living, spring, 2014

    Ezzard knows how to tell a story, to pull readers out of their everyday routines and lure them into her changing world. "A Toast to The Second bud and Starting Over." Barbara Schneider, publisher, Smoke Signals, Big Canoe News

    It's the idea of being about the soil, a sense of taste and of place.... Scottie Taylor Iverson, the Villager, Denver, Colorado, March 13, 2014

    Where to buy The Second Bud

    Martha Ezzard's book, THE SECOND BUD; DESERTING THE CITY FOR A FARM WINERY, is available in the Tasting Room, the IGA at Marble Hill, Foxtale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, in Prater's Book Store in Clayton, Dahlonega's Naturally Georgia, and independent book stores throughout the southeast as well as The Tattered Cover in Denver.

    In the Atlanta Metro area, the book is available at Cook's Warehouse, Eagle Eye Book Store in Decatur, A Cappella Books in Atlanta, and The Book Exchange in Marietta.

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    Ezzard signs books following a presentation to Auburn University writing class taught by Dr. Terry Ley.
    speakersKristen Fricks Roman, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Martha at the Georgian Club.
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    Rick Bragg
    Pulitzer prize winning writer Rick Bragg gives Martha's book a boost at a recent Atlanta Press Club event!

    Bragg's new book,
    Jerry Lee Lewis, His Own Story, based on hundreds of hours with the most colorful Rock and Roll star of all time, is a compelling true story, one only Bragg could be trusted to reveal.

    Members of the Mount Paran Woods Garden Club discussed rose care in the vineyards with Ezzard as well as grape growing and Georgia wines.

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