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

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white tiger wine
JOIN US APRIL 21 for the White Tiger Release Party. Hors d'oeuvres and live jazz, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission, $15. White Tiger is TMV's own unique blend of Petit Manseng, Vioignier, and Seyval Blanc! A great spring and summer wine - crisp and refreshing with soft cheeses, pastas, crepes!


  • The TMV Tasting Room offers six dry red wines and two whites. There are always gourmet cheeses too! Try our latest Cabernet Franc which is getting rave reviews!

  • April 28 -- Grand Opening of The Red Barn for the 2018 season! Two glasses of wine for the price of one, live music! Saturday lunch, 11:30 to 2:30; Saturday dinner, 5 to 9 p.m., Sunday Brunch 11:30 to 2:30. Menus will be posted on Red Barn page. Leslee Pennington is our caterer for the season, a graduate of Cordon Bleu with six months culinary study in Spain and Sous Chef last season to Red Barn Chef David Sweeney.

  • April 30: The TMV Tasting Room will be open seven days a week through November, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Stop by and taste five dry red wines and two whites. There are always gourmet cheeses too! Try our latest Cabernet Franc which is getting rave reviews and take advantage of spring savings on TNT (a blend of Portuguese Touriga Nacional and French Tannat) normally $22 per bottle now $20 per bottle. It's a superb dry red wine, grown at Tiger Mountain and  full of dark cherry aromas with a rich earthy finish.

  • Feed and Seed Marching Abominables
  • May 12 -- Annual Awakening of the Vines celebration with the Seed and Feed Marching Abominables, gourmet picnic under the big tent. For wine club members and their guests - and our business partners. First taste of the 2017 Rosé (Last vintage was named "best Rose in Georgia!") Formal invitations have been mailed. Don't miss the early bird rsvp deadline of May 5 to save $10 per person!

  • Delena

    WELCOME DELENA (D.J.) JOEDICKE, TMV's NEW WINERY MANAGER! Maria Adkins (left) of the TMV staff, raises a toast to D.J. (right) on behalf of the entire staff!

    rabun red

    Tiger Mountain's 2015 Rabun Red is getting rave reviews - more full-bodied than usual ... best Rabun Red ever! Purchase a case before the end of February and receive a bonus bottle (for every case you buy!)

    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

    The Red Barn and Chef David Sweeney were featured in the recent Atlanta Journal Constitution Food section in an article by Food Editor Ligaya Figueras. If you have not supped farm-to-table style in an old dairy barn, perhaps it is time. Atlanta chef David Sweeney brings a smart slate of clean, produce-driven dishes to this seasonally operated, intimate restaurant at Tiger Mountain Vineyards, a short drive from Clayton, GA.

    ***See entire AJC article here.

  • 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 is a showstopper! One of the best vintages have ever produced. Only 125 cases produced. It exudes dark berry tones with a touch of leathery earth. Great with duck, lamb, roasted pork, or ham.

  • touriga
  • The elegant Touriga, 2015 vintage, was released at our Christmas Open House. It is an aromatic wine, the main grape in fine ports. It has a distinct flowery nose and pairs well with duck, port, aged cheeses, and mushrooms.

  • petit mensang
  • The 2016 Petit Manseng is now available in the Tasting Room and and was named "Best wine in Georgia" in the 2017 Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge. Tiger Mountain's John Ezzard pioneered Petit Manseng in Georgia; TMV vintages have won four gold medals in the last four years -- one each in Los Angles and San Francisco and The Jefferson Cup Invitational. The 2015 vintage won gold in the 2016 International Eastern in which 1500 East Coast and mid-Atlantic wines competed!


    Spring bursts forth at Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 2018.
    Warm Springs Cellars
    Sonya Cunningham, owner of Warm Springs Wine Cellars, Lisa Ezzard and Martha Ezzard at a recent event at the Cellars which featured Tiger Mountain wines!!

    Family and friends presented Dr. John Ezzard, founder of Tiger Mountain fine dry wines 20 years ago, with a crystal cup at the harvest party: "Pioneer Vintner of the South"
    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!


    Emma Miller, a 2017 UGA graduate who interned last summer at Tiger Mountain, still does all of the winery's social media. An outstanding young woman with a great future!
    TNT wine

    Touriga Nacional and Tannat are both grown at Tiger Mountain --- TNT is a popular unique blend of the two!

    TMV partnersTM partners Ezzards and McMullans celebrate recent gold medal wine awards 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 manager Brandon Craft: 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! Sky Valley Country Club, which recently featured TMV wines at a dinner, now lists them for members to enjoy at any time. The award winning Fortify Kitchen and Barn as well as Fortify Pi both list Tiger Mountain wines. Fortify Pi now offers our latest dry Rose, Cabernet Franc based. Tiger Mountain Rabun Red and Viognier are now available at the new Wicked Pig in downtown Clayton! You can now order Tiger Mountain Norton at the U-Joint in Clayton - great with their fabulous burgers! Also in Clayton, Grapes and Beans has Tiger Mountain's Rabun Red - and at White Birch Provisions on Savannah Street, you can purchase Tiger Mountain wines by the bottle, including the gold medal Petit Manseng! The legendary Partridge Inn in Augusta is where many Masters golf fans and VIPs often stay. Tiger Mountain wines can also be purchased at Augusta's best known wine shop, The Vineyard Wine Shoppe, 4414 Evans Locke Road. Tiger Mountain is proud to have recently placed its Georgia grown wines there!

    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 2018 NOW!

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

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

    January 7: First Sunday Lecture Series, Smyrna Public Library, book talk and state of Georgia Wine Industry.

    March 15: Book Club, Gainesville. Contact: Dancey Wynne danceyhoyt@aol.com

    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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