We recently went on our annual friendcation to Blue Ridge, Georgia where we spent four days and three nights enjoying time together amongst the beautiful mountain landscape. We spent most of the first day traveling and settling into our cabin. After enjoying a slow morning and relaxing afternoon in the cabin (that’s what vacation is for, right?) on the second day, we decided to go exploring and discovered a winery right down the road.
Serenberry Vineyards is located in Morganton, Georgia just a few short country miles from Blue Ridge. On one of our previous trips to Blue Ridge, we went to a winery and quickly realized we were underdressed and out of place so we crossed our fingers that Serenberry would be more laid back.
Pulling down the gravel road, we passed multiple country homes (one even had two very fat pigs penned up out front) before dead ending into the vineyards. We were surprised to be the only car in the parking lot but we ventured into the tasting room where we were greeted with a warm welcome.
The history of Serenberry Vineyards goes back to the 1960s when Henry and Ethelyn Jernigan purchased acreage with a house and barn that was built in the 1920s. They sold the house and converted the barn into what is known as The Little House. In 2012, The Little House was renovated back to it’s original roots as the Tasting Barn.
We were greeted in the tasting room by Mary who gave us two tasting options – $4 for four wines or $7 to try all seven. It was a no-brainer that I wanted to try everything the winery had to offer while Adam opted to try only the reds. Mary poured our first glass and encouraged us to make ourselves at home and wander around the winery. She would be waiting for us when we were ready for our next taste.
We sipped our wines and chatted with Mary who told us the history of the property and how the wines were made. The crops take five years to mature before the fruit can be used to make wine. The grapes are rotated to offer variation and the winery pairs with local orchards, including Mercier Orchards which is one of our favorite stops in Blue Ridge, to produce different blends.
We sipped our wine in chairs around a fire pit. The weather was absolutely beautiful and we watched the sun start to set behind the vineyards. My favorite wine from the selections was Swan White, a crisp white with hints of green apple, though I also enjoyed Apple-lachian Harvest, a seasonal dessert wine made from an assortment of apple varieties from Merciers Orchards. Adam preferred the Blue Ridge Red, a Cabernet Sauvignon with black cherry flavors and a bit of oak. Serenberry’s other wine options included Tipton’s Treasure White, Railroad Red, Little House White, and Hot House Red, each with their own distinct flavor profiles.
We loved the laid back atmosphere at Serenberry Vineyards, a far cry from our snobby winery experience in years past. We truly felt at home and wished we could stay after dark to enjoy more wine around the fire pit. As we were packing up to leave, more cars pulled in with patrons looking to taste the wine. If you’re planning a trip to Blue Ridge, we highly recommend you take a little bit of time out of your afternoon to enjoy Serenberry Vineyards. And maybe you’ll leave with a bottle or two as a souvenir from your visit.