Stone Mountain Vineyards was the fifth winery we visited over a three day weekend in April. Originally, we did not plan to visit Stone Mountain but Elliot at White Hall Vineyards suggested we make trip, although he did provide the caveat that Stone Mountain is a "destination vineyard" (meaning you have to know where you're going because it's out quite a ways from the other area vineyards). Needless to say, we took Elliot's advice and started the trip from White Hall to Stone Mountain. The drive is fairly nice, especially on a nice day like we had, until you turn off onto a dirt road for the last couple miles up to the vineyard. The road is quite crooked and steep, and is just a step or two above a backwoods logging road.
Once we arrived at the winery, we instantly noticed the grand view of the valley below. Upon entering the building, we began to see the winery was quite a bit more “down home” than any of the other wineries we visited in the area. First, we noticed the souvenir items promoting the winery’s Bacon Hollow Revenuers’ Select wine. Then, after we began our tasting, something happened that I found a little sad and very unprofessional. A group of locals, whom the staff knew, arrived and told the staff they had hiked up the mountain to winery. The locals purchased a bottle of wine and then headed out to the deck. As soon as the door closed behind them, the staff member who was serving us began trashing the reputation of one of the women in group to the other members of the winery staff. And, it was done at a volume that could be heard across the room. It was uncomfortable to listen to and reminded me a lot of the old Gossip Girls skit on Hee Haw.
Although none of the wines we tasted were better than average, we decided to have a glass of wine on the deck and enjoy the view. We also purchased one of the boxed lunches sold by winery to have with our wine. The lunches are prepared by an area restaurant and, although a bit pricey at $15 each, contained a tasty assortment cheeses, fruits and other snacks. After the glass of wine and snacks, it was time for the trip back down the dirt road.
My overall opinion of the Stone Mountain Vineyard is that, unless you are going specifically for the view or you have visited most of the other wineries in the area, you should spend the two to three hours required to visit the winery visiting some of the other wineries in the area. Neither the wine nor the staff make a visit to Stone Mountain a necessity when touring the wineries of the area.
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