Montaluce Winery and Le Vigne Restaurant-Dahlonega, Georgia and a recipe for Berkshire Pork Meatballs
The weather in the South has been absolutely gorgeous lately, so rather than spend a day on the computer, what better way to spend a beautiful Autumn day than to go on a road trip! This time we headed to a North Georgia winery, Montaluce Winery & Restaurant.
Now, I know that you might be thinking…Georgia wine…who would travel anywhere to drink some of that? Well, let me tell you, lots of people! Dahlonega, Georgia is home to several wineries and it has become quite the popular place to visit.
The day we arrived, Montaluce was incredibly busy with wine tastings and visitors. Montaluce is also the home of Le Vigne, their on-site restaurant. Le Vigne and the Executive Chef, Steve Hartman (formerly Chef de Cuisine at The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee), were recently featured in the October 2010 issue of Southern Living Magazine. (Update – They now have a different restaurant and chef, but maintain a similar focus on local and seasonal foods.)
Of course, we came to drink some wine and have lunch, but I also wanted to sit down with Rob Beecham to talk about Montaluce. (Update – The Beechams were the previous owners of the winery.)
I first met Rob, who is a Partner in Montaluce with his dad and brother, at Stir It 28 in Atlanta (this was a Haiti relief effort by food bloggers). I saw him at several more food, wine and blogging events after that. In fact, it is Rob who got me obsessed with Twitter. (Should I thank him or never speak to him again?!) Rob has become such a great friend that he was one of the major sponsors for the Atlanta Food Blog Forum. Those folks sure liked that Georgia wine!
Montaluce sits on four hundred acres in the North Georgia mountains. The vineyard occupies forty acres of that land. The northern border of the property is the Chattahoochee National Forest and the western border is the Etowah River. The river’s headwaters flow down from the North and the National Forest.
I can certainly see why they fell in love with this piece of property. The views from the terrace of Le Vigne over the vineyards and the rolling hills are truly breathtaking. I felt like I was in Tuscany. With a few more glasses of wine, I just might have actually been there!
Oh my Goodness! Thank you so much for sharing this. I have to plan a day trip or perhaps an overnight stay nearby? Your food photos are mouth watering. I am hitting print on that recipe. Thanks again.
It truly is a beautiful spot with incredible food and wine. There are a few B&B’s. If you are interested in the names, you can email me at email@example.com. I hope you get to make the trip soon! BTW, have a glass of wine for me! 😉
What a wonderful road trip for you and the Mr. Beautiful scenery, great food and wine…when will they be starting on those condos?
They are working on the funding process now, so keep your fingers crossed! It would be a beautiful weekend spot to pop up to from Atlanta and it seems like worlds away!
Oh thank you so much for sharing, I just love this post. I love how much each winery has a personality of it’s own. Next time I am in Georgia I will remeber I have this place to visit.
This is definitely a winery not to miss when you get to Georgia. There are a few others nearby, so you can have a little weekend adventure!
This looks amazing! What a fun time! Wonderful writing and pictures!
Thanks, Alison! 🙂
What a fantastic post Gwen – you are becoming quite the ‘travel.eat.write’ person here. Love it! Through you I live vicariously….lol….
Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
Thanks for the comment. I really enjoy writing about the On the Road adventures.
There will be more to come!
Yet another find! Maybe you could take a few of us along on this culinary excursions! Who knew that Georgia has it own wine country!
Surprise! Georgia has several wineries that have nice wines. They are definitely getting noticed now for producing some more sophisticated wines.
Wow…beautiful place, and the food….that Charcuterie plate with house-made Lavosh looks divine.
Yes, that Charcuterie plate was divine! Their chicken liver pate is to die for!
Wow! Great writing, Gwen…gorgeous photos, too (they make me so, so hungry). Definitely want to try those meatballs. I would have never thought to incorporate ricotta into the meat mix. Brilliant!
Thank you for your comment. I have already printed the meatball recipe and am definitely going to make a batch soon! It does sound very interesting. I am sure they have to be incredibly good if Chef Hartman makes them!
I hope you enjoy the recipe.
Now you’re really talking! On the Road to wineries…what a fantastic post and exquisite photos. Why don’t you bring that luxurious gas-guzzler out to CA for a little On the Road winery action with the Newf in My Soup people?! BTW, you’re looking very tan and relaxed after such a stressful and busy summer 😉
Be careful what you wish for, we just might take you up on that invitation! There are a whole lotta wineries on your side of the country! We get could into some real trouble out West! 🙂
These photos, food and wine description look amazing. I am in Virginia and love visiting VA vineries.. I guess I need to take a trip to Georgia Soon.. I have been telling my husband we need to visit the Atlanta Aquarium, I guess I forgot to mention to visit some vineries too.
I have been to a few Virginia wineries, but it was a long time ago. I think all of the states are getting better with their winemaking. A trip to the aquarium and the wineries would be great fun!
So stunning. Can I please join you next time? You never fail to take us to beautiful, inspired places. I have never been to a winery before, but now I have very high standards. The restaurant looked amazing too…that pear tart had me singing! Thanks for sharing.
You are always welcome to come along! 🙂 The pear dessert was wonderful, but so was all of the fun. I was swept away…truly!
Hope things are better for your family.
relaxing, beautiful and so envious!
Thank you and yes, it is relaxing and beautiful. I was totally relaxed after a few glasses of wine on a sunny afternoon! 🙂
Wow! This is amazing and incredible and a trip that would enchant me and the mister. We love taking trips like this – beautiful scenery, great food and wine tastings but even in France it doens’t get half as beautiful or wonderful as this, I kid you not! Now I really do want to visit you!
France has to be as pretty! I have been to Provence a couple of times and I thought it was beautiful. Let’s trade! 😉
You are always welcome to come and visit! We’ll head right up to Montaluce!
Gwen, you are doing a great job discovering all the wonderful places to eat and drink. I enjoyed the pictures and the recipe.
Thank you Leslie. I am glad that you are enjoying our trips as much as we are!
Gwen, thanks for tempting us all with these lovely photos of food and wine. Looks like it was well worth it to take a break from tweeting 😉 Though knowing me I would have been tweeting pics the whole time! Great photos of you- -you look so relaxed! xo
Relaxed…who’ relaxed?! I am glad that I appear to be! After a few glasses of wine, I guess maybe I was!
What?! You left by chopper?!
What a wonderful experience. Your photo of the salad is actually inspiring me to go outside, pick some figs and make a fig and arugula salad of my own. 🙂
When I come visit you in Atlanta, (becaus I WILL!), we’ll have to make a day trip here. Beautiful!!!
You better come to Atlanta sometime soon! We can have a major wine and food coma for several days. It sounds like so much fun! Then we can all leave in the chopper!
Can’t comment on the wines but oh dear god all of those dishes look just perfect! The textures, argh! And with such a setting, I am altogether highly envious. Incredibly highly. Mountainously high.
It was a really special visit and the food was every bit as good as it looks! Great scenery, awesome food and lovely wines…it doesn’t get much better than that!
What an enchanting road trip! Thanks for sharing the meatballl recipe – I can never refuse a good meatball LOL That chopper ride back must have been fun!!
The sights, scene, food and drink are all so enchanting! You’re lucky to have this so close to you, and how nice that they shared a recipe!
Another beautiful trip Gwen, so inspiring! Those meatballs sound delish!
Oh, I saw Dahlonega and my heart just about stopped with joy. I’ve not been to Montaluce (which looks fantastic), but one of my favorite dessert wines is Dahlonega Gold that comes out of Three Sisters Vineyards in GA. If you ever get the chance, give them a visit (and bring back a bottle or two of that wine). 🙂