Currahee means ‘stand-alone’ in the Cherokee language. It’s the last mountain in the famous Blue Ridge chain, one that has served as a strategic location in various wars throughout history. It’s a place of natural splendor, one that calls children and adults alike to bask in the face of its steep sides.
Currahee Vineyards crafts its wines from native grapes in the region, including Muscadine and Vinifera. It’s a family-owned business that celebrates the beauty of the mountain that sits just outside its grounds.
This business got its start in 2008 when Marvin Dunson began thinking of turning his parent’s apple orchard into a winery. He began planting seeds in 2009, with his daughter serving as an instrumental part of the process. His first four wines were all Muscadine, starting with Sweet Cheryl and following up with 3 Miles White, Currahee Rose, and Golden Harvest. This first wine was a loving tribute to his late wife who never had the chance to see the winery.
Currahee Vineyards now has more than a dozen wines available and has celebrated several wins under the label. Three of the varietals have won Indy International Wine Competition (INDY) medals. So if you’re looking for the best of the best, try the Blanc du Bois, 3 Mile White, and Ole Blue (when available). Guests rave about the personal customer service they receive. The staff is happy to welcome you in and share their love and passion for both wine and the surrounding area.
This fiercely patriotic small business also honors those who have served with limited-edition wines. For instance, Currahee Vineyards produced a custom sparkling wine for Michael Monsoor, a Master at Arms Second Class Navy SEAL who sacrificed his life in Iraq for the sake of his team.
When you’re there, we recommend the following:
3 Mile White
A White Muscadine, this wine pays homage to the wine-making techniques of the old world, even though Muscadine is considered a new-world grape. An aromatic wine, this one was named the DOUBLE GOLD winner at the Finger Lakes International (in addition to the INDY Bronze).
This wine is dark, rich, and highly recommended for those who love blueberries. The complex wine might be heavy on the palate, but it’s perfect for those who want to add a touch of sweetness to their day. This one took home the silver medal at the INDY.
Marvin Dunson’s wife passed away from cancer before her husband was able to turn his family farm into a vineyard. This wine is a sweet red wine that leans heavily on fruity flavors for its finish. It’s a Georgia Muscadine wine that takes cherries to new heights and is a refreshing way to celebrate both the mountain and the resiliency of those who live here.
Currahee Vineyards may not be the largest winery in the world, but it may have the biggest heart. The business is focused on providing customers with far more than just a glass of wine. From the natural backdrop to friendly smiles, this spot has plenty to offer.
– Currahee Vineyards offers in-state and out-of-state shipping of its wines to 37 states.
– Currahee Vineyards does not offer a full menu for lunch or dinner, however, there may be food trucks available when you go.
– The winery often schedules live music on the weekends for a chance to discover local talent.