Red wine grapes from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia, and from Crane Creek Vineyards own micro-climate, produce red wines that are unique to any other part of the United States. Generally more light to medium bodied in nature, delicate, with slightly higher acids, lower alcohol levels and a complex minerality.
CCV’s Award Winning Hellbender Red is 100% Norton, a native grape with strong American history. Starting with its perfume of dark fruit, zesty spice and toasty vanilla, Norton’s natural acidity is in perfect balance with the fruit forward palate which eases into toasty oak and cedar as it lingers in the mouth. Enjoy now or age for five to seven years. Named after the elusive Hellbender salamander native to the cold waters of the North Georgia mountains.
Silver Metal, 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2016, Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge
Gold Medal 2014, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Bronze medal, 2012 Finger Lakes International Competition
Silver medal 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2011, Finger Lakes International Competition
Silver medal, 2010 International Eastern Wine Competition
Gold medal, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
This spicy native red goes well with game meats – wild duck or pheasant, as well as smokey chilies and stews.
Fully Noiret, this light bodied Bordeaux style is low in tannins, big in flavor and embodies aromas of winter fruits with subtle hints of cherry, black pepper, and currant. The rich purple color tones give way to soft raspberry, dark fruit, choke cherries mid-palate and a black pepper finish.
Silver medal, 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver medal, 2017 Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge
Mountain Harvest Red
100% Chambourcin (shahm-boor-san) Crimson in color and fruit forward, This red has a pleasant but not overbearing sweetness. Jammy ripe red fruit gives way to undertones of mocha and vanilla. Double Gold Winner – 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Overall Winner -Best Hybrid Grape Wine- 2019 Georgia Trustees Wine Competition.
Best Hybrid Grape Wine, 2019 Georgia Trustees Competition
Double Gold medal, 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Try pairing with with fatty meats- roasted lamb and pork belly. Or serve with dark chocolate, as the berry flavors of the wine and chocolate intermingle exceptionally well.