About the Owner
Owner of Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery
Her passion for wine and Dahlonega lead her to purchasing the winery in 2015 from it’s original owner Raymond Castleberry. Claire intends to make her own mark in the north Georgia wine market by making “the best wine we can” and to continue the friendly reputation of the tasting room by “creating a warm environment for guests to enjoy our wine.”
Favorite Things: Sitting on the Porch, Drinking Wine with Friends
Vineyard and Winery Team
The Tasting Room Team
Priscilla Butter Sassaman
Tasting Room Manager
Priscilla can schedule your stay at our Cabin in the Vines and help you make your reservation for an upcoming event.
Male Sicilian Donkey
Hotie is one of our two sicilian donkeys. He is our mascot and namesake for several of our wines. Guests enjoy watching them from our tasting porch that overlooks their pasture.
Favorite Things: Braying in the Pasture, Being Famous
The Vineyard Flock
Bug Eaters, Mixed Breeds
Our Vineyard chickens are key to keeping our vines free of bugs and pests. Each day the flock travels from their roost to the grape vines to eat their file.
Favorite Things: Grassy Fields, Juicy Bugs
Female, Sicilian Donkey
She is the other half of our donkey duo. Dulcinea has a slightly different and more narrow shoulder stripe that Hotie. You may recognize her on our 2011 Dulcinea White label and our business cards.
Favorite Things: Fresh Hay
Tinkerbell acts as our friendly and faithful watchdog to keep our animals and vines protected from any predators. She often sits in front of our tasting room to greet guests.
Favorite Things: Welcoming Guests, Milk Bones
Tucker is another of our friendly guardians who can be seen greeting guests and keeps an eye on our livestock. It is not unusual to see Tucker visiting with guests and begging for treats at the tasting room.
Favorite Things: Running in the Vineyard, Cold Creeks, Treats
Canvas and Cork
Wine Tasting Room & Art Gallery
Canvas and Cork is our satellite tasting room. They are the only other location that you can buy Cavender Creek wines other than our own tasting room. They are also a wonderful art gallery, feating art from several local artists. You can sign up for art classes at the gallery every week and learn new techniques including acrylic, alcohol ink, jewelry making, and much more!
Favorite Things: Painting with good friends, meeting new art lovers, sipping on Cavender Creek wines