Our Team

About the Owner


 

Claire Livingston

Claire Livingston

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


 

Bobby Phelps

Bobby Phelps

Vineyard Manager

John Perry

Vineyard Hand

Campbell Baldwin

Vineyard Hand

Jonathan Pabon

Vineyard Hand

Jay Cole

Vineyard Hand

Jeffry Butter

Jeffry Butter

Assistant Vineyard Hand

Sawyer Soucie

Vineyard Hand

Nick Daum

Vineyard Hand

Max Sinclair

Vineyard Hand

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.

John Perry

Wine Steward

Hope Heist

Wine Steward

Hannah McDonald

Wine Steward

Jonathan Pabon

Wine Steward

Emily Paulk

Wine Steward

Emily McCart

Wine Steward

Catherine Pringle

Wine Steward

Sammy Wardach

Wine Steward

Ryleigh Kaiser

Wine Steward

Farm Stewards


 

Donkey Hotie

Donkey Hotie

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

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

Dulcinea

Dulcinea

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

Tinkerbell

Great Pyrenees

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

Tucker

Great Pyrenees

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

Local Vendors


 

Canvas and Cork

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