Our Story

Our mission is simple: We want to make good wines, and provide a warm, friendly place for our guests to enjoy them.

— Claire Livingston, Owner

Donna and Raymond were both retired school teachers and thoroughly enjoyed being winemakers. But in 2015 they decided to retire again, and sold Cavender Creek Vineyards to retired college professor, Claire Livingston. 

Here at Cavender we endeavor to produce hand-crafted wines that reflect the personal attention to detail that a winery of our size allows. 


Raymond Castleberry had a passion for making wine. So in 2006, he and his wife, Donna, bought some land in Lumpkin County, Georgia. He planted every vine by hand: first Norton, then Cabernet Sauvignon, and last, Petit Manseng. The seasons passed, the weather was perfect, and the vines flourished. Three years later, the first wines were produced. Then Raymond decided he needed a tasting room so that he could share the results of this labor of love with the world. So the tasting room was opened in 2011. Since then, he has produced not only many vintages, both reds and whites, both dry and semi-sweet. And his tasting room has become known as a great place to spend an afternoon tasting wines.

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We feature a 1820’s hand-hewn log cabin, disassembled and moved down from Rodgersville, Tennessee , which serves as guest accommodations, overlooking the vineyard on 15 acres of beautiful rolling North Georgia hills. Next door is the winery, with three sides below ground, styled after an old-fashioned barn, like the one already on the property. The tasting room offers a spacious deck extending over the crush pad below. From the deck you can enjoy a view of the vineyards and the surrounding mountainous scene, including a number of donkeys, sheep, and a big white “pasture guardian” dog – all adding up to a fun family experience.

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