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

Evan Mobley

Vineyard Hand

Gus Wilson

Cellar Master

Nick Daum

Vineyard Hand

The Tasting Room Team


 

Kari Oaks

Kari Oaks

Tasting Room Manager

Kinslee Hanley

Wine Steward

Savannah Self

Wine Steward

Arianna Disser

Wine Steward

Ryleigh Kaiser

Wine Steward

Kirby Kendall

Wine Steward

Grace Boatright

Wine Steward

Jay Cole

Wine Steward

Cassie Heslin

Wine Steward

Mackenzie Mobley

Wine Steward

Emily Bishop

Wine Steward

Farm Stewards


 

Dulcinea

Dulcinea

Female, Sicilian Donkey

You may recognize her on our 2011 Dulcinea White label and our business cards.


Favorite Things: Fresh Hay

Benjamin & Gabriel

Benjamin & Gabriel

Alpacas

These are the two newest members of the Cavender Creek farmyard.


Favorite Things: Sweet feed, hanging out with Dulcinea

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

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

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

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

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