Our Wines

Amendment 21

The U.S. Constitution has been formally amended 27 times, but the 21st Amendment is the only one that repeals a previous amendment. We can’t fugure out why they don’t just wipe Amendment 18 off the books, accept then there would be a numerical gap between Amendments 17 and 19. 

Whatever the reason, after fourteen years with nothing to drink, Americans were thirsty and ready to end the noble experiment called Prohibition. We celebrate this legislation with our Bourbon-barrel-aged Norton wine.

Blush

We’re often asked about the difference between a rosé and a blush wine. Well they are kinda sorta the same thing. They are both pink wines, made in one of two ways: either by briefly exposing the wine to the red grape skins during fermentation, or adding a little red wine to a white wine. So whether it’s a blush or a rosé depends on who you ask, what’s in vogue, and if you like to speak French. Just don’t be shy about admitting you love our pink wine!

Cabernet Sauvingnon

During the 17th century, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc got together in the Bordeaux region of southwestern France and created a love child, Cabernet Sauvignon. Today it is the mostplanted wine grape in the world, perhaps because it can thrive in any terroir and still retain its distinctive character of strong tannins, deep, dark color, and rich flavors of currants, cherries, tobacco, and chocolate.

Cabernet Sauvignon is so popular, the grape has its own holiday; International Cabernet Sauvignon Day is celebrated every August 30. Decant this wine at room temperature for about an hour and pair with a juicy steak.

Castleberry Red

Veteran. Teacher. Entrepreneur. American patriot. We call him Friend. That’s Raymond Castleberry.

Starting in 2007, Raymond planted each vine and watered them by hand. In 2009, he produced his first wines. Together with his wife, Donna, Raymond built Cavender Creek Vineyards and Winery into what it is today.

We thought we’d honor the Castleberrys with a wine that is as bold as they are. Made from their own vines, this blend of Norton and Cabernet Sauvignon was given the time and love that makes Cavender Creek wines so delightful. We hope Raymond will be proud.

Chardonnay

A couple of decades ago, Chardonnay became unfashionable. But Americans still drink more of it than any other kind of wine. Why can’t we just admit that we like it?

Here at Cavender Creek Vineyards, we’ve never been slaves to fashion. We’re proud to offer our first Charonnay, which our winemaker styled with two fermentations and less oak to produce a citrus flavor with soft texture. You’re gonna love it, but you don’t have to admit it right now. When Chardonnay becomes fashionable again, you’ll be a trendsetter.

Donkey Hotie

Our first male donkey was named Hotie (pronounced HO-tee). Donkey Hotie, get it? (What? You didn’t have to read that novel in high school?) Sadley he passed away, but during his time with us when he was not clamoring to be the center of attention, he was braying for oats and other treats. He was a little bit sassy and he had quite an attitude, much like this blend of Norton and Cabernet Franc. And like Hotie, this wine has a personality of its own. Bold and full-bodied, it’s so delicious that you will stubbornly refuse to drink anything else.

Dulcinea

From the very beginning, this wine defied description. Kinda like Dulcinea herself. In the old Don’s mind, she was a beautiful, dainty princess worthy of his heart and acts of chivalry done in her name. It took Sancho Panza nearly half the book to realize that he was talking about a local farm girl, built like a brick house (think: Sophia Loren, who played Dulcinea in the first movie version) with a loud voice and manly strength.

As this wine developed, she was at times bold and intense, then soft and subtle. At last, a kiss of sweetness made her perfect. Kinda like Dulcinea herself.

Jack

Our Cellar Master is like a mad scientist. He spends most of his day downstairs in his lab experimenting with blends he thinks you’ll like. In his free time, he makes beer. Even grows his own hops in the back pasture. So when he brought up this blend of Traminette and hops for us to taste, we were wowed! A wine for beer-lovers!

What? You don’t think wine and hops go together? Then you don’t know Jack.

One-Eyed Jack

One-eyed jacks. Only two of them in the deck. What are they hiding on the other side of the face? An intriguing birthmark? A shaving accident? We may never know. We decided to create a blend of Norton and Merlot that is as playful as its namesake. Bold, yet smooth. Peppery, yet jammy. This wine has flavor in spades. Each sip holding a wonderful blend of flavors that will steal your heart. Sometimes one-eyed jacks are wild. We think you’ll be wild about the taste.

Petit Manseng

Petit Manseng was a favorite of the French novelist, Colette, who said of this wine, “I was a girl when I met this prince; aroused, imperious, treacherous, as all great seducers are.” She called it séduction du vert galant. While none of us speak French around here, we’re pretty sure that means “sexy.” This grape, which orginates from the southwest of France, grows well here in the sunny foothills of Georgia.

Our Petit Manseng has a certain certain je ne sais quoi, which means you’re gonna love it.

Sangria

Now you can take the party home with you! Our crazy-popular sangria is finally in a bottle! Serve it chilled on a hot afternoon and ease into the evening with barbeque or something from the grill.

Syrah

You like potato, I like potahto. You like tomato, I like tomahto. You say Shiraz, I say Syrah…

Wait, what?

Yes, we’re talking about the same thing! When Syrah traveled from its birthplace in the Rhone Valley of Southern France to Australia, the winemakers there started calling it Shiraz. (We figure that’s partly because of the accent and partly because Aussies make many words more fun to say, like how they say “barbie” for barbeque.)

And speaking of barbeque, pair it with grilled beef, pulled port, lamb chops, or wild game. Our smoky Syrah is a classic, an explosion of flavor with dark fuit, toasted oak, and spice.

So no need to call the whole thing off! Pronounce it however you like. Let’s just agree that it’s one of the best wines you’ve ever tasted!

Viognier

Vog-ner. Veeg-ner. Vwog-nee-er. There are more than 64 ways to pronounce “Viognier,” but the gnerally accepted pronunciation is “vee-own-yay.” (OK, so maybe we made up that first part.) Often called “the red-drinker’s white,” this grape hails from southern France and is the most-planted white varietal from that region in the United States. But because few people have ever heard of it and even fewer can pronounce it, there is plenty to go around.

Don’t be embarrassed if you can’t pronounce it. One taste you’ll be shouting “Vive la Viognier!”

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