What: Tiger Mountain Vineyards
Who: John & Martha Ezzard
The Story: In 1995, John and Martha Ezzard, doctor and lawyer respectively, changed their careers and lifestyles to return to John’s birthplace, a 100 -acre farm in Rabun County to a piece of land that Martha says “is part of John’s soul.” People ask if they had always dreamt of having a vineyard, but John says no –they “wanted to save a special piece of earth.” Because the land had always been cultivated, they wanted to grow something –so he stumbled upon wine grapes! John and Martha put the first 1,500 plants in the ground with their own two hands in 1995 and then peddled their first wines out of the back of an SUV all over the state. Less than 10 years later, Tiger Mountain Wine has won more than 170 medals, including a double gold and best of class for its Petit Manseng in the Los Angeles International Competition! Their wines are served in top Atlanta restaurants and can be found in Georgia Fresh Markets in Georgia as well as in Metro Atlanta Whole Foods stores.
You can tour the vineyard & taste delicious Tiger Mountain Wine at Tiger Mountain Vineyards in Tiger, Georgia.
Martha’s book “The Second Bud,” a memoir about planting a wine grape vineyard to save a family farm, will be published by Mercer University Press in the the fall of 2013.
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