b'TOURISMPaulk VineyardsBy Kathryn MurrayI f you hit the Satilla Road in Wray, Georgia, you might find yourself driving past an uncommon sight for South Georgia. Instead of acres and acres of cotton and peanuts, youre much more likely to see row upon row of grapevines. The first muscadine vine, a native American grape, was planted on Paulk Farms in 1970. Paulk Vineyards nowPapa Jacob started the pick-your-own out of their grows over 600 acres of muscadineshouse years ago because so many folks locally were and scuppernongs, making them the largest muscadine vineyard in theinterested in purchasing muscadines.world. In 2017, they opened their winery after supplying fresh fruit and juice to- JORJANNE PAULKwineries for almost half a century. Fresh from the farm, seasonal muscadines, blackberries, andSouthern Vineyards: Chris Paulk examines muscadines at Paulk Vineyards in Wray, Georgiastrawberries are available for u-pick or packaged ready to take home. Whilemuscadine and scuppernong juices the strawberry season has ended,and jams, as well as other Georgia-blackberries are available from Maymade goodies. The tasting room is through July and muscadines fromopen year-round Monday through August through September.Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Jorjanne Paulk says they are justand Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 carrying on the family tradition. Papap.m. Jacob started the pick-your-own outAt Paulk Vineyards, the calendar isPAULKof their house years ago because sopacked full of events from flowerv ineyardsmany folks locally were interested inarranging demonstrations and pouring purchasing muscadines.your own candle to live music. Join us in the tasting room to sample 17 varieties of wine, Whats always in season at PaulkIts Blackberries and Bluegrass onincluding 11 from the Paulk Vineyards are their muscadine wineSaturday, June 26, when you can pickVineyards collection made from slushies and their family of muscadinedelicious blackberries and listen toauthentic muscadines and fruits wines. music provided by The Blues Factorgrown on the Paulk family farm Duo.or from Georgia farmers. The new Paulks tasting room features 17Sweet Tree wines are created varieties of wine, including 11 from theOn Labor Day weekend, youllfrom muscadines and infused Paulk Vineyards collection made fromalso find Paulk Vineyardsnatural fruit flavors. authentic muscadines and fruits grownhosting the Georgia Muscadine on the Paulk family farm or GeorgiaFestival, find out more details atTASTING ROOM HOURSfarms. The new Sweet Tree wines aregeorgiamuscadinefestival.com 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. MondayFriday created from muscadines and infused10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdaynatural fruit flavors.If youre up for a unique perspective1788 Satilla RoadIn the tasting room, visitors can alsoof the farm, you can even stay inWray, Georgia 31798their Airbnb Yellow House in the find a collection of Paulk VineyardsWinery: Visitors enjoy sampling a variety of wines at PaulkVineyards. Vineyards tasting room.46 SG MAGAZINE | SPRING 2021 BUSINESS + CULTURE 47'