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Flavorful and Fruity Wines Rule at Fox Vineyards and Winery

By Pamela Sosnowski

Fox Vineyards and Winery has been delighting the Covington area with its selection of sweet fruit-based wines for over 30 years. It all started thanks to the religious devotion of one of its founders.

"Our winery was founded in 1984 by my grandfather and my father, John and Ken (Fuchs)," Evan Fuchs, the winery's manager, said. "My grandfather is a very religious Catholic and wanted to provide the communion wine for the local St. Augustine church. We still donate their communion wine to this day."

The Fuchs were also inspired by a need to produce wines that would pair well with traditional local cuisine and deliver Southern charm to the palette. In 1983, they settled on a 15-acre lot and farm 30 miles east of Atlanta in the Piedmont area of northern Georgia and began cultivating grapes that produced Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, as well as several other European varieties of wine.

The winery now mostly focuses on growing two variety of native Georgia grapes, Muscadines and Scuppernongs. These get combined, along with fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries, to make up the current roster of wine offerings. Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, and several fruity flavors of specialty wines are usually available for tastings and to purchase.

Fuchs, who has worked at the winery since he was in elementary school, has his own favorite flavor.

"My personal favorite of ours also happens to be our best seller, a wine named Bonny Blueberry," he said. "It's a sweet fruit wine made entirely from blueberries."

The winery is open Wednesdays through Sundays for complimentary tastings and to purchase wine. The production floor and vineyard may be viewed year-round, and the winery sells several locally made food goods including jam, butter, crackers, and honey, as well as wine-related accessories. During the summer months, when the fruit used to make the wine is in season, selections will be offered at 10 percent off.

Customer reviews rave about how knowledgeable and friendly the staff is, and their willingness to answer questions about the winery and its offerings. They can also make recommendations, particularly about the types of food that pair well with their wines.

Fox Vineyards and Winery is always experimenting with new flavors, so you'll never know what you'll taste when you return for a visit.

"The locals are more accustomed to homemade wine, which allows us to find an audience for sweet and fruit wines, and gives us room to experiment," Fuchs said. "Our most recent foray for that is an apple wine with some cinnamon, which I don't think could be as popular elsewhere in the world."

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