Call or Text (404) 983-0900

History Of Cavender Castle

Once Upon A Time…

There was an Atlanta based family who dreamed of owning their own winery in North Georgia.  

     This was back in the late 1980’s before there were wineries in this part of the country.  So they did their research and learned that Dahlonega and the surrounding areas had the perfect soil and weather for growing grapes that could produce fine wines.  

     So they purchased nine acres of land in the Cavender Creek area just outside of Dahlonega, started their plantings, and drew up plans for the winery.     But what to build?

     Soon they thought back to a family vacation to Scotland and a really cool castle the family stayed at.  They pulled out their family photos and decided their winery would be a replica of that castle.  Cavender Castle was born!  


Replica of a Scottish Castle... Cavender Castle

Replica of a Scottish Castle… Cavender Castle


     The first bottles of wine were produced around 1994 and Cavender Castle was sold to the Phillips Family who expanded the property to include guest rooms and B&B.   In the late 90’s rare root disease destroyed the grape vines and the Phillips were ready to retire.

     In late 1999 the Durham Family bought the property and used it as personal residence.  The kids, Delaney and Spencer thought it was pretty cool to live in their very own Castle!  The Durhams always did lots of entertaining,  And with Rick’s background in the food and beverage business they decided to re-open Cavender Castle as a fine dining restaurant and night club.

     In 2003 they did their first wedding for a friend not know where it would someday lead them.  Word of mouth spread and they did another wedding, then another.   Soon they had to make a decision to make… are they going to be in the restaurant business or wedding business?     Wisely, the Durhams decided to focus on the wedding business and have become one of the busiest venues in North Georgia!  

     Today they offer three outdoor ceremony sites along with an indoor back up plan.  All food is prepared on site by Rick’s hand picked, friendly staff.  And, Cavender Castle has developed a well earned reputation for “Royal Weddings that are not a Royal Pain!”

Cavender Castle Old World Gazebo Wedding Ceremony Site in Dahlonega Georgia

Cavender Castle Old World Gazebo Ceremony Site



Ready to take the next step?


Print Friendly