About the Tumlin Family
Zack and Lauren Tumlin purchased this quintessential farmhouse in 2017. Zack is a local attorney in town and grew up in Gainesville, Georgia. Lauren works in healthcare and is originally from Alabama. Together, they have two beautiful daughters, Tallye Kate and Haynes.
When they aren’t spending their time at Tumlin House & Vineyard to make sure it’s the best it can be, they’re out supporting local, trying restaurants, drinking wine, and entertaining at home. It has been their vision to bring a snapshot of the Dahlonega wine scene to the heart of downtown, and with their new, flourishing vineyard, they’re doing just that!
History of the Vineyard
As soon as the Tumlin family caught word of the new 70-room hotel being built adjacent to their property, they realized the perfect opportunity to offer a full-package small venue. And what would make that venue even more magical? A vineyard. Considering the success of the Dahlonega agri-tourism and viticultural community, the Tumlins dreamed up the idea to establish a small italian-styled family vineyard to complement their charming house.
Over months of research on wine grape varietals, they chose the Norton, The Great American Red, would become their family vine. After consulting locally-owned Cavender Creek vineyards and partnering with Chrysallis Vineyards in Loudon County, Virginia, they had their vines in the ground by March 2020, ready for a full and fruitful first harvest for the Fall of 2023!
History of Norton Grapes
After being discovered in 1607 by English Settlers, the native American grape underwent 200 years of hybridization and manipulation before it was generally accepted as a suitable wine making grape. In the early 1820s, after major contributions in cultivation by Virginians (such as Thomas Jefferson), Dr. Daniel Norton was bestowed as the grape’s namesake. Norton wines eventually won gold in blind European taste testings, and became the epicenter of a major American winemaking awakening that spread to Ohio and westward into Missouri.
Although the Federal Government’s prohibition policy of the 1920s resulted in most of the country’s vines being torn from the earth, some enterprising Missourians hid some of the rootstock deep into the woods. After prohibition was repealed, descendants of these Missourians replaned the vines in vineyard form, restoring the Great American Red to glory. In the early 1990s, the late Dennis Horton brough the Norton back home to Virginia, where it has flourished and grown in popularity. Long live Norton: the Virginia Claret, the Great American Red, the staple of Tumlin House & Vineyard.
This historic house was originally built in 1880 by Captain W. H. McAfee and then sold to William S. Davis in 1885. For generations, the house was passed down through the Davis family (and even served as the local Sigma Chi fraternity house for one semester) until the Tumlins purchased it in 2017.
The Tumlin House was supposed to be Zack’s law office, but it quickly became clear that the property had bigger plans. After joining the VRBO market and hosting two family weddings, the Tumlins decided to pivot to also host events and getaways.
Dahlonega is a small, quaint town in Northeast Georgia that offers an authentic, mountain experience only an hour away from Atlanta. With options to explore the local landmarks or enjoy the shopping and restaurant scene, there’s something for everyone.
To provide Northeast Georgia with a charming lodge and vineyard that gives guests the capacity to host memorable gatherings and events, while enjoying the hill-top views and eclectic energy of our urban farmhouse.
Appreciate the Classics. Honor the Journey. Embrace Curiosity. Leave a Legacy.
We believe that family comes first, good wine takes time, small towns offer big experiences, and special moments are meant to be shared with our favorite people.
This was the perfect house for a bachelorette weekend! It was nice to have privacy, but only be a room away from all of my precious friends! We had a blast and this is the perfect location, within walking distance of downtown!
Such a lovely and spacious house! Our girlfriend vacation was fabulous at the Tumlin House and we would recommend it for any type of function and/or group! Very spacious rooms and a family room for lounging and watching television! We would highly recommend booking a stay at the Tumlin House!
My wedding day was wonderful! 10/10 stars! Couldn’t give this place a better rating! The house is so fabulous also! So close to everything. We walked to the square for dinner and shopping. This week was the best!