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Our Story

Welcome to our Home!

Here you will find much History and Heritage throughout the nine generations that have occupied this land.

What is Home today at Watermelon Creek Vineyard, began on the banks of Watermelon Creek in 1812. It was then that three members of the Padgett family settled and began a legacy that forged its influence on agriculture, business, and spiritual life in Tattnall County for over 150 years.  Once the site of a sawmill, grist mill, turpentine still, barrel making, general store, post office, and the Padgett home place, Watermelon Creek Vineyard now flourishes as a testimony to the love, labor, and devotion that the Padgett family dedicated to this area.

The proprietors, Charles and Deborah Tillman, and family restored and occupy the original home. In 2012, Watermelon Creek Vineyard was born as a destination venue and full service Georgia farm winery with Tasting Room and Vineyard Store. The fifteen-acre site includes The Barn Yard, The Pond, The Mill House, The Vineyard, Watermelon Creek nature area, and the Winery Complex.

Featuring Georgia Grown muscadine wines and edibles, local artisan crafts and creations, and events throughout the year, you will feel right at Home at Watermelon Creek Vineyard, so plan your visit today.  We are a full-service Georgia Farm Winery.




We invite you to come see for yourself the beauty of Watermelon Creek Vineyard.

Come Visit

Charles Tillman
Charles Tillman
Owners and Wine Lovers
Charles and Deborah Tillman


A Labor of Love

Georgia Farm Monitor paid us a visit and learned it's not just the wine, but the land's history that makes us what we are.




We were honored to be featured in South Magazine October/November 2012 issue as the location setting for Raw & Refined: Southern Culture, Couture, and Cuisine by Libbie Summers and Liesa Cole.

Produced and Art Directed by Libbie Summers
Photography by Liesa Cole
Edited by Katie and John Gaiser, A Married Couple