5 North Georgia Wineries Worth Visiting
If you think great wineries are only on the west coast, you’re missing out. Get a babysitter and visit these nearby North Georgia wineries with your special someone or a group of friends. For all wineries, check tasting and tour hours before heading out, because schedules change seasonally.
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A gorgeous environment for tasting: sweeping views of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, a waterfall terrace, an array of 19th century French wine artifacts, and a fieldstone cellar. Winemaker’s tour and tasting events are offered at noon on weekends ($40 per person) and include an educational tour of the state-of-the-art winery and winemaking techniques. Tastings are available most days of the week; groups larger than eight need reservations. The Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Chardonnay, and blends. Location: Dahlonega
Three Sisters Vineyards
Expect a laid-back vibe at this longtime family-owned winery, hosting frequent live music performances, a folk art gallery, and indoor and outdoor tasting spaces. Pets on leashes are welcome. Walk in or pre-arrange group tastings. Fun wine pairing events are offered throughout the year, too. The Wines: Three Sisters Vineyards cultivates Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Touriga, Cynthiana-Norton and Vidal Blanc. Location: Dahlonega
The Tuscan-style architecture and sprawling vineyard views make a visit feel like mini-getaway to Europe. Private tastings for groups or couples can be booked in advance, but walk-in tastings are available whenever the winery is open. Free tours of the grounds are available on weekdays at 2 p.m. and weekends at noon and 2 p.m. Take a wine hike on a Saturday or Sunday morning ($45 per person, reservations needed) to stroll the vineyard and learn the area’s history and the winemaking process. A full restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner, and you can even stay overnight in a villa. The Wines: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Pinot grigio, Chardonnay and Merlot. Looking for something beyond wine? Try the sparkling mead, made with local North Georgia honey. Location: Dahlonega
The winery is open daily for tastings, and group tours are welcome with reservations. One of the oldest wineries in Georgia welcomes with a homey, Southern charm. With the extensive gourmet foods and housewares on site, you’re likely to take home finds beyond just wine. The winery hosts an annual Wine Fest that celebrates the best of Georgia wines statewide, and includes live music, food and plenty of tastings. The Wines: Chardonnay, Merlot, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a number of blends. The Southern Harvest Label uses the Southern muscadine grape. Location: Helen
Yonah Mountain Vineyards
Wine caves! The only known wine caves in Georgia are here. Reserve a weekend walking tour and tasting to learn about winemaking in Yonah Mountain. The tasting room is open every day, and on the second Sunday of each month, Reserve Tastings are available for private, small group tours of the winery and vineyards, with comparison tastings. Special events include live music Saturdays and Masterpiece Mixers painting/tasting parties on select Sundays. The Wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot varietals. Location: Cleveland
Bonus: Chateau Meichtry
Take in the Appalachian Mountain scenery and visit the tasting room any day of the week. Enjoy live local music every weekend afternoon. Tours ($35 per person, reservations needed) are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and include a starting tasting and a glass of your favorite to take on the walking tour. Small snacks are available, and picnic lunches are welcome at both indoor and outdoor seating. This off-the-beaten path find is all about the beautiful vistas and the friendly atmosphere. The Wines: Merlot, Chardonnay, Malbec, Pinot Grigio, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and others. Location: Talking Rock
Tour the Wine Trail
To experience several wineries in a day or weekend, try an organized North Georgia winery tour, or a special event like the Georgia Wine Highway Weekend .