But it may surprise some visitors to learn that the unique climate and geography of these Blue Ridge Mountains also provides the perfect conditions for growing grapes and producing wine.
In fact, wine grapes have been growing in Georgia for hundreds of years.
But the wineries and vineyards in north Georgia didn’t gain much popularity until the late 1990s, and in recent years they’ve garnered national recognition for their award-winning wines.
The winning combination of delicious drinks, breathtaking mountain views, and southern hospitality make north Georgia wineries a tourist attraction for all sorts of travelers, ranging from wine connoisseurs to novices.
To that end, we’ve created this list of our picks for the 10 Best Wineries in North Georgia, including information about tours, tastings, and some of their best wine varietals.
Best Wineries in the North Georgia Mountains Guide
- Dahlonega GA Wineries
- Blue Ridge GA Wineries
- Helen GA Wineries
- Tiger GA Wineries
- Cleveland GA Wineries
- Young Harris GA Wineries
- Jasper GA Wineries
Dahlonega GA Wineries
1. Frogtown Cellars
700 Ridge Point Dr • 706-865-0687
Founded in 1998 by Craig and Cydney Kritzer, Frogtown Cellars is a 57-acre vineyard and winery located on the beautiful “Dahlonega Plateau.”
The Frogtown winery is specifically designed to take advantage of the unique terrain, and is constructed as a tri-level gravity flow winery.
The estate’s 44 acres of North Georgia vineyards boast more than 20,000 individual grape vines, including 25 different wine grape varieties.
The Frogtown wines are highly acclaimed, having won four consecutive Double-Gold Medals at the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition and countless other awards.
Frogtown has a variety of red and white wines, as well as Frogtown California Blends like the 2012 Convergence.
Favorites of white wine drinkers include the 2015 Inclination (a complex Chardonnay blend), 2015 Chardonnay (a classic Burgundian style barrel-fermented Chardonnay), and the 2015 MRV (a blend of their three Rhone Valley white wine grapes).
Popular reds include the 2013 Sangiovese (a classic Tuscan style Chianti) and the Oglethorpe Red (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet franc, and Merlot.)
No tours of Frogtown Cellars are currently being offered.
Inside their unique architectural building, the Dahlonega Tasting room has both indoor and outdoor seating where you can enjoy delicious wines while overlooking the Frogtown vineyards and picturesque mountains.
You can also try the paninis, hand-crafted pizzas, and cheese and charcuterie trays at their Italian Bistro, which serves lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.
2. Montaluce Winery & Restaurant
501 Hightower Church Road • 706-867-4060
Combining wine, food, events, and spectacular scenery, the Montaluce Winery & Restaurant is undoubtedly one of the best north Georgia wineries.
Operating with the belief that winemaking doesn’t need extravagance, but rather hard-working people dedicated to the craft, the winery produces some truly unique artisan wines.
Some favorite Montaluce reds include the 2018 Sangiovese, 2018 Malbec, NV Centurio, and the beloved NV Dolce Ross, a sweet red with hints of cherry and anise.
Popular whites include the 2019 Chardonnay, 2019 Tramoto, and 2019 Dolce.
For those special occasions, you can also enjoy some delicious sparkling Montaluce wines, like the Bottega Oro Prosecco and Franciacorta.
Due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, complementary Montaluce Winery tours are currently unavailable. But deluxe private tours are offered for groups of 5 or less.
During the private tours, a Sommelier will guide you through the winery and vineyards on a 2-3 hour tour. Afterwards, you can enjoy a six-pour wine tasting with cheese & charcuterie pairings.
You can also embark on a wine hike, where you’ll be guided by a trained staff member along the area’s nature trails, the headwaters of the Etowah River, and through the Montaluce Vineyard.
After the hike, you’ll be treated to a five-pour tasting!
Indoor tastings are offered, where you’ll be guided through a flight of Montaluce’s hand-crafted wines. They are currently on a first-come, first-served basis, with limited availability due to COVID-19.
To enjoy the breathtaking views, the outdoor tasting bar is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (weather permitting).
Plus, each wine tasting comes with a free collectible tasting glass!
3. Three Sisters Vineyards
439 Vineyard Way • 706-865-9463
After purchasing 184 acres of Dahlonega property in 1995, Sharon and Doug Paul began planning out Three Sisters Vineyards, which is the mountain town’s first family farm winery.
It is also the oldest continuously operated vineyard and winery on the Dahlonega Plateau.
The farm’s name is inspired by the breathtaking view of Three Sisters Mountain to the West, and offers incredible vistas of the surrounding region.
Some of their best red wines include the Three Sisters Vineyards Cynthiana, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cab Franc-Merlot (a 53% Cabernet Franc and 47% Merlot blend).
For white wine lovers, the Vidal Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, and Chestatee White are all popular. For something truly different, try the unique Hula Hala-Kahiki, a fruity pineapple-infused Chardonnay.
They also have a nice selection of sparkling and dessert wine. Try the Dahlonega Gold, an “Ice Style” dessert wine, and the Georgia Cuveé Rosé, which is great paired with white cheeses.
Regular tours of Three Sisters Winery are not currently being offered. But if you’re looking to host an event or have a wedding, tours are available seven days a week by reservation.
Due to COVID-19, large group tastings are not currently available. But walk-in tastings for groups of four or less are offered on the outside patio, where you can enjoy four wines of your choice.
4. Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery
180 Wolf Mountain Trail • 706-867-9862
Established in 1999, Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery is an incredibly popular attraction in Dahlonega GA that’s often compared to the wineries in Napa.
The European-style Wolf Mountain Winery is run by the Boegner family, and was modeled after a raised Craftsman-style cottage.
Their vineyard is located at an 1,800-foot elevation, offering stunning panoramas of the southern Appalachian mountains. It has 10,000 hand-planted vines that produce some truly exquisite wines.
Their award-winning estate wines include dry whites like their Private Reserve Chardonnay and Plentitude (a unique blend of Chardonnay and Viognier).
They also offer dry rosé and red wines like Sunset Rose, Coupage, and Claret, as well as semi-sweet and port wines like WMV Demi-Sec and Deliciex.
Wolf Mountain’s selection of Méthode Champenoise sparkling wines includes their Syrah Brut and Brut Natural Cuvée René.
Guided Wolf Mountain tours are normally available wherein you can join one of the winemakers for a journey through the vineyards and learn about the winemaking process.
Unfortunately, these tours have been postponed until further notice due to COVID-19.
Walk-in tastings are available on a first come, first served basis. But if you have more than eight guests, advance reservations are required.
The wine tasting area includes a beautiful, four-sided stone and cedar bar. And just off of the tasting room is an open-air veranda and waterfall terrace, which makes for a truly scenic spot to enjoy Wolf Mountain’s wines.
Blue Ridge GA Wineries
5. Bear Claw Vineyards
2281 Tennis Court Road • 706-223-3750
Located in the beautiful town of Blue Ridge, Bear Claw Vineyards is a rare 100% female-owned North GA winery built on the foundation of delicious wine and a soothing aesthetic.
Owner Michelle Swim extensively researched the area’s land before deciding the rich and unique soils at this spot, some 2,832 feet above sea level, was perfect for producing high quality wine.
Some of the best Bear Claw wines include their Cabernet Sauvignon, Vidal Blanc, White Riesling, Cayuga, Chardonnay (which has a southern twist of white peach, tangerine, and crushed pineapple).
Don’t miss the Treehouse Chardonnay, which gets its name from the Blue Ridge Treehouse, which was built by the Treehouse Guys from the DIY Network.
There is a 90-minute Bear Claw Vineyards VIP Tour available where you can learn about the vineyard and winery, as well as enjoy six wine tastings along with cheese and cracker trays.
These tours are only available on Saturdays and, due to COVID-19, are limited to 12 guests.
Bear Claw Vineyards offers a variety of different tastings of their delicious wines.
These include the Black Bear Tasting (2 flights), Polar Bear Tasting (4 flights), and Grizzly Bear Tasting (6 flights).
Each of these wine tastings also includes a wristband that’s recognized by local businesses, allowing you discounts on their products!
READ MORE: The Best Things to Do in Blue Ridge, GA
Helen GA Wineries
6. Habersham Vineyards & Winery
7025 South Main Street • 706-878-9463
Habersham Vineyards & Winery is one of Georgia’s oldest and largest wineries, and has been producing award-winning wines since 1983.
The Stonepile Vineyard, the company’s original vineyard, was planted in the late 1970s in Clarkesville, GA. Then Mossy Creek Vineyard was added to the Habersham group in the late 1980s.
The Habersham Winery in Helen GA is committed to producing high-quality wines, with a winemaking team dedicated to each detail of the process.
The Habersham Winery’s best-selling wine is Scarlet, which is a unique blend of Chambourcin, Vidal, Lomanto, and a Cab/Merlot blend.
Other popular wines include the NV Habersham Chardonnay, Vidal, Cherokee Rose, Creekstone Merlot, and the Heritage Red.
Their newest wine is the 2020 Traminette, which has hints of citrus and pineapple with a crisp finish.
Tours of the Habersham Vineyard and Winery are available for tour groups and busses with reservations, which must be made at least two weeks in advance.
Reservations for Habersham wine tastings (which include five different varietals) are not required, but are recommended for groups of 10 or more.
The main tasting room in Helen features a gift shop with gourmet food and wine specialty items from around the world, including imported cheeses.
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Tiger GA Wineries
7. Tiger Mountain Vineyards
2592 Old Highway 441 South • 706-782-4777
After planting European vinifera grapes at the farm where he was born, John Ezzards and his wife Martha carefully selected the variety of grapes best suited to the Blue Ridge climate.
Thus the couple created the first vinifera vineyard in the state, Tiger Mountain Vineyards.
Along with partners John and Marilyn McMullan, this vineyard in north Georgia has grown to win numerous awards, including a recent Gold Medal for their Cabernet Franc Reserve from the International Eastern Wine Competition.
Other award-winning Tiger Mountain wines include their Norton Reserve, Petit Manseng, 2016 Cabernet Franc, 2015 Malbec, and Mountain Cyn (which is 50% Norton or Cynthiana and 50% Cabernet Franc).
White Tiger is their most popular white wine, which is a blend of Viognier and Petit Manseng.
If you’re looking for a dessert wine, you really have to try their Sweet Petit. It was named the Best Dessert Wine in Georgia by the Georgia Wine Producers Wine Challenge.
Tours of the Tiger Mountain Vineyards are available year-round by appointment. If you’re coming to pick up bottles of wine, families or small groups of friends can explore the vineyards and enjoy wine flights on the Red Barn Patio.
Located in Clarksville, the Flyhawk Farm Tasting Room offers pours of some of Tiger Mountain’s best wines in an inviting atmosphere, with a large stone fireplace and wine bar surrounded by sensational scenery.
Cleveland GA Wineries
8. Yonah Mountain Vineyards
1717 Highway 225 South • 706-878-5522
Located at the southeastern base of the magnificent Mount Yonah, Yonah Mountain Vineyards is a gorgeous 200-acre Georgia winery owned by Bob and Jane Miller.
After buying the property in 2005, the Millers began their winemaking journey. Their vision was to be a boutique vineyard and winery producing world-class vintages that measure up to any of the best wine around the world.
They’re also committed to being a leader in the Georgia wine industry through their sustainability initiatives, with the ultimate goal of being completely energy independent for their farm and facilities.
Some of Yonah Mountain Winery’s best red wines include their 2015 Malbec, Genesis X, 2016 Estate Meritage, and the 2013 Totem (which won a Gold Medal in the 2017 Francisco Wine Competition).
Popular whites include the 2018 Viognier, 2019 Riesling, 2019 Petite Manseng, and 2019 Estate Cuvee Rosé, which is essentially the Estate Meritage as a Rosé.
They also offer a selection of dessert and specialty wines, including the 2016 Steamboat, a port-style wine that pairs perfectly with anything chocolate.
The most popular tour at Yonah Mountain Vineyards explores their one-of-a-kind wine cave (which is the only one in Georgia), allowing visitors to taste a variety of their best wines. Unfortunately, these tours are currently on hold due to COVID-19.
Walk-in tastings are welcome at Yonah Mountain, and they’ve recently announced new Wine Flight Tastings with Covid-safe protocols in place.
It includes four samples from their reds, whites, or mixed flights, and comes with your very own collectible glass!
Young Harris GA Wineries
9. Crane Creek Vineyards
916 Crane Creek Road • 706-379-1236
Sitting high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this picturesque North Georgia winery is surrounded by spectacular scenery, with over 20 acres of vines producing a variety of grapes.
Owner Eric Seifarth cultivated his love for wine while he was stationed in Northern Italy as a young Army officer. There, he learned to embrace a different, more casual attitude towards wine.
Acknowledging the wide range of wine styles and drinkers, Crane Creek Vineyards finds every style legitimate. They believe that the most important element is that wine is best enjoyed with food, family, and friends.
Some of the top red Crane Creek wines include their Hellbender (which is 100% Norton), Raven (which is 100% Cabernet Franc(, and Mountain Harvest (which is Crane Creek’s signature Chambourcin-dominant red blend).
Their most popular white wines include Enotah, a 100% barrel-fermented Chardonal (a sustainable hybrid grape of Chardonnay), and Vidal Blanc.
For a dessert-style wine, try their award-winning Sweet Sally, a delicious picnic wine that’s crafted from the native Catawba grape.
Crane Creek Vineyards tours are normally available for visitors who want to see what goes on behind the scenes in producing their delicious wines.
But due to COVID-19, these tours have been suspended until further notice.
However, the vineyard grounds are open for you to explore at a safe social distance from others.
Walk-in tastings are available during the winery’s standard hours, but are outdoors-only due to COVID-19.
Jasper GA Wineries
10. Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery
201 Vineyard Way • 702-692-4963
This uniquely named GA winery gets its moniker from a funny true story.
The owners once climbed to the top of Burnt Mountain after a hard day of work in the field. After reaching the summit, they were so tired they felt like fainting, and thus Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery was born!
In case you were wondering, they do have fainting goats on the property that you can pet and play with.
The boutique vineyard is family-owned and offers handcrafted wines grown from certified French vines.
The Fainting Goat Winery is beautiful, with 30-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a 50-foot veranda perfect for soaking in the scenic mountain views.
Fainting Goat’s Gold Medal wines include their 1812 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Malbec, Old Glory (a Sauvignon Blanc), Revere ( a Blanc du Bois), Jackie O (Muscato), and Republic (Barbera).
Other Fainting Goat wines include Noble (their dessert wine), Impeachment (a peach wine), and Something Blue (a blueberry wine).
Formal Fainting Goat Vineyards tours are not offered at this time. But the winery has a spacious lawn area where you can relax and enjoy live music every weekend day from 1:30 to 5:30 pm.
Wine tastings are available throughout the day, and end 30 minutes before closing at 6 pm. The tastings include four wines for $10. –by Christina Maggitas; featured image of a vineyard in North Georgia via Canva