The 20 Best Wineries in the North Georgia Mountains

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[Updated September 5, 2022]

It’s common knowledge that the North Georgia mountains are filled with stunning natural beauty, from rolling hills and mountain lakes covered in morning mist to dense forests and tranquil creeks.

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 the state of Georgia for hundreds of years.

But the wineries in North Georgia didn’t gain much popularity until the late 1990s, and in recent years many of these places have 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 20 best wineries in North Georgia, including wineries in Dahlonega, Blue Ridge, Helen, Tiger, Cleveland, Young Harris, Jasper, and Ellijay.

Each write-up contains information about tours, tastings, and some of the best varietals at these North Georgia wineries.

READ MORE: 15 Award-Winning North Georgia Wines Worth Tasting

Best Wineries in North Georgia Guide

  1. Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery (Dahlonega GA)
  2. Frogtown Cellars (Dahlonega GA)
  3. Kaya Vineyard and Winery (Dahlonega GA)
  4. Montaluce Winery & Restaurant (Dahlonega GA)
  5. Three Sisters Vineyards (Dahlonega GA)
  6. Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery (Dahlonega GA)
  7. Bear Claw Vineyards (Blue Ridge GA)
  8. Habersham Vineyards & Winery (Helen GA)
  9. CeNita Vineyards, Winery & Tasting Room (Cleveland GA)
  10. The Cottage Vineyard & Winery (Cleveland GA)
  11. Yonah Mountain Vineyards (Cleveland GA)
  12. Crane Creek Vineyards (Young Harris GA)
  13. Cartecay Vineyards (Ellijay GA)
  14. Engelheim Vineyards (Ellijay GA)
  15. Chateau Meichtry (Talking Rock GA)
  16. Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery (Jasper GA)
  17. Tiger Mountain Vineyards (Tiger GA)
  18. 12 Spies Vineyards (Rabun Gap GA)
  19. Currahee Vineyards and Winery (Toccoa GA)
  20. Chateau Elan (Braselton GA)

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Dahlonega GA Wineries

Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery - Wineries in the North Georgia Mountains
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1. Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery

3610 Cavender Creek Road, Dahlonega GA • 706-451-9084

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Located just outside of Dahlonega in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Cavender Creek Vineyards is a small farm and North Georgia winery that produces delicious wines.

The winery is known for its drinks, Southern hospitality and, surprisingly enough, donkeys! In 2008, original owners Raymond & Donna Castleberry bought a Sicilian donkey and named him Hotie. 

Sadly, Hotie has since passed away. But in 2018 a baby donkey named Elliot was brought to the vineyards. So if you make a visit, be sure to say hello!

Best Wines

Some of the vineyard’s most popular wines include Petit Manseng, Cabernet Fran, Cabernet Sauvignon, and several Norton blends (including Blackjack and fan favorite Donkey Hotie). 

They also keep varietals like Viognier, Sauvignon Blan, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc on the menu.

Tours

While there are no official tours offered here, you’re welcome to explore the grounds and take in the beautiful scenery of the Cavender Creek property.

This Dahlonega winery is also very kid-friendly, with a playground and a wide-open lawn for children to run around and play in.

Tastings

The tasting room is open seven days a week. Wine tastings are offered as well as wine by the glass and bottle.

They’ve also got all sorts of other drinks, including wine slushies, sangrias, cocktails, mocktails, craft beer, and soft drinks.

Reservations are required for groups of six or more, so that everyone is guaranteed a seat when you arrive.

READ MORE: The 15 Best Things to Do in Dahlonega GA & Lumpkin County

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2. Frogtown Cellars

700 Ridge Point Dr, Dahlonega GA • 706-865-0687

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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 GA 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.

Best Wines

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.)

Tours

No tours of Frogtown Cellars are currently being offered.

Tastings

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.

READ MORE: The 7 Best Restaurants in Dahlonega GA for Foodies

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3. Kaya Vineyard and Winery

5400 Town Creek Road, Dahlonega GA • 706-219-3514

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Built on a ridge at an elevation of 1,600 feet, Kaya’s Vineyard and Winery in Dahlonega boasts some of the area’s most captivating panoramic mountain views.

The vineyards themselves are planted with classic European, Italian, and American varietals.

All of their grapes are hand-harvested and processed in their on-site facility, which the Werkheiser family calls “the art of wine.”

Best Wines

The most popular new release at Kaya Vineyard and Winery is the SS Viognier, a medium-bodied wine with hints of green apple and banana. 

Other popular wines include their Chardonnay (Kaya grows the largest crop of Chardonnay in Georgia), Trifecta Red Blend, and Rosé.

They also have sweet wines such as Blue Truck Blush and Touriga Dulce, which are great to complement your dessert of choice.

Tours

While formal, guided tours of the grounds are not currently being offered, you are welcome to explore the area and take in the phenomenal views.

If you go to their official website, they also offer virtual tours of the vineyards, tasting rooms, and patio as well as the cottages.

Tastings

Kaya’s tasting room is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 5pm, and Sunday from 12:30pm to 5pm.

During the tasting, you can choose five North Georgia wines from the wine list for $25. Each pour is 1.5 ounces, so you’re tasting a total of 7.5 ounces of wine.

Walk-ins are welcome, as no reservations are required.

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4. Montaluce Winery & Restaurant

501 Hightower Church Road, Dahlonega GA • 706-867-4060

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Combining wine, food, events, and spectacular scenery, the Montaluce Winery & Restaurant is undoubtedly one of the best wineries in Dahlonega GA.

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.

Best 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.

Tours 

Montaluce Winery wine hikes are a fun adventure where you’ll be guided by a trained staff member along 1.8 miles of nature trails, the headwaters of the Etowah River, and through the Montaluce Vineyard.

Appropriate hiking attire and shoes are required. After the hike, you’ll be treated to a five-pour tasting at the Trattoria di Montaluce restaurant.

Tickets are $65 per person or $85 for a private wine hike.

Tastings

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.

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!

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Three Sisters Vineyards
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5. Three Sisters Vineyards

439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega GA • 706-865-9463

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After purchasing 184 acres of Dahlonega property in 1995, Sharon and Doug Paul began planning out Three Sisters Vineyards, which is the Blue Ridge Mountain Town’s first family 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.

Best Wines

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.

Tours 

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.

Tastings

Walk-in tastings for groups of four or less are offered on the outside patio, where you can enjoy four wines of your choice.

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Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery
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6. Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery

180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega GA • 706-867-9862

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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 Dahlonega vineyard is located at an 1,800-foot elevation, offering stunning panoramas of the southern Appalachian mountains in Georgia. It has 10,000 hand-planted vines that produce some truly exquisite wines.

Best 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.

Tours

Guided Wolf Mountain North Georgia winery tours are normally available wherein you can join one of the winemakers for a journey through the vineyards and learn about the winemaking process. 

Tastings

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.

READ MORE: The 20 Best Easy Hiking Trails to Waterfalls in Georgia

 

Blue Ridge GA Wineries

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7. Bear Claw Vineyards

2281 Tennis Court Road, Blue Ridge GA • 706-223-3750

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While there are lots of things to do in Blue Ridge GA, Bear Claw is the only vineyard actually in the town.

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.

Best Wines

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.

Tours

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 are limited to 12 guests.

Tastings

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 North Georgia wine tastings also includes a wristband that’s recognized by local businesses, allowing you discounts on their products!

READ MORE: The 13 Best Restaurants in Blue Ridge GA

 

Helen GA Wineries

Habersham Vineyards & Winery
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8. Habersham Vineyards & Winery

7025 South Main Street, Helen GA • 706-878-9463

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Habersham Vineyards & Winery is one of the oldest and largest wineries in North Georgia, 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.

Best Wines

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

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.

Tastings

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.

Habersham also has wine tasting rooms in Dahlonega and Sautee Nachoochee.

Be sure to check out Christmas in Helen GA, which was rated the “Top Christmas Town in America” by MSN.com and one of Southern Living‘s Best Christmas Towns in the USA.

READ MORE:  The 20 Best Things to Do in Helen GA

 

Cleveland GA Wineries

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9. CeNita Vineyards, Winery & Tasting Room

591 Dock Dorsey Road, Cleveland GA • 706-865-7478

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Founded by Greg and Carol Crumly, CeNita is a family-owned winery and tasting room located on the family farm in Cleveland GA.

The winery is dedicated to the founders’ parents, Lanier and Barbara Chambers, Junita Crumley, and the late Cecil Crumley. In fact, the name CeNita came from a combination of Cecil and Junita’s names.

Grapes have been grown on the farm since 2009, with around 180 additional vines planted in each subsequent year. Today, there are 3.5 acres of European varietals and French-American hybrids. 

Best Wines

Some of CeNita’s best wines include their 2019 Chardonnay, 2018 Chambourcin Reserve, 2018 Cabernet Franc, 2018 Chambourcin, and 2019 Rouge, a lightly sweet blush with a blend of dark cherry and citrus flavors.

They have also recently introduced their brand new Merlot.

Tours

No tours of CeNita are currently being offered.

Tastings

Tastings are open Monday through Saturday from 11:30am to 6pm, and on Sunday from 12:30pm to 6pm.

You can enjoy a variety of white and red wines while relaxing and soaking in the beautiful view of the vineyard. There’s even a game of cornhole just waiting for you to play!

If you’re planning on visiting with a group of five or more people, reservations are required.

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10. The Cottage Vineyard & Winery

5050 Hwy 129N, Cleveland GA • 706-865-0053

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Listed as one of the top vineyards in the US by Travel + Leisure, The Cottage Vineyard and Winery offers great North Georgia wine, beautiful mountain views, and incredible hospitality.

Along with wine tastings, the Cottage can host private events offering your choice of caterers, entertainment, and wine for serving. 

They also have their own wine club you can join to earn exclusive perks and discounts.

Best Wines

Some of the best wines at The Cottage include their Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Meritage (a Bordeaux blend).

If you enjoy semi-sweet/sweet wines, they also have the Baby Doll Legs Rose, Razzberry, and Southern Sass, which is a blend of peaches and muscadine.

Tours

While at the vineyard, you’re welcome to explore the grounds on your own and take in the incredible scenery.

There is also occasionally live music for you to enjoy during your visit.

Tastings

The tasting room is open seven days a week, and on Saturdays and Sundays they have an outdoor bar set up (weather permitting).

During your visit, you can enjoy a tasting flight of three, four, or six wines.

Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are required for groups of four or more. They should be made three days prior to the desired tasting date.

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11. Yonah Mountain Vineyards

1717 Highway 225 South, Cleveland GA • 706-878-5522

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Located at the southeastern base of the magnificent Mount Yonah, Yonah Mountain Vineyards is a gorgeous 200-acre North 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.

Best Wines

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.

Tours

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.

Tastings

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!

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Young Harris GA Wineries

Outdoor Patio at Crane Creek Winery in Hiawassee GA
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12. Crane Creek Vineyards

916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris GA • 706-379-1236

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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.

Best Wines

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.

Tours

After being temporarily suspended during the pandemic, Crane Creek Vineyards tours are available for visitors who want to see what goes on behind the scenes in producing their delicious wines.

They currently offer Vintner’s Tours, and interested parties are welcome to sign up via their website.

Tastings

Walk-in tastings are available during the winery’s standard hours.

READ MORE: The 15 Best Things to Do in Hiawassee GA & Young Harris GA 

 

Ellijay GA Wineries

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13. Cartecay Vineyards

5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay GA • 706-698-9463

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Cartecay Vineyards was founded in 2007 and encompasses 14 acres of land in Ellijay GA.

This North Georgia winery has been expanding ever since their first growing season in 2008, and now offers live music every weekend and for select holiday events.

They also host an annual Crush Festival every September where you can tour the vineyards, taste their wines, and stomp grapes. Tickets for this event are $25 each day.

Best Wines

Cartecay Vineyards currently makes seven different wines, including Vidal Blanc, Chardonel, Catawba, and Cabernet Sauvignon. They’re planning to expand their selection in the future as well.

Tours

Tours of the vineyard take place on the weekends and during their Crush Festival.

Tastings

There’s a refurbished barn (which has been on the property since 1890) that is dedicated for wine tastings and special events. They’re open for tastings seven days a week.

READ MORE: The 16 Best Things to Do in Ellijay GA & Gilmer County

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14. Engelheim Vineyards

127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay GA • 706-635-9463

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Engelheim Vineyards (German for “Angel Home”) was launched in 2009, when the Engel family planted their first wines in Ellijay GA.

They harvested their first vintage in 2011, and the Alpine-style Engelheim tasting room was opened in 2014.

Since then, the winery has gone on to win accolades such as “2018 Georgia Winery of the Year” and the “Best Georgia Wine” in 2020 and 2021.

Integrating their German heritage into pretty much everything they do, Enghelheim Vineyards continues to focus on growing outstanding grapes to produce high-quality wines.

Best Wines

Some of their best white wines include their Vidal Blanc, Chardonnay, Engel Weiss, and Sweet Molly.

For red wines, try the Merlot, Trillium, Doxology, or Hummingbird.

They also have two popular dessert wines, the Franconia and Coco Wein, which is a rich chocolate port-style wine made from their Chambourcin grapes.

Tours

Engelheim Vineyards is not currently offering tours at this time.

Tastings

Tastings are available 7 days a week from 12:30 pm to 6 pm, with live music on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

They offer a 4-wine flight board for $12 (excluding port-style dessert wines). You can also purchase upgrades, including a tasting of each of their port-style dessert wines for an additional $3.

You can also purchase assorted charcuterie plates, hummingbird bites, and chocolate-covered pretzels to complement with your tasting. 

READ MORE: Ellijay GA for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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15. Chateau Meichtry 

1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock GA • 706-502-1608

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Chateau Meichtry is a family-owned and operated vineyard in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains just 20 minutes from Ellijay, Georgia.

The idea for the vineyard came about when Stephan Meichtry immigrated to the USA from Switzerland in 1921, bringing with him a root stock that is now planted on the vineyard.

It has since become one of the most beloved Ellijay wineries, with spectacular scenery and lots of special events that attract locals and visitors alike. 

Best Wines

Chateau Meichtry has a variety of red and white wines available, including Sweet Cerise, Pinot Grigio, George’s Cuvee, and Old Vine Zinfandel. They also have Shooter Ray, which is a red blend named after the vineyard’s beloved hound dog.

Tours

Chateau Meichtry tours cost $42 per person and include a standard tasting and a souvenir wine glass for you to take home. They also offer private tours for any group of six or more people, but they do require an advance reservation. 

Tastings

The vineyard is open 7 days a week for wine tastings and does not require reservations. They also offer live music and food trucks on the weekends, as well as indoor and outdoor seating. 

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16. Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery

201 Vineyard Way, Jasper GA • 702-692-4963

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Located about 20 miles southeast of Ellijay, 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 was born! 

In case you were wondering, they do have fainting goats on the property that you can pet and play with. 

The boutique Georgia 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.

Best Wines

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).

Tours

Formal Fainting Goat Vineyards tours are not offered at this time. But the winery in North Georgia has a spacious lawn area where you can relax and enjoy live music every weekend day from 1:30 to 5:30 pm.

Tastings

Wine tastings are available throughout the day, and end 30 minutes before closing at 6 pm. The tastings include four wines for $10. 

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Wineries near Clayton GA

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17. Tiger Mountain Vineyards

2592 Old Highway 441 South, Tiger GA • 706-782-4777

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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 Mountains climate.

Thus the couple created the first vinifera vineyard in the state, Tiger Mountain Vineyards, in the small town of Tiger GA, 3.3 miles south of Clayton.

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.

Best Wines

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

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.

Tastings

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. 

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Wineries in North Georgia - 12 Spies Vineyards and Farms
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18. 12 Spies Vineyards 

550 Black Branch Road, Rabun Gap GA • 706-490-0890

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12 Spies Vineyards was founded back in 2012, when Mike Brown decided to take a break from the corporate world.

In the 10 years since, the Rabin Gap winery has been able to craft 14 different kinds of Georgia wines.

They now offer live music from local musicians every Saturday.

Best Wines

The Rabun County vineyard currently offers 14 different wines made from grapes that they grow and process themselves. They include Front Porch Peach wine, Bless Your Heart Muscadine wine, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio.

Tours

Official tours of 12 Spies Vineyards are not currently offered, but they do have 3 acres of pastoral farm land that can be explored or used for picnics.

     Tastings

12 Spies Vineyards offers wine tastings in their tasting room. The hours that they’re open varies depending on the month, but you can check their website for availability.

They also have a nice selection of charcuterie boards available to enjoy with your wine. 

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Wineries in North GA - Currahee Vineyards and Winery
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19. Currahee Vineyards and Winery

3301 West Currahee Street, Toccoa GA • 706-768-5383

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Located in Toccoa GA, near some of our favorite North Georgia waterfalls, Currahee Vineyards and Winery was launched by Marvin Dunson in 2009.

In the 13 years since he decided to use the family farm to produce wines, Currahee has created some award-winning blends and expanded their portfolio to include more than 12 different wines.

Best Wines

The Toccoa winery offers an array of different varietals, including apple wines, muscadine wines, and wine slushies.

Currahee Apple Slim is one of their award-winning blends, as is 3 Mile White. They also have a Currahee Red/Lenoir, Golden Harvest, and Sweet Cheryl.

Tours

The Currahee Winery does not currently offer tours, but they do have live music on Sundays at the vineyard for visitors to enjoy. 

Tastings

Currahee offers wine tastings every Thursday through Sunday, or you can schedule a private tasting. They also host private events on their 24-acre estate.

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Atlanta Wineries

Atlanta Wineries - Chateau Elan
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20. Chateau Elan

100 Rue Charlemagne Drive, Braselton GA • 678-425-0900

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Opened in Braselton GA in 1981, Chateau Elan is the closest Atlanta winery to the metro area.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that the resort has become one of the most popular places for romantic getaways in the North Georgia Mountains.

Chateau Elan is located on 3,500 acres of hills and forested land and has eight different restaurants to choose from, which offer all different kinds of cuisine.

Best Wines

The Chateau Elan winery has grown into one of the largest and most awarded wineries on the East Coast.

They offer more than 30 wines made from grapes grown in Georgia or hand-picked from California,  including American Port, the award-winning Bianco Riserva, and Bioterra Petite Sirah.

They also have a large selection of muscadine wines, including Duncan Creek, Cherokee Rosé, and Cherokee White. 

Tours

Chateau Elan offers tours of their vineyard in which you can get a behind-the-scenes look at their winemaking process.

These tours are available by reservation only, and can include up to 30 people. Each tour features a guided tasting of 5 wines at the end.

Tastings

The Chateau Elan tasting room is open 7 days a week, but times vary depending on the day. Guests can choose 7 wines from their collection to taste. –by Christina Maggitas, with additional reporting by Samantha Dickens; featured image via Canva

 

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We encourage anyone who loves the Blue Ridge region to learn about the Leave No Trace principles of responsible environmental stewardship. 

Stay on marked trails, take only pictures, pack out your trash, and be considerate of others who share the trails and parks you explore. 

Remember that waterfalls and rocky summits can be dangerous. Never try to climb waterfalls or get close to a ledge to get a selfie.

When you're exploring the wilderness, it's better to be safe than to be a statistic!

Growing up in rural south Georgia, Christina Maggitas developed a love for nature at a young age and spent the majority of her formative years outdoors. Since first visiting the Great Smokey Mountains with her family as a child, she has always admired the beauty of the Blue Ridge region and spends as much time as she can hiking north Georgia. She has a passion for writing and storytelling with the hopes of inspiring others to enjoy the great outdoors. Currently, Christina is a senior at Kennesaw State University where she is studying Journalism and Emerging Media.