[Updated February 9, 2022]
It’s fairly 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 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 15 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 best varietals at these North Georgia wineries.
Best Wineries in the North Georgia Mountains Guide
- Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery
- Frogtown Cellars
- Kaya Vineyard and Winery
- Montaluce Winery & Restaurant
- Three Sisters Vineyards
- Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery
- Bear Claw Vineyards
- Habersham Vineyards & Winery
- Tiger Mountain Vineyards
- CeNita Vineyards, Winery & Tasting Room
- The Cottage Vineyard & Winery
- Yonah Mountain Vineyards
- Crane Creek Vineyards
- Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery
- Engelheim Vineyards
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Dahlonega GA Wineries
1. Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery
3610 Cavender Creek Road, Dahlonega GA • 706-451-9084
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!
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.
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.
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.
2. Frogtown Cellars
700 Ridge Point Dr, Dahlonega GA• 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 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.
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.
3. Kaya Vineyard and Winery
5400 Town Creek Road, Dahlonega GA • 706-219-3514
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.”
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.
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.
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.
4. Montaluce Winery & Restaurant
501 Hightower Church Road, Dahlonega GA • 706-867-4060
Combining wine, food, events, and spectacular scenery, the Montaluce Winery & Restaurant is undoubtedly one of the best wineries in Dahlonega.
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!
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5. Three Sisters Vineyards
439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega GA • 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 Blue Ridge 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.
6. Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery
180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega GA• 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 Dahlonega 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 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.
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
7. Bear Claw Vineyards
2281 Tennis Court Road, Blue Ridge GA • 706-223-3750
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.
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 North Georgia wine tastings also includes a wristband that’s recognized by local businesses, allowing you discounts on their products!
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Helen GA Wineries
8. Habersham Vineyards & Winery
7025 South Main Street, Helen GA • 706-878-9463
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.
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
9. Tiger Mountain Vineyards
2592 Old Highway 441 South, Tiger GA • 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 Mountains climate.
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
10. CeNita Vineyards, Winery & Tasting Room
591 Dock Dorsey Road, Cleveland GA • 706-865-7478
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.
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.
No tours of CeNita are currently being offered.
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.
11. The Cottage Vineyard & Winery
5050 Hwy 129N, Cleveland, GA • 706-865-0053
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.
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.
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.
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.
12. Yonah Mountain Vineyards
1717 Highway 225 South, Cleveland GA • 706-878-5522
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.
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
13. Crane Creek Vineyards
916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris GA • 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
14. Fainting Goat Vineyards & Winery
201 Vineyard Way, Jasper GA• 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 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.
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 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.
Wine tastings are available throughout the day, and end 30 minutes before closing at 6 pm. The tastings include four wines for $10.
Ellijay GA Wineries
15. Engelheim Vineyards
127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay GA • 706-635-9463
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.
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.
Engelheim Vineyards is not currently offering tours at this time.
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. –by Christina Maggitas; featured image via Canva