Ellijay is known as the apple capital of North Georgia, but the Southern Appalachian location is perfect for growing wine grapes too. These six Ellijay Winery options are just what cupid ordered for a romantic daytime date.
Incredible mountain views, owner led tours, live music, outdoor fireplaces, and award winning wine tasting. That pretty much checks off my list for a perfect afternoon. Here are six fabulous Ellijay wineries that make perfect day time dates (and where to get your picnic too)
Ellijay Winery Options for an Unforgettable Daytime Date
5704 Clear Creek Rd. | Ellijay, Ga. 30536 | 706.698.9463
The logo for this mountain winery is a chimney, not a wine glass. Once the centerpiece of an 1890’s home, the chimney now serves as the focal point for an outdoor patio and stage where guests can relax listening to regularly scheduled live music while sipping great wine from the tasting bar… I think I’ve just described a version of heaven.
Just as beautiful is the Tasting Barn, a refurbished 1890’s barn with original wood where you can take the mountain chill off by snuggling next to the wood fired stove swirling a full-bodied red. The Barn sits right in the middle of the vineyards, so on warm days stroll though the vines at their leisure
127 Lakeview Rd. | Ellijay, GA 30540 | 770.714.5277
Escape to the German countryside at this dog friendly, children friendly winery whose name means ‘Angel Home’ in German. On weekends you can find owner Gary Engel leading tours in the vineyards as well as the winery to show where miracles happen (or weekdays by appointment).
After the tour, retire to the beautiful tasting room to sip a variety of wines including outstanding Engelheim wines that have won medals in the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle wine competition. (pro tip: pair your wine with the smoked trout dip or wonderful cheese/ meat plates – yum!)
And for something really special with your sweetie, experience live local artist music on Saturdays and Sundays, or make plans to attend special wine pairing dinners.
1862 Orchard Lane | Talking Rock, GA 30175 | 706.502.1608
Experience North Georgia wine, “family-style,” at Chateau Meichtry. Opened in 2014, this family-owned / family-operated vineyard & winery gives you a true taste of Southern hospitality. Panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains surround the vineyard, winery and tasting room, allowing you to bask in the beauty of the region, while enjoying your wine, which is all made & bottled on site.
Open seven days a week, year-round, the tasting room welcomes you to come enjoy a tasting, a glass, or a bottle of your favorite, with live music every Saturday & Sunday. Guided tours are a great way to learn the rich history of the vineyard, and are available by reservation, every Saturday & Sunday.
Fainting Goat Vineyards
201 Vineyard Way | Jasper, GA 30143 | 706.692.9463
For a casual afternoon date (or if your babysitter canceled and you have to bring the kids) visit Fainting Goat Vineyards. Yes, there are goats at this Jasper Ga. winery – Ronnie and Reagan, as well as two Great Pyrenees dogs, plus new addition Piper a cocker spaniel. All are friendly and enjoy a good pet.
Play a few lawn games while taking in the spectacular mountain views, or just sit back by the fireplace and listen to the live music on the weekends Oh yeah, and there are award winning wines just waiting to be tasted (and coffee tastings too) Be sure to ask about special events on site.
Ott Farms and Vineyard
230 Henry Evans Road, Ellijay, GA | 706.502.8700
This is Ellijay’s newest vineyeard. It opened in November 2017 with two wines. They are in the process of building their tasting room and opened intermittently at the moment, so call ahead of time. How cool to say you were there at the beginning!
Ellijay River Vineyards
111 River Birch Ln, Ellijay, GA 30540| 770.315.9121
Enjoy a glass of wine at the rivers edge with your toes dipped in the rushing water. This is a simple low-key that is open seasonally, so call before visiting. They do offer tours and wine tastings, or just bring a picnic and enjoy the tranquil setting.
More fun on Your Ellijay Winery Tour
Wine Highway Weekend (Week). Each year the Winegrowers Association of Georgia hosts a Wine Highway Weekend. In 2017 they extended it to an entire week. The event is held in March (March 16 – March 25, 2018) and it’s a great way to experience several Georgia wineries.
Live Music. Many of the Ellijay vineyards have live music on the weekends. Check the winery’s calendar, or call to see who is playing during your visit.
Special Events. Any day is a great day to drink wine amid gorgeous mountain views, but several wineries have extra special events such as dinners, classes or tours on request, so if there is something special you’d like to do, ask.
Best Places to Pick up a Picnic Lunch for your Ellijay Winery Visit
Each Ellijay winery has some snack options. A few do nice cheese plates and dessert, but if you want something more substantial, stop at these Ellijay favorites and pick up a picnic lunch.
994 GA-52 | Ellijay GA 30536 | 706.273.3764
This unassuming gas station and grocery is one of the oldest in the area, serving customers since 1907. Don’t let the country exterior fool you, they have amazing food like fresh smoked salmon dips, pimento cheese, and chicken salads, and it’s so close to Chateau Meichtry and Cartecay Vineyards the staff of both wineries eat here regularly.
Country Corner Kitchen
2020 Old Hwy 5 S | Ellijay, GA 30540 | 706.276.7077
Stop at this local favorite for sandwiches and wraps before heading to Engleheim Winery.
5505 GA-52 | Ellijay, GA 30536 | 706.273.3821
This popular apple orchard is on the way to the Ellijay Winery region and has a restaurant that serves sandwiches, BBQ and one of Ellijay’s best burgers (ok, maybe you don’t want a burger for your picnic, but just saying).
Spend the Evening in Ellijay Wine Country
Who wants to go home after a relaxing day at the Ellijay vineyards? Not me. Extend your stay at the last stop on your Ellijay winery tour, then retire to one of these romantic inns and explore even more of beautiful Ellijay.
Elatse’Yi. This mountain retreat and alpaca farm’s name means Ellijay in Cherokee. Stay in a vintage airstream with a tree loft, or opt for the geodesic dome. You’ll be close to your favorite Ellijay winery and the clear night sky.