Although wine grapes have been growing in Georgia for hundreds of years, the North Georgia wineries didn’t receive much notice until the late 1990s and early 2000s. However, once they started gaining attention, the wineries of the North Georgia Mountains really took off, with new ones seemingly appearing overnight.
Here, we take a look at some of the award-winning North Georgia wineries where you can enjoy your favorite merlot, chardonnay or cabernet franc while taking in the Georgia mountain views.
Looking for things to do in Ellijay? After spending time in downtown Ellijay, and getting your fill of apples, head to some of these great Ellijay wineries.
CHATEAU MEICHTRY VINEYARDS
While Chateau Meichtry Vineyards may be new to the North Georgia winemaking scene, for the owners, producing wine remains a family affair.
Visitors to this Ellijay winery can enjoy a glass of their favorite vino out on the tasting room’s patio, while taking in pastoral views of the Appalachian Mountains. Tours are available by reservation on the weekends, which is also a great time to enjoy one of the winery’s special events. Their events range from live music to holiday celebrations and fundraising events.
Located just a couple of miles off Georgia Highway 52 in Gilmer County, known as the “Apple Capital of Georgia,” Cartecay Vineyards is a smaller, but noteworthy, North Georgia winery.
Here, you can sample different vintages in the Tasting Barn, or take your glass out to the Chimney Patio, where you can enjoy the sounds of live music on the weekends as you sip your wine. You’ll be surrounded by the vines, which make a comfortable companion.
After harvesting their first vintage in 2011, Gary and Jan Engel, along with their family, have gone on to establish Engelheim Vineyards as one of North Georgia’s top wineries.
Visitors can learn about the vineyard and winery during a tour with Gary, or head straight to the Tasting Room for a wine tasting. Selections include merlot, rosé, pinot grigio and so much more.
MORE ELLIJAY WINERIES
- Ellijay River Vineyards: Located on 20 acres, visitors are welcome to visit by appointment.
- Ott Farms and Vineyard: You’ll find a tasting room, live music, food trucks, award-winning wine, and more.
WOLF MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS & WINERY
Established in 1999 by E. Karl Boegner and his wife, Linda, Wolf Mountain Vineyards produces a full array of wines, including dry whites, dry rosé and red wines, semi-sweet and port wines, and sparkling wines.
Visitors are welcome to take a tour of the facilities and sample wine flights at the Tasting Room. For a full day of fun, consider having lunch at the Vineyard Café, or relaxing at Sunday Brunch.
Despite its fun name, which is based on its location in Lumpkin County, Frogtown Cellars is quite serious when it comes to wine. Since 1998, the winery has been crafting a full portfolio of wines, with a host of medals to go along with them.
One of the best ways to sample their wines is with some of their paninis and pizzas served up at The Italian Bistro, the winery’s onsite lunch and dinner spot. For wine with a view, grab a glass and head outside to the porch, where you can take in the vineyards running across the hills.
MONTALUCE WINERY & ESTATES
When you want to experience a winery that rivals those in Europe, a visit to Montaluce Winery & Estates is a must. With a 25,000-square-foot Tuscan villa, this North Georgia winery is a destination all its own.
Although the wine is the main draw here, Montaluce is also well-known for its special events. These range from wine hikes each weekend to private tastings to cooking classes and special dinners. When planning your visit, leave the kids at home and plan a date night with your partner or a night out with the girls.
THREE SISTERS VINEYARDS & WINERY
Sitting on 184 acres, Three Sisters attracts visitors from near and far looking to sample its merlot, chardonnay and cabernet franc, as well as many other varietals. The winery offers both walk-in and pre-booked tastings, where you can sip, sample and discover your favorite wine.
Their current tasting option is a flight of four wines of your choice for $25! While you’re there, enjoy live music and their distinctive collection of southern folk art and pottery in the tasting room.
MORE DAHLONEGA WINERIES
- Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery: Wine tastings, wine slushies, live music, small bites, playground for the kids, and more.
- Kaya Vineyard & Winery: Wine tastings, restaurant, lodging, beautiful views, and more.
- Accent Cellars Farm Winery: Wine tastings 7 days a week and special events throughout the year.
- Etowah Meadery: The tasting room includes mead, along with special products.
One of the oldest North Georgia wineries, Habersham Winery & Vineyards has been perfecting wine production since 1983.
When visiting, you can enjoy a wine tasting with five wines that includes a souvenir wine glass. And because it’s conveniently located just south of downtown Helen, you can make your visit to Habersham Winery part of a larger trip to Georgia’s own Alpine village.
TIGER MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
Head north two hours, and you’ll reach Tiger, Ga., home to Tiger Mountain Vineyards — a boutique winery.
In addition to wine tastings, this winery offers special events throughout the year, such as live music, holiday celebrations and Wine Club parties. At the onsite Red Barn Café, you can enjoy lunch or dinner on weekends May through November. This is a great spot to enjoy your wine without the crowds.
YOUNG HARRIS WINERIES
CRANE CREEK VINEYARDS
As close to the Georgia-North Carolina state line as you can get, Crane Creek Vineyards has been a long mainstay in the North Georgia wine scene. As such, it offers a lot to wine aficionados looking for a full winery experience.
Winery tours are offered every Saturday, and include a wine tasting. For a fun night out, visit on Friday for Aperitivo, which not only include tasty bites, but also live music on the vineyard decks at the Farmhouse Market with delicious small plates catered by Paris & Company.
CAIRN VIEW WINERY
Looking for a personalized winery experience? Then Cairn View Winery in Jasper is for you.
At Cairn View Winery, their wine steward personalizes a tasting just for you! Each wine tasting is paired with bites to enhance the flavor profiles and maximize the guest’s insight into the wonderful wines the North Georgia mountains have to offer.
With a high level of service and a warm, welcoming environment, Cairn View Winery is in a league of its own.
FAINTING GOAT VINEYARDS
Fainting Goat Vineyards is a vineyard that has amazing wines and, of course, a few goats. Located against Burnt Mountain, this dog- and kid-friendly vineyard has wines, small plates, live music, and plenty of great seating.
You’ll find a range of full bodied reds, crisp, fruity whites and sweet blends here.
Enjoy a Picnic in the Vines, a picnic for 2 in the vineyard, their Sunset Concert Series, or a wine tasting. You’re sure to have a great time here.
SHARP MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
Sharp Mountain Vineyards is a 5-acre vineyard overlooking — you guessed it — Sharp Mountain. This family owned and operated vineyard hosts wine tastings, special events, live music, and more.
Every Saturday from May through November they offer free live music. Bring a picnic and enjoy the mountain views!
MORE WINERIES YOU’LL ADORE
Of course, these wineries barely scratch the surface of what’s available in North Georgia. Be sure to check out these wineries as well!
- Odom Springs Vineyard: Tasting room, lodging, special events
- Paradise Hills Winery Resort & Spa: Tasting room, rental cabins, spa
- Yonah Mountain Vineyards: Wine tastings, live music, cave tours, special events, and more.
- The Cottage Vineyard & Winery: Wine tastings and live music on Sundays.
- Serenity Cellars: Small boutique winery with a tasting room and live music.
- CeNita Vine: Wine tastings, beautiful views, and live music.
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