Wine accolades aren't limited to well-known regions such as Tuscany, Burgundy and Napa. In fact, North Georgia's wineries are earning praise from critics and wine-lovers alike. There are plenty of places to exercise your tasting prowess — and enjoy a romantic getaway — in Georgia Wine Country.
Visit & Taste
Photo: Habersham Winery
Tiger Mountain Vineyards, nestled on a rocky hillside in Rabun County, produces award-winning, European-style wines in 10 hand-picked varieties, including Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Viognier. Next, journey to Crane Creek Vineyards, where you can see, taste and enjoy the grapes grown right on the property, located in the shadow of Georgia’s highest peak, Brasstown Bald.
The tasting room is housed in a historic farmhouse, and inquisitive guests may arrange a private vintner’s tour with a staff winemaker. Another worthy stop on your wine tour is Habersham Vineyards and Winery, which produces some of the finest award-winning Georgia wines. Just a half-mile from the charming Alpine-themed village of Helen, it is open daily for self-guided tours and complimentary tastes of Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Finally, visit Yonah Mountain Vineyards & Winery in Cleveland. The winery’s rolling hills grow seven grape varieties and boast of an on-site tasting room.
Photo: Tiger Mountain Vineyards
Enjoy a Bite
Photo: Montaluce Winery & Estates
With so many terrific wineries, an equally terrific meal is a must. Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery in Dahlonega offers a decadent Sunday brunch buffet (with a different theme every month), a cozy vineyard cafe for lunches Thursdays through Saturdays, and occasional winemaker dinners. For a more Italian-influenced experience, Montaluce Winery & Estates reminds guests of a grand Tuscan villa.
Complete your romantic wine-tasting adventure with a night at Glen-Ella Springs Inn & Meeting Place, a historic, rustic bed and breakfast offering warm hospitality, a sparkling pool and outstanding food at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Whether you are seeking lush landscapes, cozy accommodations, fine wines or isolation, you are sure to find it at one of Georgia’s many vineyards and wineries. For more details on Georgia wineries, visit Winegrowers Association of Georgia.