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Sip and See Georgia at These 10 Wine Festivals

Sample local, regional and world-renowned wines in gorgeous settings at these Georgia festivals.

  • Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Northern Georgia may be the best-known growing region for the state's expanding grape crops, but cities all over the state celebrate wine made around Georgia — and the world — at local wine festivals throughout the year. Add these wine festivals to your trip for a truly sensational experience!

Athens Wine Weekend (February, Athens)

Athens Wine Weekend

Spend Feb. 2-4, 2018, in Athens, sampling wines from around the world and enjoying gourmet food during Athens Wine Weekend. Finish it off with a sparkling wine Sunday brunch, all benefitting The Classic Center Cultural Foundation. It's the perfect weekend getaway for aficionados and novice wine lovers alike.

Tybee Island Wine Festival (May, Tybee Island)

Tybee Island Lighthouse. Photo by Darryl Brooks.

One of the best spring wine festivals in Georgia, the Tybee Island Wine Festival, combines wine tasting events with live performances benefitting the historic Tybee Post Theater. Tickets are required for the event.

Toast of Toccoa (May, Toccoa)

Explore historic downtown Toccoa during the annual Toast of Toccoa, featuring wine from North Georgia vineyards, local artisans, local restaurants and craft beer. A classic car show and live music offer all-day entertainment. Free admission. Tokens will be sold for wine and beer.

WineFest (May, Helen)

Over a dozen wineries will present their libations for sips dring the May 5, 2018, WineFest at Habersham Winery. Tickets are $30 per person and include a souvenir glass and 15 tasting tickets.

Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival (May, Dahlonega)

What goes better with wine than art? May 19-20, 2018, spend the weekend in Dahlonega for the Arts & Wine Festival tasting fine local and regional wines, shopping arts and crafts, and listening to jazz just off the downtown square.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (June, Atlanta)

Midtown Atlanta fills with tasting tents, seminars, master classes and culinary experiences during the annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival on May 31 - June 3, 2018. A true connoisseur's event, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival elevates the typical food festival to a whole new level. Tickets required.

Blue Ridge Mountain Wine & Jazz Festival (June, Blue Ridge)

On June 16, 2018, the annual Blue Ridge Mountain Wine & Jazz Festival returns to the intersection of Boardtown Road and Trackside Lane in Blue Ridge for a day full of live jazz performances and libations. Tickets are required for entry.

Spirit of Appalachia Food, Wine and Art Festival (September, Sautee Nacoochee)

Hardman Farm Historic Site

In September, vendors take over Hardman Farm State Historic Site for Georgia's Spirit of Appalachia Food, Wine and Art Festival, featuring goods from across North Georgia, including some of the best wine the state offers.

Suwanee Wine Festival (November, Suwanee)

Travel to Gwinnett County, where one of the region's best wine festivals sets up at Suwanee Town Center for a day of sips and sounds in November. Sample more than 70 wines as well as a number of craft beers at the Suwanee Wine Fest.

Savannah Food & Wine Festival (November, Savannah)

Ready, set, drink! A number of food and drink events make up the annual Savannah Food & Wine Festival in November. World-famous chefs make appearances and teach master classes. Master sommeliers also will be on hand. Tickets go on sale in late April.

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Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more festival content from Eileen.

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