Nappalachia Music

Take a road trip to enjoy these North Georgia wine and music pairings.

“Wineries have opened up this whole new, exciting venue for both the homegrown talent and for touring artists,” says Bob Fortin, a local promoter and festival producer. Fortin’s impresario career has stuck to a noticeable theme — he used to manage Atlanta-based jam band The Grapes, and now he operates a booking agency called Grapevine Talent. “Here, we try to create an informal, affordable atmosphere where kids and pets are welcome, and we celebrate our roots, both in music and in the earth.”

The Georgia Wine Highway stretches from Young Harris to Savannah, but most of the state’s wineries are clustered in North Georgia, where the fruit of the vine enjoys a felicitous pairing with live music. Think of it as “Nappalachia.” Just as these vintners bring different varietals, blends and levels of pouring generosity to their tasting rooms, many have developed their own musical personalities, as well. 

Visit the North Georgia Wineries Trip page to learn more about the wineries in North Georgia, use the itinerary below to find must-see music festivals and points of interest, and listen to music popular at the North Georgia wineries in the "Our Nappalachia Picks" playlist.

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Points of Interest

1. Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery

Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery, named for its view of a triad of mountains, whimsically embraces its red-clay terroir, with a tasting room full of face jugs and folk art by Howard Finster and Cornbread, and a proprietor usually wearing overalls and a grin—Doug Paul, whose background in the music and broadcast entertainment industry has informed his operation since its inception as Lumpkin County’s first vineyard. Three Sisters' signature rock wall patio outdoors makes for a great atmosphere for live music on Saturdays and Sundays in early summer and fall, featuring local favorites including The Buzzard Mountain Boys (also known as Joe Bob Metteson and Jim Bob White).

2. Habersham Vineyards and Winery

Habersham Winery, located just one-half mile south of Alpine Helen in Nacoochee Village, has been producing Georgia wines since 1983. On May 6, 2017, its 25th annual WineFest, featured wine, food and live folk, rock and Americana music by singer/songwriter Tim P. White.

3. Chateu Elan Winery & Resort

Visitors to Chateau Elan, the 3,500 acre luxury winery and resort, come for the wine, fabulous accommodations, fine dining, championship golf and European health spa, but the live music selections make it all the more enjoyable. On Friday and Saturday nights, Paddy’s Irish Pub features a regular rotation of solo acoustic performers Carrol Brown, Michael Magno, William Kitchens, Jeff Gilleman and more. Guests are treated to poolside live music during summer months at Le Soleil Pool Bar and L’Auberge Lounge, overlooking the Atrium, showcases veteran musician, saxophonist and DJ Melvin Banks Friday and Saturday nights.

4. Yonah Mountain Vineyards & Winery

The 200-acre, family-owned Yonah Mountain Vineyards sits right at the base of historic Yonah Mountain in Cleveland. Every Saturday from noon until 4 p.m., Yonah Mountain vineyards presents its "Live Music Saturdays" featuring performers that regularly include father and son duo Mat and Ben Fried; North Georgia R&B, jazz and soul duo Monica Spears and Derek Worth, singer/songwriter Julie Gribble and acoustic musicians Teddy BakerEric JenningsDoctor Paul and Chris Bahre among others. The vineyard includes the only known wine cave in Georgia and 90-minute tours of the cave are hosted every Saturday and Sunday.

5. Serenity Cellars

Serenity Cellars, a boutique winery, specializes in Old World style wines. Owners Joe and Tina Smith believe in creating sensational vibe by fusing wine, music and art with Tuscan sensibilities. Serenity Cellars hosts live music performances every Friday night from 6-9 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-5 p.m.

6. Montaluce Winery & Estates

Music fans, foodies and oenophiles can get their fix at Montaluce Winery & Estates, where award-winning wines and elegant dining share the stage. Dahlonega’s Italian-themed Montaluce — translation: “mountain light” — keeps it elegantly mellow, too, with classical guitar and harpists, and on weekends during the busy season, Tom and Juli Theobald, who get rave reviews when they perform just about any cover.

7. Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery

Operated by the Boegner family, Wolf Mountain Vineyards has amassed more than 200 medals at various U.S. wine competitions. Their pastoral hillside vineyards and fieldstone-encased winery are the perfect setting for their themed Sunday brunches, many of which feature live music, including the “Celebration of Napa Cuisine and Bluegrass Brunch” in April, the “Tribute to BBQ of the South with Live Blues in July, “Country French Cuisine with Live Jazz” in September and “Harvest Celebration with Live Bluegrass” in October. On display at the winery are six guitars — authentic signed pieces of memorabilia — from bands that Karl Boegner enjoyed and whose music he played during his college days. The collection includes guitars and signatures from The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Travelling Willburys, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers and Eric Clapton.

8. Cavender Creek Vineyards and Winery

Opened in 2011, Cavender Creek’s tasting room has become a great place to sip reds and whites and enjoy live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Weather permitting, the performers set up on the patio, which overlooks the vineyards and the friendly donkeys whom visitors love to pet. There is also an 1820’s hand-hewn log cabin next door to the winery that serves as guest accommodations.

9. Currahee Vineyard and Winery

Situated at the base of storied and scenic Currahee Mountain, Curahee Vineyard and Winery produces several award-winning red, white, dessert and Muscadine wines capturing hints of popular Georgia flavors. Every weekend the vineyard is open for tastings, picnics and, on Sunday evenings, live music from popular locals such as Martin, Georgia’s “Barefoot” Reggie Starrett.

10. Boutier Vineyards & Winery

Seeking to increase visitors’ enjoyment of life, enhance communication and build relationships with others, and instill a great appreciation for the culture of fine wines, Boutier Vineyards & Winery provides plenty of opportunities for wine lovers to enjoy live music. Every month musicians set up in the unique winery garden, with past performances by Madison County Motown group Dwight Wilson & Classic City Soul and Danielsville’s own Holman Autry Band.

11. Crane Creek Vineyards

Combining modern winemaking techniques with traditional artisan methods, Crane Creek Vineyards offers over a dozen wines made with German varieties, French-American hybrids and Georgian fruits. Learn about the winemaking process on the Vintner’s Tour, and enjoy a wine tasting and cheese plate every Friday evening during Tapas & Acoustics featuring popular national music acts. Crane Creek Vineyards also hosts festivals and full-scale concerts, with Atlanta-based Bulletproof appearing during the 2016 season.

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Music Festivals

1. Georgia Wine Country Festival

Hosted annually at Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery, the Georgia Wine Country Festival brings together Georgia wineries from around the state to share the unique tastes of Georgia with guests. Also featuring barbecue, hard cider and craft brews, the festival tops off the month-long event with music performances ranging from jazz and soul to the Great American Songbook.

2. Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival

Celebrating the “Heart of Georgia’s Wine Country,” the Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival promotes the region’s high quality arts and crafts, a wine garden with local and regional wines, and live jazz performances in Hancock Park.

3. Appalachian Wine, Jazz & Art Festival

The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee plays hosts to the annual Appalachian Wine, Jazz & Art Festival celebrating the sounds, sights and flavors of the North Georgia Mountains. Visitors will enjoy wine from 12 Georgia vineyards and music by local jazz groups while enjoying the beauty of Lake Chatuge.

4. WineFest

Members of the Winegrowers Association of Georgia are on display at Habersham Winery every May at the annual WineFest. Guests are invited to enjoy the chance to taste Georgia wines from all over the state in one location. Musicians crossing countless genres – from rock and alternative to Americana and country – have featured at the WineFest, including repeat performer Tim P. White who returned for the 2016 festival.

5. Paradise Hills Concert Series

Paradise Hills Resort & Spa hosts a concert series each summer and fall at its vineyards and farm winery. Every Saturday afternoon, visitors are invited to hear the live music on the patio while enjoying the vineyard’s wine, food platters and beautiful mountain views.

6. Wine Highway Weekend

Every year the Winegrowers Association of Georgia hosts Wine Highway Weekend at 20 vineyards across North Georgia. Guests can purchase a passport which will grant them a souvenir glass and wine tastings at each of the vineyards. Each property provides a different type of live music or light fare during the two March weekends.

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