Sample local, regional and world-renowned wines in gorgeous settings at these Georgia festivals.
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
Spend a weekend in Athens sampling wines and enjoying gourmet food during Athens Wine Weekend. From Friday evening to Sunday brunch, experience a world of wine and perfectly paired food as well as seminars led by sommeliers and industry experts. It's the perfect weekend getaway for aficionados and novice wine lovers alike.
Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival, March
Escape to Lake Oconee for the three-day Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival, featuring more than 200 wines from across the globe. Enjoy food from the region's most creative chefs, as well as an eclectic mix of performers and visual artists. Book a stay at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee to enjoy luxurious accommodations in the middle of the festival.
Georgia Food + Wine Festival, March
Presented by Georgia Grown, the multi-day Georgia Food + Wine Festival in Marietta features the Best of Cobb celebration; a barbecue event; a day of unlimited beer, wine and spirits tastings; as well as a family-friendly day. See celebrity chefs, enjoy live music, and savor flavors from around the state.
Alpharetta Wine Festival, April
Spend a Sunday afternoon sampling wines in downtown Alpharetta at the Alpharetta Wine Festival. Ticket holders receive complimentary wine tastings and a commemorative glass, and VIP ticket holders get early admission and a premium crystal glass.
Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival, May
Sip wine from more than 30 wineries and stroll through 20 acres of rhododendron gardens at the Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. Hear live music on two stages, browse work by arts and crafts vendors, and take in the relaxing mountain lake views.
Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival, May
What goes better with wine than art? During the month of May, spend the weekend in Dahlonega for the Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival tasting fine local and regional wines, shopping arts and crafts, and listening to jazz just off the downtown square.
Atlanta Wine & Jazz Festival, May
Taste wines from around the world while enjoying the sultry sounds of jazz music in Atlanta's beautiful Piedmont Park. Craft beer and spirits also will be served at Atlanta Wine & Jazz Festival's all-you-care-to-taste affair.
Grape Stomp Festival, August
Join the annual Grape Stomp Festival at Paradise Hills Resort in Blairsville for a grape-stomping good time! Enter the Lucy-look-alike contest, and enjoy live music, food and craft vendors, and wine tasting in a souvenir wine glass.
Blue Ridge Mountain Wine and Jazz Festival, September
In June, the annual Blue Ridge Mountain Wine and Jazz Festival heads to White Path Creek Farms in Ellijay for a day full of live jazz performances and libations. Enjoy a diversity of wines from around the world, including those made locally in North Georgia and the region. Tickets are required for entry.
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, September
Midtown Atlanta fills with tasting tents, seminars, master classes and culinary experiences during the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in September. A true connoisseur's event, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival elevates the typical food festival to a whole new level. Tickets required.