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, January
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.
Tybee Island Wine Festival, April
One of the best spring wine festivals in Georgia, the Tybee Island Wine Festival in April, combines wine tasting events with live performances benefiting the historic Tybee Post Theater. Tickets are required for the event.
Toast of Toccoa, May
Explore historic downtown Toccoa during the annual Toast of Toccoa in May, 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.
Annual WineFest in Helen, May
More than a dozen wineries will present their libations for sips during May's Annual WineFest at Habersham Winery. Tickets are $30 per person ($35 at the gate), and include a souvenir glass and 15 tasting tickets.
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 Food & Wine Festival, May
Midtown Atlanta fills with tasting tents, seminars, master classes and culinary experiences during the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in May. A true connoisseur's event, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival elevates the typical food festival to a whole new level. Tickets required.
Georgia's Spirit of Appalachia Food, Wine and Art Festival in Sautee Nacoochee, September
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
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
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.