Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris, Georgia. Photo by @leighjphotography
Georgia Wineries with Breathtaking Views
What goes best with Georgia wine? Good company and picture-perfect views like these.
Georgia is more than just craft beer and moonshine. The Peach State has its fair share of wineries, especially clustered around the North Georgia mountains. Muscadine and fruit wines are produced as well as well-known varietals. But you didn't really visit a winery unless you photographed it, right? We've chosen a few of our favorite Georgia wineries with the best views around.
Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery, Dahlonega
Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery doesn't just impress with its best-in-class status and gold medals from California wine competitions. The hillside winery will take your breath away, overlooking the surrounding mountains. The tasting room has windows for unobstructed views as you sample their estate varieties, including the dry whites, dry roses, reds, semi sweet wines, port and sparkling wines. Come for Sunday brunch, which focuses on a different type of cuisine every month and frequently includes live music.
Yonah Mountain Vineyards & Winery, Cleveland
On the Helen side of the North Georgia mountains are a number of wineries, but Yonah Mountain Vineyards & Winery is frequently listed as a favorite. The namesake mountain rises into view from the tasting room, inspiring the logo that makes the rounded peak look like a bear's back. Experience their tastings, which showcase chardonnay, merlot, malbec, pinot noir and sauvignon blancs. The wine cave tour is what makes Yonah Mountain completely unique, the only known one in the state.
Crane Creek Vineyards, Young Harris
Set on the outskirts of the small college town, Crane Creek Vineyards’ cozy tasting room overlooks the stunning grounds. Their lineup of wines includes unique styles like their apfelwein apple wine, seyval blanc, Villard Noir rose, Hellbender Red, and Sweet Sally, named for the vineyard's loyal furry companion. If an afternoon at the winery isn’t long enough, Crane Creek has onsite accommodations in the Vine Keeper's Cottage.
Montaluce Winery & Restaurant, Dahlonega
Another Dahlonega winery is Montaluce Winery, which makes you feel as if you could be in the Tuscan countryside. Free tours are offered daily, along with tastings and meals in their restaurant. Montaluce produces reds, whites, sweets, and sparkling styles along with mead. As with Crane Creek, Montaluce lets guests stay within the winery at their villas, which overlook the sprawling vineyards.
Currahee Vineyard & Winery, Toccoa
Named for the mountain that the former farm-turned-winery sits underneath, Currahee Vineyard & Winery's lineup of 12 wines has gone on to win awards, including the Blanc du Bois and muscadine styles. The vineyard is surrounded by trees, giving it a landscape wholly different from other wineries. It is open for tastings throughout the week and offers live music on Sundays.
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, Braselton
More than just a winery, Chateau Elan Winery & Resort is a destination of its own, offering restaurants, a spa and resort accommodations a short drive from Atlanta. The winery offers tours of its production area and tastings of its traditional and muscadine wines. Take some time to admire the surrounding vines, which make you forget just how close you are to a major city.
Fainting Goat Vineyards and Winery, Jasper
This family-run operation located on Burnt Mountain in Pickens County actually does have fainting goats, as well as dogs running around. The Fainting Goat Vineyards and Winery tasting room overlooks the vineyards, making outdoor seating a must. Red, white, rose and sweet varieties are available, named for different elements of American history.