Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland
Spend a Romantic Weekend at These North Georgia Wineries
Enjoy a trip to North Georgia's wineries to find out why wine enthusiasts everywhere love retreating here.
Wine accolades aren't limited to well-known regions such as Tuscany, Burgundy and Napa. In fact, North Georgia's wineries are earning praise from critics and wine-lovers alike. There are plenty of places to exercise your tasting prowess — and enjoy a romantic getaway — in Georgia Wine Country.
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Tiger Mountain Vineyards
Tiger Mountain Vineyards, nestled on a rocky hillside near Clayton in Rabun County, produces award-winning, European-style wines in more than 10 hand-picked varieties, including Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Viognier. Explore the vineyard through a variety of tasting experiences from the Winemaker's Barrel Tasting to a VIP Vineyard Tour & Tasting. Plan a romantic visit with an artisan chocolate and wine pairing, or reserve a picnic for two with a special bottle of wine.
Journey to Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris, where you can see, taste and enjoy grapes grown right on the property in the shadow of Georgia’s highest peak, Brasstown Bald. The tasting room is housed in a historic farmhouse and inquisitive guests may arrange a private vintner’s tour with a staff winemaker.
Another worthy stop on your wine tour is Habersham Vineyards & Winery, which produces some of the finest award-winning Georgia wines. Just a half-mile from the charming Alpine-themed village of Helen, it is open daily for self-guided tours and complimentary tastes of Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Don't miss Yonah Mountain Vineyards & Winery in Cleveland, where the winery’s rolling hills grow seven grape varieties, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Petit Manseng. Reserve the Cave Tour and Tasting to explore the only known wine cave in Georgia, then relax in the tasting room and enjoy fabulous views of the vineyard and a cozy fireplace.
With so many terrific wineries, an equally terrific meal is a must. Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery in Dahlonega offers a decadent Sunday brunch buffet (with a different theme every month), a cozy vineyard cafe for lunches Thursdays through Saturdays, and occasional winemaker dinners.
For a more Italian-influenced experience, Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega reminds guests of a grand Tuscan villa. Perched on top of the winery is the restaurant, which features locally sourced menu options designed to pair perfectly with signature wines.
Set atop a mountain ridge, Kaya Vineyard & Winery in Dahlonega has incredible views of the surrounding landscape. It's the largest winery in the area, featuring estate-grown grapes in European, Italian, and American varietals, which can be sampled in the tasting room. Favorites include the stainless steel viognier and oak merlot. There's also a deck offering live music and a menu of light bites.
If you want to extend your stay, Kaya has four craftsman cottages with three bedrooms, full kitchens, WiFi, televisions, laundry and a dining room. A sister resort, The Inn at Dahlonega Resort and Vineyard, is also nearby.