Whether looking for stunning summer vistas or a winter escape, visiting a North Georgia winery is a good idea year-round! With many options just a few hours north of Atlanta, days filled with multiple wine tastings and weekend getaways are a breeze. KNOWAtlanta Relocation Magazine shared its top choices to create the ultimate wine trail and discover the best this southern stage has to offer!
Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery in Dahlonega
An award-winning vineyard an hour and a half away from the center of Atlanta, Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery is nestled amongst the rolling hills and scenic mountains of Dahlonega. Whether you’re in the mood for a Sunday Brunch or a quick bite to eat at the Vineyard Café, there are endless delicious wine pairings for the perfect experience. After sampling a few delightful food offerings, partake in a “Napa Style” wine tasting experience and explore the property’s stunning vistas, veranda, wine cellar and cask room.
Montaluce Winery and Restaurant in Dahlonega
Are you ready to escape the hustle and bustle of city life? Montaluce Winery and Restaurant showcases wine tastings, meals and appetizers in a breathtaking location. The Italian-style villa goes beyond wine tastings and offers visitors complimentary ground tours as well as a 1.8-mile wine hike to curate the ultimate vino tasting experience.
Château Élan Winery & Resort in Braselton
One of the more popular wineries in the region, Château Élan Winery & Resort is the ideal choice for any weekend getaway! The most awarded winery and resort on the east coast, Château Élan offers a variety of packages for every type of wine connoisseur. The most popular event, the Château Tour and Tasting, extends a behind-the-scenes look at the Winery Vat and Production Rooms led by the educated and experienced staff. Learn about the wine-making process from beginning to end with tours offered every day except Monday. After the tour, enjoy a guided tasting of select wines in a beautiful room filled with barrels of aging wine. To view this season’s selections, view the event calendar.
Beechwood Inn in Clayton
Headed by a California-born husband-and-wife duo, Beechwood Inn was named “One of the South’s Most Charming Inns 2019” by Southern Living Magazine. The inn boasts a 4,000-bottle wine cellar, farm-to-table restaurant as well as tours and tastings. Stay in one of seven unique guest rooms to revel in the fantastic onsite amenities and spend a night in a rustic mountain setting.
Cartecay Vineyards in Ellijay
Settled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Cartecay Vineyards in Ellijay is the ultimate relaxing vino tasting experience! Picturesque views, delicious wine and local live music create a must-see local gem. Open daily, all wine offerings with the Cartecay name are sourced from 100% Cartecay-grown grapes. Don’t miss out on the vineyard’s most popular event, the Crush Festival, this August!
Big Door Vineyards in White
Located in North Georgia, Big Door Vineyards is a farm winery in the Cartersville, Georgia area. They offer wine tastings, a quaint winery pier and small acoustic performances I the tasting room. In addition to wine tastings, make sure to try the charcuterie boards, fresh paninis and jellies and other delicious food pairings.
Qualusi Vineyards in Acworth
A family-owned vineyard, Qualusi Vineyards offers a selection of red, white and sweet wines. On weekends they have food trucks and locally made charcuterie trays. A friendly environment with abundant opportunities to sit among the vines. Of course, indoor seating is available too. Lawn chairs are encouraged. Expect live music on the weekends.
Are you overwhelmed by the number of fantastic wineries located in North Georgia? Several companies offer guided tours so that you can relax and enjoy your vino tastings without the worry of transportation or planning.
VIP Southern Tours recommends a North Georgia Wine Tour, with private, public and custom options. The public and private tours feature an artisan picnic lunch and tasting at three to four wineries from the Unicoi Wine Trail or those in and around White County and eastern Lumpkin County, including Yonah Mountain Vineyards, Habersham Winery, CeNita Vineyards and more! Design the ultimate wine experience by visiting local options near Gainesville, Clayton and the Blue Ridge region. Tour prices begin at $130 for general admission and $140 with transportation included. Visit the official website for additional pricing and information.
Pop the Cork Wine Tours picks clients up anywhere in the metro Atlanta area, Cumming or Gainesville for a packed day of wine tastings! Priced from $145 per attendee, the tour includes three to four winery stops, transportation and a gourmet picnic lunch.