Looking for something fun to do after the Christmas holiday? Being the in the location that we’re in, we’re quite fortunate to have easy access to the heart of Georgia Wine Country. Many of the wineries are offering fun tastings and tours during this time of year. Why not check one or two of these out? (With a designated driver, of course!) Some have cafes and restaurants too, giving a chance to nosh on delectable foods while indulging in your favorite wines.
Bear Claw Vineyard, 2281 Tennis Court Road, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 • 706-223-3750
Newest to the scene is this special vineyard in Blue Ridge. At 1832 feet above sea level, with a cool mountain breeze, and rich and unique soils, the location is perfect for producing high-quality wines. Try their newest Cabernet — it’s stunning! Also, consider a stay in their whimsical tree house overlooking the vineyard.
Chateau Meichtry, 1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175 • 706-502-1608
This family-owned and operated vineyard lies in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains–making it a perfect location for growing high-quality grapes. The scenery at Chateau Meichtry is incredible — and you can sit back and enjoy live music on the weekends. Wine tasting and tours available.
Yonah Mountain Vineyards,1717 GA-255, Cleveland, GA 30528 • 706-878-5522
Enjoy handcrafted wines while listening to live music every Saturday. Or check out their wine cave tour and tasting for a unique experience.
Serenity Cellars, 265 Laurel Ridge Rd, Cleveland, GA 30528 • 706-348-1277
Live music is offered every weekend, and you can even make your own pizza on Friday nights. Wine tasting is available seven days a week.
The Cottage Vineyard & Winery, 5050 U.S. 129 N, Cleveland, GA • 706-865-0053
Founded in 2012 on 29 acres just north of Cleveland, Georgia, The Cottage Vineyard & Winery seeks to make the finest vinifera-based wines in the Southeast.
Frogtown Cellars, 700 Point Ridge Drive, Dahlonega, GA • 706-865-0687
This is a beautiful 57-acre winery where you can relax with a glass of wine while enjoying the views of the vineyards, a three-acre lake, and the North Georgia Mountains.
Hightower Creek Vineyards, 7150 Canaan Dr, Hiawassee, GA • 706-896-8963
At 2200 feet, the vineyard is one of highest in Georgia. That elevation is an advantage as it protects Hightower Creek’s vines from certain diseases, but also offers visitors amazing views.
Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 2592 Old Highway 441, Tiger, GA • 706-782-4777
Touted as a fantastic “boutique” winery, Tiger Mountain cultivates all of its grapes and produces all of its handcrafted wines in the mountains of Rabun County. Using old-world methods, they produce traditional dry wines in the European style.
Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery, 180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega, GA • 706-867-9862
Wolf Mountain offers visitors a true “Napa Style” wine tasting experience with award-winning limited bottling of fine handcrafted wines. Their winemaking is French in style with an emphasis on blending European varietals. This helps in their efforts to achieve more complex, intense, and unique styles of wine.
Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery, 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega, GA 30533 • 706-865-9463
Laid back and fun, Three Sisters Vineyards is a favorite destination for wine lovers visiting the North Georgia Mountains. A variety of tastings are offered from a large cherry wood tasting bar where a distinctive collection of southern folk art and pottery are also featured.
Cenita Vineyards, 591 Dock Dorsey Road, Cleveland, GA 30528 • 706-865-7478
Having started in 2015, Cenita is relatively new to the scene. All of their estate wines are grown on three acres of land which produces approximately 1000 cases of wine annually. In fact, all of their wines are processed, cellared, and bottled on site.
Kaya Winery and Vineyards, 5400 Town Creek Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533 • 706-219-3514
All Kaya wines are made exclusively from estate grown grapes produced on their property. The vineyards are planted with classic European, Italian and American varietals and all of their grapes are hand harvested and gently processed in their facility. Wine tours include vineyard tours.
Stonewall Creek Winery, Sautee Tasting Room: 2454 Highway 17, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571 • 706-878-0144. Winery: 323 Standing Deer Lane, Tiger, GA 30576 • 706-878-5522
Opened in 2012, Stonewall Creek Winery is a small, artisan vineyard, where they craft their wines from 100% Georgia-grown grapes—all solely from Rabun County.
Cavender Creek Vineyards, 3610 Cavender Creek Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533 • 706-525-8282
The owner of Cavender Creek Vineyards, Claire Livingston eagerly states, “Our mission is simple: We want to make good wines and provide a warm, friendly place for our guests to enjoy them.” This is a fun place to visit, as you’ll get to see their famous mascots — Sicilian donkeys, who are featured on their wine labels and logos.
And here’s one more place to visit while you’re out and about — us! Being in Canton, Georgia has its advantages, as we’re close to the beautiful North Georgia mountains. Be sure to stop by and say hello, or better yet, plan to stay with us for a few days. We bet you’ll love it here as much as fine wine.