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Your guide through North Georgia”s Wine Country

by Kimberly Fowler

One of the best ways to start exploring the world of wine is by participating in wine tastings. What better place to start than our own North Georgia Wine Country. Outside of the prestigious wineries in California, some of the wineries in Georgia are the most awarded wineries in the southeast.

With mountain ranges mimicking the rich soil of Italy, these North Georgia vineyards have been lushly growing for decades. The Georgia Wine Growers Association has split the region into three main sections: Dahlonega, Helen and Young Harris. Just over an hour north of Gwinnett, Dahlonega will be the destination for your personally planned five-stop guide through North Georgia”s wine country. With all wineries under about 20 minutes away from each other, your winery day will be filled with beautiful vineyards, savory wine and warm conversation. No doubt you”re up for it though – we know we are!

Cavender Creek Vineyards and Winery
3610 Cavender Creek Road
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. -5:30 p.m.
Sunday 12:30-5:30 p.m.

Wine Tastings: Try four wines for $5

Our first stop will start your day off with the smallest 15 acre winery in Lumpkin County, complete with an old white dog napping calmly on the porch of a log cabin. Family owned and operated for over 11 years, Cavender Creek provides visitors with a warm, family feel as well as an attentive and informative staff. The whole wine making process is hand-done: picking, making and bottling. Although a small country feel, Cavender Creek provides guests with both fine and sweet wines and can be tasted in a restored hand-hewn Tennessee log cabin from 1820. Journey out to the patio overlooking the fields to sip your selection as well as see glimpses of sheep, lambs, donkeys and even Gwinnett County”s own Grayson High School mascot, Rambo. On weekends, you can enjoy live music from 2 to 5 p.m.

 

Frogtown Cellars
700 Ridge Point Dr.
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30-5:00 p.m.
The Panini Bar is open Friday – Sunday until 3:30 PM at Dahlonega Tasting Room.

Wine tastings: Dry white wine and dry red wine- $15 each or both for $22.50

Next stop is America”s most awarded winery outside California. Frogtown Cellars offers you a 57-acre estate, 44 acres of beautiful vineyards and four acres of a glistening lake. This three-tiered, gravity flow winery proves the Georgia Mountains are the ideal place for grape growing, offering 23 different varieties of wines. As well as providing you with dry white and dry red wine tastings, a Panini Bar is open during the weekend along with a Sunday wine-paired brunch. Enjoy the beautiful scenery during your wine tasting on a deck overlooking the rolling hills of the vineyards.

 

Three Sisters Vineyards
439 Vineyard Way
Dahlonega, GA 30533
706-865-9463

Thursday – Saturday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

Wine Tasting: $10

The first ever family owned winery in Lumpkin County is next on our list. Three Sisters Vineyards combines family feel with elegant scenery to make this winery perfect for a daily visit or wedding occasions. With 100 percent estate grown grapes which are neither sold nor bought, these wines will be as unique as the events happening during the open wine tasting months of February to Christmas. In June, the Georgia Wine Country Festival is held every weekend where guest wineries from the corners of Georgia share the opportunity with Three Sisters to offer visitors tasting as well as live music. In the fall, “Swine Wines Weekends” start and celebrate FatBoy wine and the grapes with tastings, BBQ and free live music.

 

Montaluce Winery & Estates
946 Via Montaluce
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Tuesday- Sunday 11 a.m. – 3p.m.
Friday and Saturday also open 5:30-9 p.m.

Wine tasting: 5 wine flight for $12

Feeling the need to visit Italy but can only afford to drive? Montaluce has the Tuscan feel you are looking for lastly on our tour. Along with providing visitors with culinary classes, wine hikes and Le Vigne restaurant, this 25,000 square foot winery also includes cottages for lodging, a full-service meeting center and event hosting venue. The five white flight wine tasting allows guests to experience both US and Italian wines to complete the perfect getaway to Dahlonega”s Italy. Need to stay longer? Cottages on the property will provide lodging to keep you wrapped in Tuscan beauty overnight.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery
180 Wolf Mountain Trail
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Thursday – Sunday 12-5 p.m.

Estate tasting: $10
Reserve tasting: $20

For an authentic “Napa Valley Style” experience, we are heading five miles north of Dahlonega to Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery. With about 30 acres of vineyards, this winery has won over 100 medals including Georgia”s first Gold medals at the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles International Wine Competitions. A beautiful view of the vineyards and mountains can be enjoyed on the veranda area which houses a fountain and is connected to the tasting room complete with a stone and cedar built bar. Special occasions that call for reservations in the Vineyard Café, Sunday Brunch or an event venue for up to 200 guests can also be enjoyed within Wolf Mountain.

But wait… there”s more!

Dahlonega is only one of many places in Northern Georgia to taste great wine and soak in the beautiful scenery of lush vineyards. Helen, Sautee, Ellijay, Young Harris, Tiger, and Braselton are all home to noteworthy wineries.

Cartecay Vineyards
cartecayvineyards.com

Chateau Élan Winery & Resort
chateauelan.com

Crane Creek Vineyards
cranecreekvineyards.com

Habersham Vineyards & Winery
habershamvineyards.com

Hightower Creek Vineyards
hightowercreekvineyards.com

Satuee Nachoochee Vineyards
sauteenacoocheevineyards.com

Stonewall Creek
stonewallcreek.com

Tiger Mountain Vineyard
tigerwine.com

Yonah Mountain
yonahmountainvineyards.com