Just an hour north of Atlanta are the beautiful small towns of the North Georgia Mountains and Georgia wine country. The wineries of North Georgia are the perfect destination for a weekend getaway or even just a day trip. They provide an escape from the city and even house some of the best restaurants in the Atlanta area. Wineries are also popular destinations for Atlanta bachelorette parties and some even offer the space as a wedding venue.
Georgia wines have their own unique taste, and the grapes grown in Georgia are quite different than what's found in the Western wine producing regions like California and Oregon. Wines tend to be sweeter, are often made from the Muscadine grape and sometimes incorporate other types of fruit as well. The vineyards tend to be small and intimate with tasting rooms on-site.
Learn about the wineries located in North Georgia below.
Helen, GA Area Wineries:
Helen, GA - known for its charming Bavarian looks and it's yearly Octoberfest celebrations - is home to several Georgia winemakers.
Habersham Winery has been producing wine since 1983 and offers complimentary tastings. Tours are available but must be arranged in advance, but the production area is visible in the tasting room so you can get a peek behind the scenes. Habersham sources from multiple vineyards in north Georgia and produces three different lines of wine.
Habersham Winery is located at 7025 S. Main Street (Highway 75), Helen, GA. Hours are Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m..
Yonah Mountain Vineyards, one of Georgia's newest vineyards, was founded in 2005 and has a tasting room that offers full and partial tastings for a small fee.
The vineyard has three lines of wine and also has a wine club for fans of the brand. On Saturdays, visitors can tour Georgia's only wine cave and get an exclusive barrel sampling of upcoming wines. Yonah Mountain is located at 2454-B Highway 17, Sautee, GA. Hours are Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
A bit farther down the road is Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards, another fairly new Georiga winery. The tasting room is located at Nacoochee Crossing in Sautee, where you can sample wines on a large deck overlooking the vines. Hours vary, call 706.878.1056 for hours.
Dahlonega, GA Area Wineries:
Dahlonega, the land of the Georgia gold rush, is also the land of a number of Georgia's top wineries.
Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery is one of Georgia's most beautiful vineyards. The large tasting room offers wine tasting flights ($10 - $20 per person) and tours (Saturdays and Sundays, $30). They also serve a limited menu on weekends to nosh on while you're tasting. They also host gourmet Sunday brunch, winemaker dinners and cafe lunches with reservations. Wolf Mountain produces a wide variety of wines include reds, whites, ports and sparkling wines.
has a wine club so you can get wines sent directly to your home on a quarterly basis. Visit Wolf Mountain at 180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega, GA.
Frogtown Cellars has a beautiful mountain location with a large deck where you can enjoy a bottle of wine or have a leisurely panini lunch (weekends only). They offer three different wine tasting options - dry red, dry white or a combination tasting. Frogtown also has a wine club. The winery is located at 700 Ridge Point Drive, Dahlonega, GA. Hours are Monday - Friday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:30 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
Three Sisters Vineyard is a popular North Georgia winery. The family-run vineyard offers tours and tastings from Thursday - Sunday, with regular tastings and special seasonal releases throughout the year.
They have light snacks available and also allow you to bring a picnic lunch if you'd like. Three Sisters recommends you use their directions to find the winery and avoid using online directions services. Hours are Thursday - Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
BlackStock Vineyards was the first vineyard in Dahlonega and is still the largest. They offer tastings year round at the winery. BlackStock is located at 5400 Town Creek Road, Dahlonega, Georgia. Hours are Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.