Rolling mountain ranges and lush, green vineyards form the backdrop of Georgia’s wineries. Many family-owned businesses carry on the tradition and passion of winemaking in more intimate settings. Whether looking to sip locally produced varietals or searching for the ideal wedding venue, Georgia has no shortage of quality vineyards with picturesque views.
1.12 Spies Vineyards
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This hidden gem sits between the North East Mountains and the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Its location gives guests breathtaking views of the rolling hills, vineyards, and surrounding gardens. Visitors can sip wine while breathing in the fresh mountain air. Pumpkins, gourds, and flowers flourish on the 9-acre property. The vineyard specializes in producing blends of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and seyval blanc. Flavors accommodate all tastes with a range of sweet to semi-dry and dry wines. The 12 Spies Vineyard hosts weekly tasting events and live music. 12 Spies takes its name from the Biblical story of Moses sending 12 spies to the Promised Land.
550 Black Branch Road, Rabun, GA, Phone: 706-490-0890
2.Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery, Inc
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Situated in Blue Ridge, Georgia, Bear Claw Vineyards and Winery, Inc sets the ideal atmosphere for sipping wines with friends. The winery produces a full list of varietals including chardonnay, vidal blanc, cabernet sauvignon, white riesling, Cayuga, and treehouse chardonnay. During tastings, guests can pass the time playing cornhole or sitting back by the fire pit. The family-friendly winery has a creek where kids can explore nature. The grounds also contain a treehouse giving stunning views of the vineyard. Bear Claw sits just four miles away from Blue Ridge, a town offering plenty of shops and restaurants.
2281 Tennis Court Road, Blue Ridge, GA, Phone: 706-223-3750
3.Boutier Winery & Inn
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Located 80 minutes of Atlanta, Boutier Winery & Inn is a full-service winery, inn, and events venue located in Danielsville, Georgia. From reds to whites, the winery produces many varieties available for purchase and tasting including its Chardonnay Madison County, Cabernet Sauvignon Madison County, Diva’Licious, and Absolutely Sinful. Boutier Winery also provides a perfect venue for weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers, and other celebrations. Greenery, vineyards, and a unique wine barrel fountain create a tasteful, gorgeous atmosphere for celebrating milestone moments. Guests can stay over at the winery’s bed and breakfast with four guest suites offering amenities like a mini-fridge, stone fireplaces, and flat screen TVs.
4506 Hudson Rivers Church Road, Danielsville, GA, Phone: 706-789-0059
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Located in Guyton, Georgia, Butterducks Winery produces a range of wines and hosts frequent events and parties. The winery has bottles for all tastes, from sweet and semi-sweet to dry. Members of their wine club enjoy discounts on cases to sample their most popular and latest productions. Custom made gift baskets provide the perfect present for wine lovers. Visitors can also tour the tank room. Butterducks loves a good event and frequently throws special celebrations at their winery. Each year, Butterducks hosts their annual PMS party, a celebration of wine and woman that raises money for female-owned businesses and nonprofits.
3332 Blue Jay Road, Guyton, GA, Phone: 912-728-9463
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The Cartecay Vineyards sit just outside of Ellijay, Georgia nestled in the heart of the southern Appalachian Mountains. During a visit, wine lovers can tour the vineyards and sip on different Cartecay productions in the tasting barn. Each week, the vineyard entertains guests with live music by local and regional musicians. The rolling mountains provide the ideal backdrop for outdoor weddings and other celebrations. The vineyards open 7 days a week from 11 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturday and 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM on Sundays. Cartecay also has an additional tasting room located in Historic Downtown Ellijay serving craft beers and wines.
5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA, Phone: 706-698-9463
6.Cavender Creek Vineyards
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Cavender Creek Vineyards gives a chance to experience the great outdoors while enjoying locally produced wines. Unlike other Georgian wineries, Cavender has a unique “Cabin-in-the-Vines” experience in which guests can stay overnight in an authentic 1820s log cabin. This glamping adventure gives a rustic feeling while still including modern comforts and amenities. In the tasting room, wine lovers can sip on Cavender Creek productions along with a selection of wine slushies, sangrias, and craft beers. Visitors should check the online events calendar to see upcoming entertainment and live music. The tasting room and event barn provide an ideal setting for weddings and other events.
3610 Cavender Creek Road, Dahlonega, GA, Phone: 706-451-9084
7.CeNita Vineyards, Winery & Tasting Room
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At CeNita Vineyards, Winery & Tasting Room, misty mountain air and rolling vineyards provide an idyllic place to enjoy locally produced wines. Located in Cleveland, Georgia, CeNita Vineyards open from 11:30 AM to 6 PM or until 7 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. The winery first opened five decades ago after the founders, Cecil and Juanita Crumley, purchased the farmland. The vineyard’s name comes from the combination of Cecil and Juanita. The vineyard has remained in the family, who continues running the property through the power of “faith, hope, and love”. CeNita hosts both indoor and outdoor weddings, executive retreats, corporate meetings, and other events.
591 Dock Dorsey Road, Cleveland, GA, Phone: 706-865-7478
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8.Chateau Vineyard & Winery
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Blue skies, rolling mountains, and lush, green vineyards form the backdrop of the Chateau Vineyard & Winery. The vineyard’s owner, Stephan Meichtry, came from Switzerland to America before making his dream of founding a winery come to life. Today, his family carries on the tradition producing different varietals of wine in the Northern Georgia mountains. Joining the bottle club gives access to discounted cases and exclusive tastings. From reds to whites, popular Chateau wines include the Ellijay Christmas White and Red, Cyzer, Viognier, Vidal Blanc, and Zinfandel. The winery hosts private events as well as live music and parties for the public.
1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA, Phone: 706-502-1608
9.Crane Creek Vineyards
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Perched high on the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Georgia, Crane Creek Vineyards provides a picturesque place to try locally produced wines. Although just two hours away from Atlanta, the vineyard gives a place to escape from the city and enjoy the fresh mountain air. In the tasting room, visitors can sip wines, dine on tapas, and listen to live music. Guests can tour the winery every Saturday at 2 PM for $30 per guest. Tours end with a tasting and cheese platter. Crane Creek Vineyards closes on Mondays, but opens from 11 AM to 6 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sundays.
916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris, GA, Phone: 706-379-1236
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10.Currahee Vineyard & Winery
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Currahee Vineyard & Winery produces traditional Georgian wines in the “shadow of Ol’ Currahee”. From sparkling wines to robust reds, Currahee has produced and bottled a range of varietals since 2008. The family-owned establishment started out as an apple orchard before switching their endeavors to making hand-crafted wines. The winery hosts tastings and live music each week, posting upcoming events on the website. The 24-acre estate serves as an ideal location for indoor and outdoor private events as well with views of the vineyards and Currahee Mountains. Those living outside of Georgia can still enjoy Currahee wines as the company ships to 35 states.
3301 West Currahee Street, Toccoa, GA, Phone: 760-768-5383
© Engelheim Vineyards
Situated in Ellijay, Georgia, Engelheim Vineyards produces wine and hosts private events in the picturesque Appalachian Mountains. The owners, Gary and Jan Engel, incorporate their German heritage into this Georgian vineyard. The elegant venue serves as an idyllic atmosphere for a wedding or other celebration in an intimate setting. The tasting room’s stone floors, wrought iron chandeliers, and wooden cross beams provide a rustic, yet charming place to host a special event. The Engelheim Vineyards wine club gives wine enthusiasts a chance to try out the winemaker’s selection at a reduced price. Engelheim will also ship bottles, and customers can place orders right on the company website.
127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA, Phone: 706-635-9463
12.Fainting Goat Vineyards
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At Fainting Goat Vineyards, wine lovers can sip varietals while enjoying views of blue skies against rolling green vineyards. When it comes to wines, the vineyard produces award-winning blends as well as Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays, Blanc du Bois, and more. This vineyard loves hosting events throughout the month. Live musicians play, and guests can come to enjoy entertainment without paying any cover. Fainting Goat Vineyards specializes in wedding packages with customized pricing options. Their on-staff wedding event manager will ease the process of planning the perfect ceremony and reception. Situated in Jasper, Fainting Goat Vineyards sits in North-Central Georgia in the rural Appalachian Mountains.
201 Vineyard Way, Jasper, GA, Phone: 706-692-9463
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As Chattanooga Valley's oldest winery, the Georgia Winery first opened in 1983 and represents the only vineyard in the North Georgia area. The family-owned business produces award-winning wines. In addition to its Ringgold location, the Georgia Winery also has vineyards throughout the state. The winery invites all to come and enjoy live music and sip southern wines in the Gathering Lounge. Members of the Wine Club benefit from discounted cases available for pick up on the first of every month quarterly. The winery will also ship to select states as listed on the company website. Guests can come for tastings and entertainment every Saturday.
6469 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold, GA, Phone: 706-937-9463
14.Hightower Creek Vineyards
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At Hightower Creek Vineyards, guests can take in breathtaking views of the North Georgia mountains while sipping on the locally produced wines. The live music deck provides a relaxing spot to breathe in the fresh mountain air, enjoy tastings, and listen to local musicians. The family-owned winery in Hiawassee, Georgia gives tours of the vineyard and cellars. The owners particularly emphasize pairings, and visitors can try out wines while enjoying a nice meal after touring the downstairs wine room. The friendly staff and owners guide guests through tastings of popular wines like The Red Clay Rose, Deliverance, and Chatuga Red.
7150 Canaan Drive, Hiawassee, GA, Phone: 706-896-8963
15.Odom Springs Vineyards
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Just two hours north of Atlanta sits the Odom Springs Vineyards in Union County, Georgia. The 16-acre farm has remained in the Odom family for over a century. Union County natives like the Odom family have lived in the region for generations. They continue to carry their farming traditions in the fertile Appalachian soil. The family relies on different soil conditions to farm four types of grapes: Chambourcin, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, and Norton. Guests can come to try award-winning wines for all palettes such as Earl’s Reserve, Homemade Sin, RoDawg Red, Just Loaferin’, Sharptop Seyval, Trio, and They Lord.
637 Odom Road, Blairsville, GA, Phone: 706-745-3094
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Henry and Ethelyn Jernigan first planted seeds at Serenberry in the early 1960s. The North Georgia vineyard has remained in the family and includes a vineyard along with a house and barn built in the 1920s, affectionately referred to as “The Little House”. Serenberry Vineyards prides itself on supporting local farmers and uses grapes native to the Georgia region. From sweet whites and fruity wines to dry roses and robust reds, Serenberry Vineyards produces wines for all tastes. The winery currently sells eights wines by the bottle. In addition to offering tastings at the vineyard, Serenberry also ships bottles to select states in the US.
450 Tipton Trail, Morganton, GA, Phone: 706-623-8463
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Located in Cleveland, Georgia, Serenity Cellars is a full-service winery, restaurant, and events venue. The winery hosts live music every weekend in the evenings on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The establishment hosts special events including their Brick Oven Pizza night in which guests can bring their own ingredients to have them cooked in the oven at no charge. The online calendar features upcoming events and music nights. Wine lovers can come for tastings available seven days a week on premise. Guests can sample seven of the Serenity produced wines. Varietals include a range of reds, whites, library wines, and dessert wines.
265 Laurel Ridge Road, Cleveland, GA, Phone: 706-348-1277
18.Sharp Mountain Vineyards
Whether looking for an idyllic place to celebrate a wedding or to taste Georgian-grown wines, Sharp Mountain Vineyards provides a beautiful setting for unwinding while enjoying mountain views. The vineyards produce 12 varieties of regional wines in the old-world fashion. Established in 1995, Sharp Mountain sits on five acres of rocky soil perched at 1,500 feet. The green and blue mountain views provide the perfect backdrop for sharing nuptials. Whether a wine connoisseur or beginner, Sharp Mountain offers tastings in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere for all palettes every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The vineyard also welcomes guests to come for a picnic and a mountain drive.
110 Rathgeb Trail, Jasper, GA, Phone: 770-735-1210
19.Stonewall Creek Vineyards
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At Stonewall Creek Vineyards, the ancient mountain soil provides fertile grounds perfect for harvesting a range of grapes. Originally from the midwest, owners Carl and Carla Fackler moved out to Georgia in 1977. In 2012, they began growing at Stonewall Creek. Since their wines have won awards year after year including for their two dry European vinifera wines, 2014 Boriana (Petit Manseng), 2014 Cabernet Franc, and the 2015 Yukari Dry Rosé Blend. In the Sautee Tasting Room, guests can sample Stonewall Creek wines like malbecs, cabernet francs, petit verdots, tannats, petit mansengs, and cabernet sauvignons all year round while enjoying live music.
323 Standing Deer Lane, Tiger, GA, Phone: 706-212-0584
20.Sweet Acre Farms Vineyards
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Rustic vibes in an elegant atmosphere describe the winery at Sweet Acre Farms. Wagon wheel chandeliers, rusty tin and wooden walls, a wraparound porch, rocking chairs, and leather couches create a cozy, pastoral ambiance perfect for a mountain winery. The family-owned business sits at the foothills of the Northeast Georgia mountains just 10 minutes north of Gainesville, Georgia. Guests can taste wines while taking in views of the surrounding scenery of vineyards, blackberry patches, and green pastures. The charming resident donkey, Sweetie Pie, likes to wander the grounds and greet guests. Sweet Acre Farms specializes in sweet, fruity wines.
7584 Bill Wilson Road, Alto, GA, Phone: 678-769-5335
21.The Cottage Vineyard & Winery
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Voted as one of the top 25 wineries in the United States, the Cottage Vineyard and Winery has produced wines for close to 20 years. The vineyard’s owner, Jim, learned the art of winemaking while stationed in Europe. He and his wife Sandra later purchased the 29-acre Georgian farm that they run with their son and winemaker, Joe Smith. The family-run business invites wine lovers to come for tastings while enjoying breathtaking mountain views. The winery’s North Georgia Honor Wall pays homage to military men and women. The Wine Club gives members a chance to enjoy discounted bottles and other perks.
5050 Highway 129 North, Cleveland, GA, Phone: 706-865-0053
22.Tiger Mountain Vineyards
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Voted the Best Winery in Rabun County, Tiger Mountain Vineyards cultivates and produces handcrafted wines in the Northern Georgian mountains. Two couples native to Georgia state run the winery together. The vineyards also host monthly events including wine auctions, special tastings, and vintners’ receptions. Customers especially love the winery’s White Tiger, a dry and fruity white blend, as well as the 2018 Rose, a semi-dry rose with traces of plum and raspberry. The Red Barn Cafe provides an ideal venue for weddings, business dinners, and other special group events. The cafe also hosts holiday parties with pairings during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.
2592 Old 441 South, Tiger, GA, Phone: 706-782-4777
23.Watermelon Creek Vineyard
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Watermelon Creek Vineyard cultivates grapes and produces wines, jellies, jams, juices, and sauces. The Padgett family first founded the farm back in 1812 along the banks of Watermelon Creek. Wine bottles pay homage to the history of the region. The winery’s Heritage Series honors regional landmarks and historical figures of Georgia’s Tattnall County from the past 250 years. Labels contain photographs of former county residents, bridges, and an invoice from a former commissary dating back to the year 1900. The Whoopee Series showcases local artifacts like old books, illustrations, and personal items found on the vineyard’s Padgett home built in 1820.
2977 Mount Zion Church Road, Glennville, GA, Phone: 912-654-0107
24.Wolf Mountain Vineyards
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Wine lovers don’t have to travel to Napa Valley to experience the best that American wines have to offer. Wolf Mountain Vineyards represents the first winery in Georgia to win Best-in-Class and double Gold Medals at the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles International Wine competitions. The award-winning winery sits just five miles from Dahlonega in the North Georgia Mountains. Visitors can come to the winery for tastings and tours. Wolf Mountain also hosts ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners with gorgeous scenery of the surrounding vineyards and mountains. The on-site restaurant invites diners to enjoy pairings with gourmet meals.
180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega, GA, Phone: 706-867-9862
25.Yonah Mountain Vineyards
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Yonah Mountain Vineyards cultivates a range of grapes on two-hundred acres beside the iconic Yonah Mountain. The combination of sandy soils and rocky terrain allow for different varietals, and the vineyard grows Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot on 20-acres of land. Yonah Mountain has both white wine, red wine, and mixed tastings. The winery also hosts a unique 90-minute cave tour to explore the grounds before tasting locally produced wines. Local musicians playing at the Live Music Saturdays (free to attend) make the perfect atmosphere for tastings wines every weekend.
1717 Highway 255 South, Cleveland, GA, Phone: 706-878-5522
25 Best Georgia Wineries
- 12 Spies Vineyards, Photo: 12 Spies Vineyards
- Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery, Inc, Photo: Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery, Inc
- Boutier Winery & Inn, Photo: Boutier Winery & Inn
- Butterducks Winery, Photo: Butterducks Winery
- Cartecay Vineyards, Photo: Cartecay Vineyards
- Cavender Creek Vineyards, Photo: Cavender Creek Vineyards
- CeNita Vineyards, Winery & Tasting Room, Photo: CeNita Vineyards, Winery & Tasting Room
- Chateau Vineyard & Winery, Photo: Chateau Vineyard & Winery
- Crane Creek Vineyards, Photo: Crane Creek Vineyards
- Currahee Vineyard & Winery, Photo: Currahee Vineyard & Winery
- Engelheim Vineyards, Photo: Engelheim Vineyards
- Fainting Goat Vineyards, Photo: Fainting Goat Vineyards
- Georgia Winery, Photo: Georgia Winery
- Hightower Creek Vineyards, Photo: Hightower Creek Vineyards
- Odom Springs Vineyards, Photo: Odom Springs Vineyards
- Serenberry Vineyards, Photo: Luca Ambrosi/stock.adobe.com
- Serenity Cellars, Photo: Serenity Cellars
- Sharp Mountain Vineyards, Photo: EcoPim-studio/stock.adobe.com
- Stonewall Creek Vineyards, Photo: Stonewall Creek Vineyards
- Sweet Acre Farms Vineyards, Photo: Sweet Acre Farms Vineyards
- The Cottage Vineyard & Winery, Photo: The Cottage Vineyard & Winery
- Tiger Mountain Vineyards, Photo: Tiger Mountain Vineyards
- Watermelon Creek Vineyard, Photo: Watermelon Creek Vineyard
- Wolf Mountain Vineyards, Photo: Wolf Mountain Vineyards
- Yonah Mountain Vineyards, Photo: Yonah Mountain Vineyards
- Cover Photo: Shchipkova Elena/stock.adobe.com