It may come as a surprise, but in addition to the the beautiful landscape, wonderful hiking trails, and exciting whitewater rafting opportunities, the North Georgia Mountains are home to a number of fantastic vineyards and wineries. Here are some of the best in the area.
Habersham Vineyards and Winery (Helen)
One of Georgia's oldest and largest wineries, Habersham's wines have won more than 150 national and international awards since 1983. The vineyard features self-guided tours, a tasting room, and a gift shop with gourmet foods and a variety of gift choices.
Yonah Mountain Vineyards (Sautee)
Taking their name from an Appalachian range of nearby mountains, this vineyard includes more than 5000 vines. Offering exclusive tours and discounts through their "Wine Club," Yonah Mountain Vineyards has one goal: to put Georgia on the map when it comes to great tasting wine.
Blackstock Vineyards and Winery (Dahlonega)
The first of its kind in the area, Blackstock produces wines that appeal to serious enthusiasts. One of the most attractive wineries in all of Georgia, with gorgeous views and a unique "stovepipe" fireplace. It's no wonder that the vineyard is home to special events ranging from moderate luncheons to exquisite weddings.
Three Sisters Vineyards (Dahlonega)
Borrowing its name from the Three Sisters Mountains, this vineyard's goal is to provide an intimate experience. From its Wine & Chocolate Lovers event to its Saint Patrick's Day celebration and beyond, there's always something exciting going on at this small family vineyard and winery.
Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery (Dahlonega)
With more than 100 medals under its belt in a variety of competitions, Wolf Mountain has developed into a leader of fine wines in the North Georgia mountains. Here, you'll be exposed to intimate gourmet dining, tours and tastings, and beautiful landscapes home to a large number of weddings.
Tiger Mountain Vineyards (Tiger)
Nestled upon a hillside on the slopes of the North Georgia mountains, Tiger Mountain Vineyards has been in the family for five generations. Taking great pride in their workers, the belief here is that winemaking isn't just a science; it is a full-fledged art.
Sharp Mountain Vineyards (Jasper)
Visitors to the area often travel to Sharp Mountain for a day of relaxing, perhaps even a peaceful picnic. While they're in the area, this vineyard makes a perfect end (or start) to the day. Providing friendly, courteous service and focusing on quality over quantity, Sharp Mountain Vineyards stands out among the crowd.
Crane Creek Vineyards (Young Harris)
Located high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Crane Creek is owned and operated by the vineyard's "family," even if some of them aren't related by blood. Their philosophy is to bring quality wines to serious enthusiasts while adding their own personal touch.
The mountains in Georgia are home to a wide variety of vineyards and wineries. A culmination of ingenuity, care, and quality, all with their own unique personal touches, there is something to be found for every wine enthusiast, casual admirer, or newcomer to the world of winemaking.
Close to Helen Georgia:
BlackStock Vineyards and Winery
Habersham Vineyards & Winery
7025 S. Main Street; Helen, GA
700 Ridge Point Dr.; Dahlonega, GA
Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery
180 Wolf Mountain Trail; Dahlonega, GA
Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery
439 Vineyard Way; Dahlonega, GA