Upwards of 20 different wineries nestle in the North Georgia Mountains. These vineyards depend on the highly oxygenated red clay for which Georgia is famous and high elevations, which keep the grapes cool and humidity low. Enjoy these three wineries that can be found within a 90 minute drive of Atlanta.
Named for its view of Three Sisters Mountain, this vineyard was the first in the county to open after prohibition ended. The tasting room is smaller than most wineries in the area, but this is not a reflection of the quality.
Order the ‘Vinter’s Tasting’ and select six wines from their available reds and whites. There are several sweet whites from which to select, and a hearty number of spicy reds. Don’t miss the dessert wine tasting; select from an ice wine or a port.
The Frogtown tasting room is a spacious two-story building and is shared with a dining room featuring paninis and cheese plates. Tasting flights sell in white or red. Most selections are grape blends and tend to be more fruity than spicy. If there is no room at the main bar, ask a staff member to assist you at one of the side tables. This leaves you some elbow room and ample space to order a fruit and cheese platter.
The Montaluce Winery is reminiscent of an Italian estate, set far from the main road. Its wines can be tasted at the bar, enveloping oenophiles with an over sized roaring fire and a glossy black piano.
Visitors can also indulge in a meal at the onsite restaurant, Le Vigne, and enjoy their tasting at the table overlooking the vineyards. Flights here pour in white or red, with an option for dessert wine sold separately. Be sure to try the Mead, a sparkling wine made with North Georgia wildflower honey.