If you think you’ve discovered all the good wineries in Georgia, think again! These wineries in the Northwest region of our state rival the great tastes of wine everywhere. Below is just a sampling of some of the distinctive wineries in the area, but please explore further…there is so much more to experience!
FAINTING GOAT VINEYARDS AND WINERY, Jasper
This boutique vineyard, nestled up against the side of Burnt Mountain just outside of the city of Jasper, offers exquisite, handcrafted wines grown from the finest certified French vines. Full-bodied reds, crisp and fruity whites, and sweet blends are the perfect compliment to any meal, or just to enjoy on their own. Be sure to check out the website for the entertainment schedule, too.
Oh, and if you are wondering about the name, the owner’s say it originated at the end of a long hard day of vine work when they climbed to the top of the mountain and felt like fainting. From there the nickname, Fainting Goat, was born. And yes, they have goats. FaintingGoatVineyardsAndWinery.com
BIG DOOR VINEYARDS, White/Cartersville
Walking through the big doors at this winery means you are about to make new friends, taste some amazing vintage wine, and create memories of a lifetime. Choose your wine, order a meat and cheese charcuterie board and settle in for a relaxing time with live acoustic background music for your enjoyment. Whether inside the tasting room or outside on the winery pier, you will fine a place to relax and enjoy your surroundings. As they say, no gimmicks here, just great wine. BigDoorVineyards.com
Crafting an exceptional wine experience in a region with a rich wine producing history, Trillium Vineyard is sometimes called a hidden gem…one that you will want to discover! Choose from a selection of reds, whites, and rosés styled to pair well with the foods you enjoy.
“I try to create wines that suit our climate and our way of life – wines to drink with the food we grow, make and eat.” – BRUCE CROSS, OWNER/WINEMAKER
“Behind the Vines” is a Saturday tour offered by Trillium for those who want to know more about where the bounty comes from. The fee includes six tastings as you walk through the vineyard to the winery ending at the Bud Break room for added local cheese and crackers while owner Bruce Cross answers any remaining questions. TrilliumVineyard.com
CHATEAU MEICHTRY WINERY, Talking Rock/Ellijay
In 1921, at the age of 25, Stephan Meichtry traveled to America from the canton of Valais, Switzerland with only a suitcase and an adventure for life. He settled in Maspeth, New York, where he would later raise his two children and further develop his passion for wine. It is believed that when he came to America, he brought his own root stock from Switzerland and grew the vines he used for his lifelong wine-making. A stock from these same vines is now planted at Chateau Meichtry Vineyard.
Make it a weekend getaway at this winery with a stay at the on-site villa in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Come for a tasting or a glass while enjoying the beautiful scenery, and on weekends, enjoy live music entertainment from a great array of Georgia musicians every Saturday and Sunday from 1:30-5:30. Tours are available every Saturday and Sunday. ChateauMeichtry.co
LITTLE VINE VINEYARDS AND WINERY, Villa Rica
Bringing back a tradition of fine wines once produced in West Georgia in the 1890’s, Little Vine ventured out to become the first vineyard and winery in the area since 1907. Specializing in Blanc du Bois, Lenoir and Norton grapes, Little Vine produces some of the finest wines around. Just a short drive from Atlanta, come out and enjoy good wine, good music, and good company. LittleVineVineyards.com
BEAR CLAW VINEYARDS, Blue Ridge
Come for a day or stay for a week, Bear Claw Vineyards is the perfect place to slow down, relax and reconnect. Quality grapes grown on site in this beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain setting produce amazing wine. Plan an extended visit with a stay in the uniquely crafted treehouse built by DIY’s Treehouse Guys. In addition to live music events and VIP tour opportunities, a visit to this winery include a wristband that entitles you to discounts at local area businesses…all the more reason to extend your stay. BearClawVineyards.com
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Don’t stop with just the five wineries listed above. Check out even more places in Northwest Georgia to sample the fruit of the vine, each with their own story and special flavor! Click here to download “Land of Legendary Spirits”, a map guide to breweries, wineries and distilleries in Northwest Georgia
- Qualusi Vineyards – Acworth
- Feathers Edge Vineyards – Ball Ground
- Serenberry Vineyards – Morganton
- Mercier Orchards – Blue Ridge
- Cartecay Vineyards – Ellijay
- Ellijay River Vineyards – Ellijay
- Engelheim Vineyards – Ellijay
- Grapes and Ladders – Ellijay
- Ott Farms and Vineyards – Ellijay
- Sharp Mountain Vineyards – Jasper
- Georgia Winery – Ringgold