Sure, Napa and Sonoma are stunning, but the United States is chock-full of smaller wine regions worth a visit -- in particular, the North Georgia Mountains. This hamlet of America offers hiking, river rafting, and dozens of vineyards and wineries that makes for an ideal romantic weekend or girlfriend getaway from Atlanta. Pack your bags for a tasting and be sure to save room to bring back a bottle (or three).
Wineries to Visit
Crane Creek, pictured above, is a stunning 1886 farmhouse-turned-winery and event venue. You’ll feel like home when sipping a glass of Sweet Sally, the fruity dessert blend named for the winery's pup.
Hightower Creek is a family-run winery that fully celebrates the area's heritage, particularly with their Deliverance red blend. Soak up inspiring views of the Blue Ridge Mountains as you sip a robust red.
Cavender Creek in Dahlonega hosts wine tastings and live music every weekend -- it's the perfect time to sample their Farmhouse Peach, a blend that incorporates local peaches and muscadines for a tart and sweet dessert wine.
Where to Stay
If you’re staying for longer than a day, base yourself in Helen, Dahlonega, or Young Harris, as these picturesque stowns have the most options in terms of accommodations. We recommend the range of choices at Unicoi State Park and Lodge, which boast camping and hotel rooms, as well as the luxurious suites at Brasstown Valley Resort.
Driving the area is your best bet if you can manage it, as most of the towns and wineries are 20-30 minutes apart. But if you prefer the ease of a tour with the benefits of a designated driver, you can visit with VIP Southern Tours, which visit many of the wineries in full- or half-day tours.