In 2001, Georgia’s legislature recognized the significance of the growing wine industry and authorized the designation of roadways and signage to create the Georgia Wine Highway. A region more than a specific highway, wineries and vineyards are connected over a 70 mile route from Braselton to Dahlonega, Young Harris, Helen, Sautee Nacoochee Valley and on into Clayton. North Georgia is currently host to more than a dozen wineries, and the rate of new vineyard plantings is amongst the highest in the Eastern U.S. Production is about 115,000 gallons annually. For maps and winery contact information: www.georgiawine.com
The North Georgia mountains provide the perfect place to escape the ordinary and embrace the exceptional. You can be active in your pursuit of outdoor excursions from golfing and mountain biking to back-country hiking, camping, and rafting. We also boast some of the best places for relishing relaxation and indulgence. Experience the luxury of an area bed and breakfast or country inn, browse our antique stores and local art galleries, and savor the cuisine of both casual and fine dining options nestled in our Georgia wine country.
Our mountains combine the perfect terrain, soil, drainage, and elevation necessary for our vineyards to produce wines that reveal this “sense of place,” or terroir, which separates our wines from those made in other geographically diverse regions. Our soil composition is very much like that of Italy’s Piedmont region, which produces some of the most prestigious wines in the world. Come taste what happens when Georgia sunshine and mountain soils meet Viognier and Merlot grapes…we’re certain that you’ll be smiling, too.
We are the Winegrowers Association of Georgia, a non-profit corporation organized to promote and market Georgia wine, to improve the market environment for Georgia wines, to increase public awareness of Georgia wines, and to facilitate research in Georgia viticultural and vinification techniques to improve our already noteworthy Georgia wines. Annual members must qualify with a minimum of five acres in Georgia of vinifera or French-American grapes in production, or with a minimum of 1,000 cases of wine produced annually from Georgia-grown vinifera or French-American grapes. Our member wineries are dedicated to these founding principles and our diligent adherence to them validates our declaration of “Georgia’s Fine Wine Producers.”