Dahlonega wineries each provide their own style of wine and ambiance. Some offer lunchand dinner. Others may provide free music on weekends.
The Dahlonega/Lumpkin County area was designated the Dahlonega Plateau on July 20, 2018 as the newest viticultural area in the United States and the first with boundaries contained within the state of Georgia. The designation identifies the origin of American wines in a manner similar to those used in France. For more information visitDahlonega Plateau.
If you would like transportation to the Dahlonega wineries you can contact Uber using your app or Mama’s Taxi at 706-482-8539.
Every year the Georgia Winegrowers Association has the Wine Highway Weekend with information on our blog.
If you do not have the time to visit the wineries there are Dahlonega Tasting Rooms listed below. Directions from the inn to the wineries and tasting rooms are also shown below or visit ourwinery map.
Wolf Mountain has a rustic but elegant architecture with dark wood and stone used often. The winery has sweeping views of the vineyards and mountain to the south from their dining rooms, balcony and decks. Antiques from Germany and nice artwork are scattered across the rooms. They offer tours by appointment and wine tastings for a fee. Themed Sunday brunches, bistro lunches and Winemaker Gourmet Dinners are also offered. They also provide a vineyard lunch Thursday through Saturday with reservations. For lunch we like the gourmet pizza with salad and a glass of wine while viewing the vineyards. Brunches and special dinners sell out quickly and require reservations. Sunday brunches tend to have two seatings. Some Winters they close in December and reopen in February.
We are the closest bed and breakfast inn to Wolf Mountain Winery.
Tasting room hours vary by season so check their web site
Three Sisters is the oldest winery in the area and one of the most popular Dahlonega
wineries. Its casual atmosphere and friendly owners/staff make wine tastings fun and enjoyable. They also offer a nice array of picnic items (Georgia cheeses, pates, deli meats and breads) for winery/vineyard picnics. They also have a nice covered deck with live music on many weekends. Because of the great views many have had weddings in the gazebo area.
They have also added a large rustic post and beam event barn. In June they have always hosted the Wine Country Festival every weekend.
Visit their web site above for special events and more. Also see video near bottom of this page.
Located near Three Sisters Winery with 44 acres of grapes they grow 25 different varieties of wine grapes and use French winemaking rules by not adding back sugar to their dry wines. The tasting, restaurant and events building is post and beam architecture with many windows and decks oriented towards the vineyards and ponds. They also provide winery dinners from time to time and serve panini lunches and dinner. Check their web site for tasting room hours and event schedules.
This Tuscan themed winery is in a 25,000 square foot building with soaring wood beamed ceilings, stucco and stone walls with beautiful artwork and decor. The tasting room has a long beautiful bar with stools for seating or you can order a glass or bottle of wine and sit on the adjoining balcony overlooking the vineyards. The Le Vigne Ristorante in the winery serves lunch and dinner. Free tours are offered by reservation and guided wine hikes on weekends for an additional fee and reservations.
Located five miles east of Dahlonega, this 15 acre property has three acres of vineyards. The tasting room area has been totally renovated and transformed from the original structure. We love that they have added several fire pits outside that you can enjoy in cooler weather while sipping wine and eating popcorn. They have plenty of wood to keep the fires going.
An old 1800’s log cabin was moved from another state near the tasting room which adds charm to the property. They have also added an event barn for special music concerts.
They also have chickens that they let out in the vineyard to provide natural pest control for the grapes. Since we are Dahlonega’s only eco friendly bed and breakfast we love a winery using green methods.
If someone in your party does not like one they also have craft beer.
5400 Town Creek Church Road, Dahlonega, 706-219-3514
Kaya’s tasting room area is relaxing with a bar in the middle and beautiful views of the vineyards. They started out as Blackstock Winery and the new owners gave the winery a new name and upgraded the facilities. They also have a large covered deck for sitting outside and serve sandwiches and cheese platters. You can also take the free shuttle from the winery to their nearby resort for dinner.
They do not have their own vineyard but have planted some grapes around their tasting room building. Owned by millennials they are enthusiastic about their wines. The wine tasting building is simple and minimalistic in decor. Only 2 minutes from Dahlonega you can bring your own food and have some wine. They also tend to stay open later than some of the other wineries.
3003 Morrison Moore Parkway East, Dahlonega, 706-864-6323
Habersham Winery is located about 40 minutes away from the inn south of Helen. While in the area visit Nora Mills (est 1878) across the street from the winery. Around the corner is the Hardman Farm State Historic Site which makes an interesting stop (see our blog post).
The Pottery Museum is also nearby in nearby Sautee.
Established in September 2005 at the base of Yonah Mountain the winery is a beautiful building with high ceilings and rustic elegance. Indoor and outdoor areas are available for tastings with a view of the mountain. You can also get a tour on weekends and see the wine cave with appointment.
The vineyard is the only one we know that is powered by solar energy. The solar array is extensive and they also have numerous car charging stations. The owner has a Tesla. The vineyard is extensive and guests are welcome to roam the rows of grapes that are labelled in terms of the variety of grape.
They have Crush Fest every year in August with live music, food trucks and artisan vendors. Check out our blog post on this festival.
They are only 30 minutes from the inn and worth the drive.
This winery is located so close to the Lumpkin County line in White County we always consider it one of ours. It’s not too far from the inn and tends to stay open longer than some of the others and has live music on many weekends. The wine tasting building is small and simple and located on top of a high ridge with great views of the vineyards through the windows and from the outside patios. You can also play corn hole and sip wine.
Wine Highway Weekends
Every March the Georgia Winegrowers Association sponsors the wine highway weekend. For one price you get a passport to take to member wineries for free tastings, In 2020 the event is the wine highway month and is scheduled for August due to Covid 19 cancelling the March event. For more information visitwine highway weekends.
Downtown Dahlonega Tasting Rooms
If you cannot visit the wineries you can visit the tasting rooms in historic downtown Dahlonega.
Some like Wolf Mountain closes for the winter months. Others may have reduced hours or only open on weekends.
Do the wineries offer lunch and/or dinner?
Wolf Mountain offers lunch some days of the week (reservations required) and Sunday brunch. Frogtown offers Friday and Saturday lunch and dinner as well as Sunday lunch. Montaluce has lunch and dinner. Some of the other wineries offer snacks for purchase like cheese, crackers, etc.
Do some wineries close for tastings if there is a wedding scheduled?
Yes we have heard from our guests that they could not get a tasting due to the venue being booked for a wedding.
Is there a charge for winery tastings?
Yes. Price varies depending on the winery, number of pours and if you get to keep the glass. At some wineries you can choose to taste only reds or whites. Many guests also like to split a tasting where you get a smaller pour and will not feel the effects too quickly from consuming too much alcohol.
What is a meadery?
A meadery makes wine out of honey instead of grapes. Etowah Meadery also offers tastings of the traditional and infused meads. The infused meads are flavored with fruit like blueberries, paw paws, strawberry and more.