On a beautiful day in Georgia, a winery is a wonderful destination. And good news: there are plenty of options to choose from! North Georgia has emerged as a prime spot for planting a vineyard, but you can find wineries all around the Peach State. Take some time to explore our growing map and add your favorite winery in the comments below! Here’s a closer look at three of our picks:
1. HORSE CREEK WINERY: Sparks & Nashville, GA
Situated in South Georgia’s lush green landscape, Horse Creek Winery promises spectacular scenery, gourmet cuisine, and southern sophistication. With 40 acres of high-quality, sweet Muscadine grapes, Horse Creek Winery offers award-winning muscadine and blended wines at two locations in Sparks and Nashville, Georgia. The Sparks location sits just off Interstate I-75, making it a perfect pitstop on your way to Florida. Rustic tasting rooms welcome guests to sample these hand-made wines. Afterward, enjoy an intimate, relaxed meal at Horse Creek Bistro indoors or outside on a covered patio and deck area.
Sparks: Tuesday – Thursday noon – 6 p.m. Friday noon – 8 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Nashville: Wednesday – Saturday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sparks: (229) 549-9463
Nashville: (229) 686-9463
2. BEAR CLAW VINEYARDS: Blue Ridge
Bear Claw Vineyards is a woman-owned winery located in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Bear Claw produces and bottles its own wine on-site, 1832 feet above sea level. Michelle ‘Mick’ Swim chose the location because of the rich, unique qualities of the soil.
⏰ HOURS: Visit Bear Claw’s website for up-to-date hours.
? PHONE: 706-223-3750
? ADDRESS: 2281 Tennis Court Rd, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
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3. CARTECAY VINEYARDS: Ellijay
Cartecay Vineyards is located in Eastern Gilmer County, just five minutes from Hillcrest Orchards. It was founded in 2007 on land that was farmed in the 1890s. Today the land’s western-facing slopes “allow for the vines to receive maximum sun exposure, elevations ranging from 1650 ft. to 1750 ft., sloping landscapes to help keep the vines’ ‘feet’ dry and clay loam soils, which are conducive to growing grapes.”
Outside there is a patio with an 1890’s chimney and covered stage area. Picnic tables are spaced out throughout the lawn near the arched bridge to the vineyards so visitors can sit comfortably distanced.
⏰ HOURS: Monday – Saturday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
? PHONE: 706-698-9463
? ADDRESS: 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30536