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Rural Georgia surprises: Wineries and vineyards

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

By Loren Lindler

Photo credit: Crane Creek Vineyards

What's better than a glass of wine after a long, hard day? We'll tell you what's better - a glass of wine from a winery in rural Georgia. In fact, there are over 60 wine producers in the state, so there are plenty of opportunities for your tastebuds to be tickled.

According to the Georgia Wine Producers, Georgia's wine industry has a total economic impact of $4.1 billion. With over 915 acres of vineyards, and providing over 35,000 jobs in the state, Georgia's wine industry is making quite an impact.

The state of Georgia offers the perfect climate for grapes, so it comes at no surprise that we have great wine. Traditionally, muscadine grapes have been the foundation of Georgia's grape and wine industry. Georgia leads the nation in its production of these grapes and, just recently, Governor Kemp named the muscadine the official grape of Georgia. But, new varieties have been introduced to the state over the years, allowing the state to have a diverse wine industry.

There are a number of wineries and vineyards scattered throughout rural Georgia and the state's grape production reaches from the north to the south. When it comes to the top grape-producing counties in the state, Lumpkin County tops the charts with an impact of over $5 million, followed by White, Habersham, Irwin, Madison, Rabun, Cherokee, Mitchell, Towns, and Calhoun counties.

If you're a wine connoisseur, buckle up because we've got the list of a lifetime of wineries in rural Georgia. All of the vineyards and wineries are linked, so click their name to learn more!

Wineries and vineyards in rural Georgia:

12 Spies Vineyards & Farm, LLC

Rabun Gap, GA | Rabun County

Accent Cellars

Dahlonega, GA | Lumpkin County

Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery

Blue Ridge, GA | Fannin County

Boutier Winery & Inn LLC

Danielsville, GA | Madison County

Buckley Farms and Vineyard

Ellijay, GA | Gilmer County

Cartecay Vineyards

Ellijay, GA | Gilmer County

Cavender Creek Vineyards

Dahlonega, GA | Lumpkin County

CeNita Vineyards

Cleveland, GA | White County

Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard and Winery

Talking Rock, GA | Pickens County

Cloudland Vineyards and Winery

Young Harris, GA | Towns County

Crane Creek Vineyards

Young Harris, GA | Towns County

Creekstone Winery

Sautee, GA | White County

Currahee Vineyards

Toccoa, GA | Stephens County

Dreamcatcher Vineyards & Winery

Ellijay, GA | Gilmer County

Engelheim Vineyards

Ellijay, GA | Gilmer County

Etowah Meadery

Dahlonega, GA | Lumpkin County

Fainting Goat Vineyards

Jasper, GA | Pickens County

Farmer's Daughter Vineyards

Thomasville, GA | Thomas County

Grapes and Ladders Vineyards

Ellijay, GA | Gilmer County

Habersham Winey & Vineyards

Helen, GA | White County

Horse Creek Winery

Sparks, GA | Cook County

Nashville, GA | Berrien County

Jail Creek Farms

Jeffersonville, GA | Twiggs County

Kaya Vineyard & Winery

Dahlonega, GA | Lumpkin County

Kingwood Winery

Clayton, GA | Rabun County

Lake Russell Wines

Elberton, GA | Elbert County

Little Red Dog Vineyards

Ellijay, GA | Gilmer County

Mercier Orchards

Blue Ridge, GA | Fannin County

Montaluce Winery & Restaurant

Dahlonega, GA | Lumpkin County

Odom Springs Vineyards

Blairsville, GA | Union County

Ott Farms & Vineyard

Ellijay, GA | Gilmer County

Paradise Hills Winery Resort & Spa

Blairsville, GA | Union County

Paulk Vineyards

Wray, GA | Irwin County

Serenberry Vineyards

Morganton, GA | Fannin County

Serenity Cellars

Cleveland, GA | White County

Sharp Mountain Vineyards

Jasper, GA | Pickens County

Still Pond Vineyard, Winery & Distillery

Arlington, GA | Calhoun + Early Counties

Stonewall Creek Vineyards

Tiger, GA | Rabun County

Tesnatee River Winery and Meadery

Cleveland, GA | White County

The Cottage Vineyard and Winery

Cleveland, GA | White County

This Little Piggy Vineyard

Blairsville, GA | Union County

Three Sisters Vineyards and Winery

Dahlonega, GA | Lumpkin County

Tiger Mountain Vineyards

Tiger, GA | Rabun County

Trillium Vineyard & Winery

Bremen, GA | Haralson County

Watermelon Creek Vineyard

Glennville, GA | Tattnall County

Wolf Creek Plantation

Americus, GA | Sumter County

Yonah Mountain Vineyards

Cleveland, GA | White County

To learn more about Georgia's wine industry, check out the Georgia Wine Producers for more information. If you're looking for a winery or vineyard near you, be sure to visit the Georgia Grown website.

Do you know of interesting experiences in rural Georgia? Share your ideas with us by sending us an email or messaging us on Facebook!

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