Itinerary: Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries
Raise a glass to “locally made” with a visit to one of our unique local wineries, craft breweries or distilleries.
Winemakers, in particular, are busy in the vineyards — and the tasting rooms — as North Georgia comes into its own as a winemaking region. In fact, a section of the Georgia Mountain Parkway has be designated as the “Upper Hiwassee Highlands” American Viticultural Area (AVA) — joining such esteemed winemaking regions as Napa Valley and New York’s Finger Lakes.
Not to be outdone, passionate local brewers are doing their part to turn North Georgia into the next craft beer mecca. From IPAs and amber ales to lagers and hard ciders, microbrew enthusiasts enjoy plenty of opportunities to quench their thirst along the Parkway.
You’ll even find a distillery on the Parkway that makes moonshine, something that was considered “illegal” just a few short years ago. Today, “white lightning” is making a comeback, and you don’t want to miss out on tasting a few of the new flavors.
Use the map below to plan your wine wander or beer tour.
Bear Claw Vineyards
|Winery||2555 Tennis Court Rd, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, USA|
Bear Claw Vineyards is a place known for breathtaking mountain views, pristine bubbling springs, and the Blue Ridge Treehouse, a place you can soak up the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and breathe in the clean mountain air to renew your spirits. Bear Claw Vineyards is a densely planted vineyard, which is rarer to see, producing less grapes but better wine.
Blue Ridge Brewery
|Brewery||187 Depot St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, USA|
The Brewery is Blue Ridge’s own brewpub, with the capacity to pour six of their own house brews and eight beers from other craft breweries. The Brewery also has great food and live acoustic music on weekends.
Buck Bald Brewing
|Brewery||160 Ocoee St, Copperhill, TN 37317, USA|
Buck Bald Brewing is dedicated to brewing the highest quality craft beer. Our passion is your pleasure as we combine the best quality ingredients with careful attention to every detail. From our flagship Ragin’ Red Ale and Hollerin’ Man Pale Ale to styles from across the spectrum, you’ll love every sip. We strive to provide great tasting, hand-crafted brews in a fun and friendly location. Fill a pint…fill a growler…fill your mind!
|Winery||5704 Clear Creek Rd, Ellijay, GA 30536, USA|
With entertainment on most weekends, Cartecay Vineyards is a popular stop. The Tasting Barn is a refurbished circa-1890s barn with seating around a wood fire stove, covered porch, deck and events room, which was originally a hay loft. Cartecay makes a variety of wines, including Vidal Blanc, Traminette, Chimney Blush and Chimney Red, Merlot and Cabernet Savignon.
|Winery||1862 Orchard Ln, Talking Rock, GA 30175, USA|
Chateau Meichtry is a family owned and operated winery and vineyard located in a beautiful setting, and featuring music every Saturday. Full tours of the vineyard are available, and includes a tasting of 5 wines, a glass of your favorite wine at tour conclusion and a crystal Chateau Meichtry wine glass.
|Brewery||105 Ocoee St, Copperhill, TN 37317, USA|
Copperhill Brewing has a passion for brewing high-quality, diverse and exceptional tasting craft beer. Brewing craft beer is truly an art form, and their goal is to brew an exceptional selection of craft beers that will set Copperhill Brewery apart from all others. Enjoy the variety of craft beers offered in the tap room!
Crane Creek Vineyards
|Winery||916 Crane Creek Rd, Young Harris, GA 30582, USA|
Crane Creek Vineyards sits high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia, just three miles north of the quaint college town of Young Harris in the shadow of Brasstown Bald, the state’s highest peak. Less than two hours from Atlanta – yet a world away…
Dream Catcher Winery
|Winery||919 S Jones Mill Rd, Ellijay, GA 30540, USA|
Dream Catcher Vineyards is the newest small winery in Gilmer County. They plan on producing red and white wines using Georgia-grown grapes beginning in the fall of 2020.
Ellijay River Vineyards
|Winery||111 River Birch Ln, Ellijay, GA 30540, USA|
Ellijay River Vineyards was established in 2010 on almost 20 acres of farmland bordering the Ellijay River. Located in the Whitepath area of Gilmer County, it sits at an elevation of 1400 feet above sea level. Several vineyards are planted with varieties such as Merlot, Seyval Blanc, Albarino and Viognier.
|Winery||127 Lakeview Rd, Ellijay, GA 30540, USA|
Engelheim (German for “Angel Home”) Vineyards focuses on growing outstanding grapes to produce high-quality wines. The vineyard integrates the owners’ German heritage with their Appalachian home, including its original residents: the Cherokee Nation. The land was purchased in 2007; the first vines were planted in 2009, producing the first vintage in 2011.
Fainting Goat Vineyards
|Winery||201 Vineyard Way, Jasper, GA 30143, USA|
Yes, there are goats at Fainting Goat Vineyards! Ronnie and Reagan, plus three baby goats, Dolley, Madison and Mamie, welcome visitors to pet and play with them. This boutique family owned vineyard and winery is nestled up against Burnt Mountain in nearby Pickens County. There’s live music every weekend. The wine list boasts a range of full bodied reds, crisp, fruity whites and sweet blends.
Fannin Brewing Company
|Brewery||3758 E 1st St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, USA|
Tom Fennell brought his brewing skills to Fannin County for two simple reasons: Fresh air and fresh water make for fresh beer. Being local is important to Fannin Brewing; it’s in the name of their beers: Hiawassee Golden Ale, Toccoa Brown, Blue Ridge Lager and Chief Whitepath White IPA, along with several specialty beers and seasonal beers. They also source local ingredients in many of their beers.
Grandaddy Mimm's Distillery
|Distillery||161 Pappys Plaza, Blairsville, GA 30512, USA|
Jack “Mimm” McClure (1914-1969) was a moonshiner and philanthropist in the North Georgia Mountains. This authentic moonshine is crafted from his 1930 recipe, which is distilled and bottled locally. Stop in for tastings, tours, shopping and special events.
Grumpy Old Men Brewing
|Brewery||1315 E Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, USA|
Grumpy Old Men Brewing was established in 2012 by two “old retired guys” who started home brewing in an outdoor shower. Their corporate mission is simple: “If we don’t like it, we don’t drink it. If we don’t drink it, we don’t sell it. Today, this “nano brewery” is home of the famous Moon Over Blue Ridge Wheat, Aska Pale Ale, Tootla Creek Blonde Ale and others.
|Brewery||616 S Main St, Hiawassee, GA 30546, USA|
Seven varieties of in-house brews along with beers from other regional breweries, plus wines from two local vineyards. Authentic Mexican food is also served.
Hightower Creek Vineyards
|Winery||7150 Canaan Dr, Hiawassee, GA 30546, USA|
This family winery and vineyard knows the importance of food, friends and a sense of home. They strive to create wines that reflect the people and places of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
|Brewery, Winery||8660 Blue Ridge Dr, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, USA|
Mercier Orchards is the only apple orchard in Georgia that grows, presses, ferments and bottles its own hard apple cider & farm wines. Mercier’s is also the first producer of hard cider in the state. Visit this 120-acre farm and enjoy a round of tasting, plus farm tractor tours, U-pick events, farm market, cafe, bakery, store and much more!
Nottely River Valley Vineyards
|Winery||1185 Old Culberson Rd, Murphy, NC 28906, USA|
Located just across the line in Murphy, NC, Nottely River Valley Vineyards is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery established in 2008. The vineyard occupies 10 acres of a 93-acre farm that has been in the family since 1820, and consists of high-density plantings of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Primitivo, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and the French Hybrids, Chambourcin, Chardonel, & Seyval Blanc.
Odom Springs Vineyards
|Winery||637 Odom Rd, Blairsville, GA 30512, USA|
For more than a century, the Odom family has lived and farmed in the Young Cane Valley. Today, the main vineyards and winery are situated on 16 acres of Odom land. The Creekside, New Ground and Hillside vineyards are located another 60 acres nearby. Visit for tastings, purchases and special events.
Paradise Hills Winery, Resort & Spa
|Winery||3163 Paradise Rd, Blairsville, GA 30512, USA|
Paradise Hills sits on 40 acres of beautiful mountain land, complete with a vineyard, tasting room, rental cabins and spa. It’s a family operation that involves every member of the Paradise Hills family. Stop by for a visit and let us share a little paradise with you.
Sharp Mountain Vineyards
|Winery||110 Rathgeb Trail, Jasper, GA 30143, USA|
Located off Hwy 515 in Jasper, Sharp Mountain includes a vineyard, winery, tasting Room, gift shop and event venue. The vineyard was established in 1995, and the tasting room opened in 2005. Sharp Mountain offers 13 different varieties of wine for tasting.