Check Out our Favorite Wineries

Our local wineries are beautiful, cozy and intimate with award winning wines and Georgia grown hard cider.

Mercier Orchards Downtown

Mercier Orchards

Mercier Orchards is the only apple orchard in Georgia that grows, presses, ferments and bottles their own hard apple cider & farm wines. Mercier’s is also the first producer of Hard Cider in the state. Visit their 120-acre farm and enjoy a round of tasting; hard ciders include Grumpy Granny, Adele’s Choice, Black Bee, Apple Bramble, Lone Tree, Old #3 and Just Peachy. Their farm wines include Fall Harvest Apple, Blackberry Winter and Summer Sweet Peach wines. Plus Pearody, Rock Steady Red, Legends and Cherrohoochee hard cider. Mercier’s also has tastings of some of the best regional wines produced in the Georgia Mountains. Mercier’s is open from 7am to 6pm, 7 days-a-week. Tasting Room, M-SA 11am-6pm and SUN 12:30-6pm. 706-632-3411 or see: Mercier Orchards.

Bear Claw Vineyards

Bear Claw Vineyards

Bear Claw Vineyards in Blue Ridge, Georgia, is a place known for its delicious wines, breathtaking views, pristine bubbling springs, and the Blue Ridge Treehouse! It's a place you can soak up the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and breathe in the clean mountain air to renew your spirits. Relax to weekend musical entertainment, wander through the vineyards or take a vineyard tour. Bear Claw Vineyards is a densely planted vineyard, which is rarer to see, producing less grapes but better wine. 2281 Tennis Court Rd., Blue Ridge, 706-223-3750. Or visit: Bear Claw Vineyards website.

Serenberry Vineyards

Serenberry Vineyards

Serenberry is a charming vineyard and farm winery just a few country miles from downtown Blue Ridge. Experience this intimate place and take in the simple and serene pleasures of the North Georgia Mountains while being surrounded by nature’s down-to-earth gifts of life, people, and wine. Visit the Tasting Barn, dating back to the 1920s, and sample a variety of sweet, dry, and hearty wines. Linger longer; select your favorite wine, by the glass or bottle, and explore the beautiful, relaxed setting on the open-air patio or take a leisurely stroll through the vines. For directions and hours, call 706-623-8463 or visit: Serenberry Vineyards.

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Cartecay Vineyards

Cartecay Vineyards is located in Ellijay in the scenic Cartecay region. The vineyard has entertainment on weekends and the Tasting Barn is a refurbished circa 1890s barn, with seating area round 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. For directions and hours, call 706-698-9463 or visit: Cartecay Vineyards.

Chateau Meichtry

Chateau Meichtry is a family owned and operated winery and vineyard near Ellijay. The vineyard is located in a beautiful setting, and features music every Saturday. Full tours of the vineyard are available every Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. by reservation. The tour includes a tasting of 5 wines, a glass of your favorite wine at tour conclusion and a crystal Chateau Meichtry wine glass. For directions and hours, call 706-502-1608 or visit: Website

Nottely River Valley Vineyards

Located in Murphy, N.C., Nottely Valley Vineyards is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery established in 2008. The vineyard and winery occupies 10 acres of a 93 acre farm that has been in the family since 1820. The vineyard consist of high density plantings of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Primitivo, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and the French Hybrids – Chambourcin, Chardonel, & Seyval Blanc. For directions and hours, call 828-837-7822 or visit: Website

Ott Farms and Vineyard

Ott Farms and Vineyard is located in Ellijay Georgia on 7+ acres of Gilmer County's most beautiful mountain view. They currently have 4 acres of French-American hybrid grapes planted. Ott Farms and Vineyards also features an 1800 square foot tasting room with a 30 ft x 30 ft vaulted covered pavilion and an 8 ft x 80 ft covered porch ready to accommodate you rain or shine. For directions and hours, call 706-273-1891 or visit: www.ottfarmsandvineyard.com

Paradise Hills Winery Resort & Spa

Paradise Hills is located near Blairsville. As you drive into the entrance of the 35 acre property, there is a small test vineyard roadside, below some of the rental cabins. The main vineyard at Paradise Hills stretches beyond the centrally located Lodge with the winery production building alongside it. The vineyards were originally planted in 2012 with a variety of grapes to include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Reisling, Chardonnel, Traminette and Sangiovese. For directions and hours, call 877-745-7483 or visit: Website

Be sure to drink responsibly! Always have a designated driver or call one of our local cab and transportation companies:

* A2B Transit 844-354-6622

* Grape Escape Wine Adventures 786-686-5045

* Howard Jabaley Taxi Service706-455-0082; 706-492-3244

* Mountain Transportation, LLC706-851-9465

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Chip Cipcic
Blue Ridge Georgia Tourism

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