In the Dahlonega area, visitors can find the largest concentration of wineries in Georgia.
BlackStock Vineyards and Winery. On 90 acres, BlackStock offers more than a dozen traditional European premium-quality wines. The large outdoor deck overlooks both the vineyards and the mountains. The lodge pulls in elements from the setting, with a stacked stone three-sided fireplace and handcrafted wrought-iron work replicating the look of the grapevines. A waterfall is a highlight of the wine cellar. The winery's ACE—a family reserve blend of Touriga, Mourvedre, and the winery's best Merlot—is named for owners David and Trish Harris's three children: Austin, Chandler, and Eliza. Check the website for information on regular wine dinners, grape stomps during harvest, and live music. 5400 Town Creek Rd., Dahlonega, GA, 30533. 706/219–2789. www.bsvw.com. Mon.–Fri. 12–6, Sat. 10–6, Sun. 12:30–6.
Frogtown Cellars. This 50-acre vineyard and winery offers picturesque mountain views from its deck as well as a dramatic dining room. The winery features an underground, gravity-flow wine-making facility on three floors, which utilizes gravity in place of pumps, with wine crush on the first level, fermentation on the second, and storage in wine barrels on the third and lowest level. Since 2005, the winery has won more than 70 medals in major competitions worldwide. Lunch is available Friday to Sunday; Sunday brunch and wine-tasting dinners require reservations. 700 Ridge Point Dr., northeast of Dahlonega, Dahlonega, GA, 30533. 706/865–0687. www.frogtownwine.com. Mon.-Fri. 12-5, Sat. 12-6, Sun. 12:30-5.
Montaluce Winery. Reminiscent of a grand Tuscan villa, Dahlonega's newest winery features a 20-acre vineyard and state-of-the-art, 25,000-square-foot wine-making facility. Montaluce's spacious dining room/restaurant and multilevel terraces provide breathtaking views of mountain scenery. The Mediterranean-inspired Wine Bar offers tastings of the winery's 11 vintages. The Honey and Wildflower Mead and Super Georgian, a blend of Montaluce's red grape varietals, are especially popular in the tasting room. Complimentary winery tours are offered Tuesday–Sunday at 2. Tastings are available for a fee. 501 Hightower Church Rd., Dahlonega, GA, 30533. 866/991–8466 or 706/867–4060. www.montaluce.com. Tues.-Sat. 11–5, Sun. 12-5.
Three Sisters Vineyards. Dahlonega's first family-farm winery has 18 acres of plantings including Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Blanc, and Chardonnay, along with American varietals such as Cynthiana-Norton. The relaxed winery is named for nearby Three Sisters Mountain, visible from the farm's gazebo. Deli meats and cheeses are available, and a deck provides a comfortable spot for a picnic. The tasting room is decorated with folk art and pottery from the area, including a poster that proclaims "Thar's Wine in Them Thar Hills." A favorite from the winery is the robust "Fat Boy Red." Special events, including the Georgia Wine Country Festival the first weekend in June, occur monthly. 439 Vineyard Way, northeast of Dahlonega, Dahlonega, GA, 30533. 706/865–9463. www.threesistersvineyards.com. Thurs.–Sat. 11–5, Sun. 1–5.
Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery. A 25-acre vineyard with hillside plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Touriga Nacional. The Craftsman-style lodge housing the winery and café offers tastings for a fee and serves lunch Thursday through Saturday from noon to 3, and a Sunday brunch between 12:30 and 2:30. Reservations are required. Wolf Mountain also offers quarterly gourmet dinners and guided tours of the grounds on weekends at 2. Some of the winery's acclaimed labels include Plenitude, a 70% Chardonnay and 30% Viognier blend; claret, an estate reserve cabernet and Mourvèdre; and Instinct, a Rhone-style red blend. Call for tour or tasting information. 180 Wolf Mountain Trail, off U.S. 19/60, north of Dahlonega, Dahlonega, GA, 30533. 706/867–9862. www.wolfmountainvineyards.com. Mar.–mid-Dec., Thurs.–Sun. noon–5.
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