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Dahlonega Travel Guide

Vineyards

In the Dahlonega area, visitors can find the largest concentration of wineries in Georgia.

Frogtown Cellars. This 57-acre vineyard and winery offers picturesque mountain views from its deck as well as a dramatic dining room. Since 2010, Frogtown wines have won more than 200 medals. Winemakers Craig and Sydney Kritzer believe it is one of the most awarded wineries in the country not located in Califonia. Wine tastings are offered daily. 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. Weekdays noon–5, Sat. 10:30–6, Sun. 12:30–5.

Montaluce Winery. Reminiscent of a grand Tuscan villa, this 11-acre vineyard features a 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. Complimentary winery tours are offered Tuesday–Sunday at 2 and Saturday and Sunday at 11. Wine tastings (for a fee) are offered at Montaluce's Mediterranean inspired wine bar. Le Vigne, the winery's restaurant, is open for lunch Tuesday–Saturday and brunch on Sunday. Dinner is offered on Friday and Saturday only. Reservations are recommended. 501 Hightower Church Rd., Dahlonega, GA, 30533. 866/991–8466 or 706/867–4060. www.montaluce.com. Tues.–Sat. 11–5, Sun. noon–5.

Three Sisters Vineyards. Dahlonega's first family-farm winery has 20 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 on the weekends, 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." 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. This award-winning winery features 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 Instinct, a Rhone-style red blend. 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.–Sat. 11–5, Sun. 12:30–5.

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