The Best Wineries to Visit in the North Georgia Mountains This Summer
Top Vineyards in Ellijay’s Wine Country
If you’ve never been to Ellijay’s wine country in the North Georgia Mountains now is the time! Guests staying at the Ellijay River House Bed & Breakfast have been wowed by its award-winning vineyards and wineries – and you will be too. There are many great vineyards to enjoy and these are some of our favorites (and only a 15-minute drive from the house!):
Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard & Winery - Talking Rock, GA
Located in the beautiful rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this stunning Tuscan-inspired winery is almost too good to be true! Featured in Northwest Georgia Living magazine, Chateau Meichtry is open every day for wine tastings, wine by the glass and the bottle. The festive and welcoming vibe is especially sweet on the weekends with live music, food trucks and scheduled winery tours. This is a vineyard you don't want to miss, and it’s only 9.4 miles from the Ellijay River House. Check out their website for more information: https://www.chateaumeichtry.co/
Engelheim Vineyards - Ellijay, GA
Winner of the 2018 Georgia Winery of the Year (Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge), Engelheim Vineyards is home to more than 20 award-winning wines including several double gold and silver medals from the largest competition of American wines, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Delight your palette while taking in the gorgeous countryside. Then plan to attend wine and food pairing classes, wine pairing dinners, dinners in the vineyard, art events, music events and wine festivals – Engelheim has it all and is only 9.9 miles from the Ellijay River House. Visit their website for more information: https://www.engelheim.com/
Ott Farms and Vineyard - Ellijay, GA
Imagine yourself sitting outside in front of a breathtaking big-sky mountain view, surrounded by lush grapevines, sipping on your favorite wine and listening to great music – what could be more relaxing? At Ott Farms and Vineyard you can enjoy this gorgeous setting along with expansive indoor seating areas and tasting bars. Owners Mike and Lee built their vineyard from the ground up, after Mike helped other Ellijay winery owners realize their dreams. See their website to read more about Mike and Lee’s journey: https://www.ottvineyards.com/
Cartecay River Brewing Co. - Ellijay, GA
Ok, so not a winery, but definitely worth the mention! The Cartecay River Brewing Co. is located just a short drive from downtown Ellijay and the Ellijay River House, and has a warm welcoming atmosphere. Choose from 16 delicious ever-changing craft beers or a Big Kid slushy and sit inside, or on the outdoor riverside patio. Owner Brooks Wade makes everyone feel like family and provides live music on the weekends, and old-time games like table shuffleboard and darts. It’s pet and kid-friendly too. You'll even find the La Catrina Food Truck here on the weekends. Check out their website for a list of current brews: https://www.cartecayriverbrewing.com/
Now is the time!
We are still surprised to hear many of our Atlanta guests say they’ve never been to (or heard of) the vineyards in Ellijay. We encourage them to go and they return delighted to tell us about their experience. We hope to inspire you to come to the North Georgia Mountains to experience Tuscany in Ellijay! And of course, we hope you’ll spend the night with us - at the Ellijay River House Bed & Breakfast in the North Georgia Mountains, a 2021 Travelers’ Choice award winner from Tripadvisor!