Local Wineries

Engelheim Vineyards

Engelheim Vineyards focuses on growing outstanding grapes to produce the highest quality of wines. Our objective is to give all glory to God while integrating our German heritage and our Appalachian home. We also hope to honor the original residents of Engelheim, the Cherokee Nation. The owners, Gary and Jan Engel and their family, decided to purchase the land that is now known as Engelheim (German for “Angel Home”) in 2007. After Colonel Engel retired from the Army in 2004 and upon his return from Iraq and Kuwait, they decided to live their dream of living in the North Georgia Mountains to grow the finest quality grapes. The Engel family planted their first vines in 2009 and harvested their first vintage in 2011; Engelheim Vineyards has been going strong ever since. Visit Website

Crane Creek Vineyards

Crane Creek Vineyards

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… Making your way to the tasting room on a field stone path, the sense of history can be felt before you reach the door. Housed in the old Bryson farmhouse, the tasting room at Crane Creek Vineyards is intimate and charming. There is something to please every one of your senses here! Visit Website

Cartecay Vineyards

Cartecay Vineyards is located in Ellijay, GA, situated in the Eastern part of Gilmer County, in the Cartecay region and a short drive up Highway 52 through rolling hills and apple houses. With a tasting room that is open 7 days a week and a patio with their signature stone chimney, this charming property is a lovely place to spend the afternoon. They frequently have live music on their patio, and a wonderful staff to provide tastings of their very good local wines.

Cartecay Vineyards was planted in the Spring of 2008 with two varieties, Vidal Blanc and Merlot. Since 2008 four more varieties have been planted; Traminette, Norton (Cynthiana), Catawba and Cabernet Sauvignon, with more planned. With good complexity for “locals”, we love these wines! Visit Website

Chateau Meichtry Winery and Vineyards

Chateau Meichtry is one of Ellijay’s newest vineyards and tasting rooms. It is a family owned and operated winery and vineyard, located in north Georgia wine country. The vineyard lies in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The rolling hills provide a perfect location for growing quality wine grapes. The staff and family of long-time vintners invite you to come out for a tasting or a glass, while enjoying the beautiful scenery, and on weekends, enjoy live music entertainment from a great array of Georgia musicians every Saturday from 1:30-5:30. See events page for details!! Meichtry (pronounced “My-tree”) is a lovely, scenic property has a great patio to while away an hour, or an afternoon, with their friendly and knowledgeable staff – and they have some wonderful, thoughtful varietals. Visit Website

Fainting Goat Vineyard

Fainting Goat Vineyard, located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, is owned and operated by Dave and Robin Higginbotham and their daughter McKenzie. From conception to crush, their grapes are gently cared for and their wines are handcrafted. Taking a minimalist approach, they specialize in producing small lots of high quality wine. Their focus is to produce the best possible fruit to work with. We love their wine and beautiful property – and, they have a GREAT name! Visit Website