Wine Down This Labor Day Weekend (without even leaving Georgia)


[Published on the Facebook page of Atlanta Food Walks on August 30, 2016]

Craving a great wine trip on a budget this Labor Day weekend? We’ve got you covered. Forget Sonoma and Napa and head to our very own North Georgia Mountains to experience numerous varieties of local wine in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.

(1) If you’re looking for a romantic getaway….we suggest Montaluce Winery and Restaurant located in the former gold-rush city of Dahlonega, Georgia.

For anyone whose bucket-list includes a drive through Italy’s wine country, Montaluce is a dream come true. A quaint Tuscan-styled winery located in Northern Georgia, Montaluce has become its own ‘bella città’ with the surrounding area and homes also emulating Italian styles and architecture. We suggest you take some time to rest on the back porch and enjoy the relaxing view of the vineyard laced hills at this “Little Tuscany” of the South.

(2) If you’re searching for the perfect spot for your girl’s day… Three Sisters Vineyards is it. Also located in Dahlonega, Georgia, Three Sisters Vineyards is the city’s first family-owned farm winery.

Proud of their TurnerSouth given title as the ‘Best Winery in the South,’ Three Sisters Vineyards boasts large outdoor patio spaces that give you and your group a glorious skyline view of the mountains to enjoy while sipping your wine. Most of their wines are fruity and flavorful making Three Sisters a great winery choice for that one friend (you know which one) who is still working on developing their wine palate.

(3) If you’re interested in a calm mother-daughter outing….a visit to the suburban city of Braselton, Georgia, the proud home of Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, is your place.

A short 50 minute drive north of Atlanta, Chateau Elan provides you with an elegant wine-tasting experience that takes French influences and creates a wine idyllic of the South. Parking here is plentiful and traffic is rarely an issue, so make a weekend of it and consider treating yourself to a day at The Spa at Chateau Elan too while you’re there.We know you deserve it.

If you really can’t get away, stop by Vino Venuelocated in Dunwoody, Georgia where you can taste a variety of local wines without the drive.

— at Montaluce Winery and Restaurant.


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