I have already established how amazing the North Georgia wineries are right? I mean, the views are spectacular, the people are more than friendly and the wine is good enough to buy a couple of cases to take home. My friend from Switzerland that I met while backpacking Europe recently set foot on American soil for HER FIRST TIME EVER. Crazy right?? And ya know what? I was her first stop! Good ol’ Duluth, Georgia. I felt so much pressure trying to put together a list of things to do, I mean, how do I compare to the Swiss Alps? But like always, I put my brain to work and what was the first thing that came to mind? ALCOHOL. Needless to say, on a perfect October afternoon, we headed up to the Blue Ridge region to drink our way through the mountains…here’s where we stopped on our North Georgia Wineries tour #2!
700 Ridge Point Dr, Dahlonega, GA 30533
I could give you a history of Frogtown and who founded it and all that other bullshit no one cares about, or I could get right to the good stuff. Driving up, the winery sits on a beautiful hill, making it look like a mansion in the sky. Upon arrival, we noticed some renovations going on; they were expanding to have an outdoor tasting room. Once we entered, beautiful high ceilings but two tables filled with merchandise and a large wall blocking the spectacular view on the other side. Kind of annoying. Also annoying was the fact that on the website it stated they served food, but I guess I didn’t see the part where that was only on the weekends, we were starving. Thankfully, they give you goldfish as the palette cleanser so we all shoved our face with those.
Like most wineries, you have multiple tasting options, can you guess the one I went with? That’s right bitches, the sweet wine tasting. MMMM if you don’t like muscadine wine then please kindly click the X at the top of the screen and get the hell off my page. HA,
just kidding, but seriously you suck. My other two friends tried the red wine tasting…which one stood out to me? UM, ALL OF THEM. I seriously loved every single one. My friend from Switzerland, Ramona, ended up switching her last two to sweet since they were so good. Seeeeee, I do have the best taste 😉
Which one had the pleasure of coming home with me? –Southern Charm- I really wanted to buy a bottle of each, but I knew we had 3 more wineries to go to after and didn’t wanna spend all my money in one place. If you don’t mind being a loser then get either the red wine or the off dry tasting, here’s one of the menus!
Even though the wine was amazing, the experience not so much. You have to stand in front of that wall while you taste, missing out on all the views. Plus, the woman working wasn’t too nice and the inside looked like it was also going through renovation, even though it wasn’t. Oh well!! We bought a couple bottles and a glass to take out on the porch–look at this view; now we’re talkin’.
Yeah…#skyporn #earthporn #holyshitthisviewporn
But as Jay-Z would say…on to the next, on on to the next one.
Kaya Vineyard and Winery
5400 Town Creek Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533
FOOOOOOOOD. OMG FINALLY. We never planned on stopping here, but it was literally 2 seconds away from Frogtown. AND they were serving food during the week so HA FROGTOWN, they showed you. Riding up to the front, it felt so welcoming and homey…like you were going to Grandma’s house for milk and cookies, but instead its a really cool Grandma who gives you cheese and wine and let’s you stay up late.
Once you walked in, BOOM…views everywhere. So much better to be able to enjoy your tasting while staring off into the mountains.
My main priority at this winery was food. Don’t call me a pussy, I know how I am when I get wine drunk and it ain’t pretty. PLUS, it worked out perfectly considering they had NO SWEET WINE. Why must you crush my dreams of being perfect Kaya, whyyyyy? I think it was the alcohol gods telling me to slow the fuck down. I chose the sweetest/ un-sweet wine they had…it was pretty gross. Actually, really gross. Lauren, my other friend got the “Fall Tasting” and I got a happy tummy full of pesto panini and BBQ chips!
I tried to chug my un-sweet wine while basking in the sun on their porch, the views were just stunning!
Didn’t go home with a bottle from here, but definitely one happy customer!
Yonah Mountain Vineyards
1717 GA-255, Cleveland, GA 30528
After an eventful afternoon we wound up here at Yonah, 15 minutes before closing. I never realize how long you could spend wine tasting until today. Is there a profession for that? I’m pretty damn good. The outside boasts this large stone architecture and wrought iron door, but upon entry…wow. What seemed like 100 ft ceilings and panoramic views of the entire place.
This winery did things a little differently. You got to choose whichever 4 or 8 you prefer for a price. Again, I opted for the 4, trying to be the responsible adult that I am. To be honest, I can’t remember every single one I tried, but I do remember loving -La Fin- obviously it was the sweetest out of them all, but the girl working made me get out of my comfort zone and try some smooth reds. I appreciated her hospitality and honesty. Not only that, she was never pushy to get us out, even though they were close to closing. Before you knew it, we were laughing and carrying on so much that the owner came to see what all the fuss was about. He gave us the background story on his family owned vineyard and made us feel like his own house guests.
Sadly we had to stumble off to our last winery of the day, but not before leaving with an awesome Yonah glass to commemorate our short time slowly getting wine drunk.
The Cottage Vineyard & Winery
5050 US-129, Cleveland, GA 30528
Our last and final stop for the day we ended up making it 10 minutes before closing. Since I use to work for a restaurant, I know those asshole people who use to show up right before closing, demanding to have a 5 course meal. I hate to be those people, but since the last place welcomed us with open arms, I thought here would be the same. Don’t get me wrong, we caught the owners at a bad time…they were hosting a dinner party down the road so we had to rush our tasting. This is where it got interesting…8 tastings for $12 in 10 ish minutes? Challenge accepted.
Since we were in such a rush, I forgot to snap a picture of the inside or the menu. Take my word for it, although small and quaint on the inside, the true beauty was outside. They had the sweetest muscadine wines, from peach to blueberry. I ended up buying a bottle of -Southern Sass- (what is it with me and southern shit?) and got a glass of it as well. The owners left but allowed us to stay outside for as long as we’d like. We took this opportunity to take 100000 pictures and watch the sunset.
Can you tell we had a lot of fun? I mean, after 4 wineries if you aren’t having fun then you aren’t doing it right! That’s all for this time around the Blue Ridge wine region…better believe I will be back sooner than later to try my luck at finding better views and sweeter wine! As always, don’t be that dumbass who drinks and drives, kills a baby then goes to jail for all eternity. Be somewhat responsible…yes Lauren drove, and no she didn’t drink here.
Hopefully you learned something from my experiences…have you been to the wineries here? Which was your favorite???
Cheers Bitches! xo