Southern Living Magazine calls Dahlonega “The Napa of the South”

by David Zunker Categories // Sip & Dine

Southern Living Magazine calls Dahlonega “The Napa of the South”


With the highest concentration of wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms in the state, Dahlonega is known as the Heart of Georgia Wine Country and the Wine Tasting Room Capital of Georgia. Home to eight wine tasting rooms, six wineries, a distillery owned by GRAMMY-award winning musician Zac Brown, and a local meadery, Dahlonega offers a variety of quality wines and spirits to lift your spirits.


Dahlonega-Lumpkin County’s favorable mountain elevations and growing conditions contribute to the region’s expanding wine industry, which annually produces around 100 acres of of European, French hybrid, and American wine grapes.

Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery

(706) 867-7700

3610 Cavender Creek Road, Dahlonega

Cavender Creek Vineyards and Winery is Dahlonega’s smallest family farm winery. Cavender Creek hand-crafts about 1,400 cases per year. The 15-acre property’s vines produce mainly Petit Manseng, Cabernet Sauvignon and American Norton. 

Frogtown Cellars

(706) 865-0687

700 Ridge Point Drive, Dahlonega

By a wide margin, Frogtown is Georgia's most awarded winery in major U.S. competitions. Frogtown is home to more than 22,000 grape vines on 42 acres, a tri-level gravity flow winery and a stunning cypress and timber-frame wine-tasting and event facility. With a total of 25 different grape varieties, Frogtown produces exclusively estate-grown wines under the Frogtown and Thirteenth Colony brand names. 

Kaya Vineyard & Winery

(706) 219-3514

5400 Town Creek Road, Dahlonega

Kaya’s Winery and Tasting Room, located atop a ridge at 1,600 feet, offers one of the most exquisite panoramic mountain views in North Georgia. The Tasting Room features 12-foot windows, Edison light bulbs, and reclaimed wood, making Kaya a restful Appalachian Mountains retreat. Visitors can enjoy the cool summer breeze on a 2,000-square-foot covered deck, with live music.

All Kaya wines are made exclusively from estate grown grapes cultivated on the property. The vineyards are planted with classic European, Italian and American varietals.

Montaluce Winery & Estates

(706) 867-4060

501 Hightower Church Road, Dahlonega

Montaluce fuses breathtaking views with equally impressive wine, food, and design. Monteluce’s 25,000-square-foot facility is built to mimic the majesty of a grand Tuscan villa. Enjoy its renowned luxurious restaurant with famous Sunday brunch. 

Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery

(706) 865-9463

439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega

Three Sisters Vineyards is "Dahlonega's First Family Farm Winery" and Lumpkin County's founding wine grape grower. Each vintage production is 3500 - 4000 cases of 100% Georgia-grown estate wine. This beautiful 184-acre property hosts weddings, special events and is home to the annual Georgia Wine Country Festival.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery

(706) 867-9862

180 Wolf Mountain Trail, Dahlonega

With more than 150 medals in major U.S. Competitions, including Georgia's first ever gold medals at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles International Wine Competitions and multiple Best of Category awards, Wolf Mountain has established itself as a leader in fine wine production on the east coast.

Mead and Spirits:

Z. Brown Distillery

(706) 348-2019

2148 Town Creek Church Road, Dahlonega

Z. Brown Distillery, owned by GRAMMY award-winning musician Zac Brown, was founded upon a deep-rooted respect for the long-standing, pre-prohibition traditions of making spirits in North Georgia and Appalachia. Z. Brown Distillery crafts truly American-made whiskey. 

Etowah Meadery 

(706) 864-6323

3003 Morrison More Parkway, Dahlonega 

Enjoy the worlds oldest alcoholic drink at Etowah Meadery. This rich, honey-based brew is cozy and mellow, and you will be, too, after enjoying its 11-14 percent alcohol content. Etowah Meadery offers a variety of meads including recipes created with blueberries, chocolate, mayhaws, currants and more brewed with honey from Georgia Honey Farm. 

Dahlonega Tasting Rooms & Wine Shops:

Dahlonega Wine Walk

Dahlonega has been named the Wine Tasting Room Capital of Georgia – discover why in the Dahlonega Wine Walk! Purchase a wine glass at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center for $5 and receive specials at each participating downtown tasting rooms and wine shops. 

Canvas & Cork featuring Cavender Creek Vineyards Wines

(706) 525-1563

90 North Meaders Street, Dahlonega - Located in Historic Downtown Dahlonega

Crane Creek Dahlonega Tasting Room

(706) 525-1563

94 Public Square North, Dahlonega - Located in Historic Downtown Dahlonega

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham Wines

(706) 864-8275

16 North Park Street, Dahlonega - Located in Historic Downtown Dahlonega

Georgia Winery of Dahlonega Tasting Room

(770) 265-9992

11 South Grove Street, Dahlonega - Located in Historic Downtown Dahlonega

Naturally Georgia - A Tiger Mountain Vineyards Tasting Room

(706) 864-0832

90 Public Square North, Dahlonega - Located in Bleu Gallery

Taste Wine & Gourmet Foods

(404) 981-7194

11 South Grove Street - Located in Carriage House Shoppes

Ole' Mountain Collectors & Wine Cellar

(706) 867-7406

40 Public Square South, Dahlonega - Located in Historic Downtown Dahlonega

Accent Cellars

(706) 867-0123

215 Auraria Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 - Located two minutes from Downtown Dahlonega




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About the Author

David Zunker

David Zunker

David Zunker is the Tourism Director at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber & Visitors Bureau. He is a journalist by training and a tourism professional by trade – having spent more than 25 years in the hospitality and travel business with resorts, state tourism offices, CVBs and chambers of commerce.

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