Wine bottles from Hightower Creek Vineyards in Hiawassee georgia

Vineyards, Microbreweries & Distilleries

From peach wine and hard apple cider to blueberry beer and flavored moonshine, locally-made beverage choices are almost endless.

Raise a glass to “locally made” with a visit to one of our unique wineries, craft breweries or distilleries. Winemakers, in particular, are busy as North Georgia comes into its own as a wine-making region (much of the area is part of the new Upper Hiwassee Highlands American Viticultural Area). But winemaking has long been a traditional art form in the mountains. In fact, before Prohibition, Georgia ranked sixth in wine production among U.S. states. These days, it’s American and European wine grapes — not scuppernong — at the heart of the premium regional wines being produced locally. 

Not to be outdone, passionate local brewers are also doing their part, from IPAs and amber ales to lagers and hard ciders. Many of the microbreweries provide taste & tour events on a regular basis, so you can sample the flavors before you buy. And you’ll find that many stores and restaurants on the North Georgia Farm Trail carry locally-made wines and brews, too. Of course, you might even find a little moonshine along your travels!