If you're making your way to Talona Ridge RV Resort, you probably have heard good things about the wineries in North Georgia. What you may not know is that Gilmer County, the county in which Talona Ridge is located, is the Wine Capital of Georgia. This means Ellijay, East Ellijay, and Talking Rock have been recognized on a national level because of their amazing wineries and vineyards.
Because of the beautiful climate in North Georgia, wine grapes grow particularly well. There are many vineyards that have wineries located on the same property, guaranteeing the wine's authenticity. In Ellijay, Georgia, there are so many ways to experience these beautiful vineyards and wineries.
1. Go Downtown
We know that a smaller mountain town like Ellijay might not be the first place you think of when you're planning a night out, but we would suggest you take a small drive from Talona Ridge RV Resort and visit Cartecay Wine and Craft, a downtown extension of Cartecay Vineyards.
Here, you will see the amazing bartenders who will introduce you to handcrafted and locally brewed beers, as well as, you guessed it, wines. In fact, they don't have the generic types of wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay, instead, they have their own set of choices. This is where the well-informed bartender comes in handy. They can ask you your go-to wine, and from there, give you the perfect Cartecay Wine and Craft version. If all that isn't enough to excite you, there are fun board games to play while you sip with your significant other and/or friends.
PS. Chimney Red is a fan favorite if you are into deep reds.
2. Head to the Hills
There are many wineries in Gilmer County, but not many can top the beautiful landscapes surrounding Chateau Meightry Family Vineyard and Winery. They have excellent outdoor seating that looks into the grass-covered hills. They are located in Talking Rock, just a short drive from Talona Ridge RV Resort in East Ellijay. When visiting this these vineyards, you can sip a variety of locally grown and aged wines while looking off into the beautiful landscape. They also have cheese boards and chocolates available. If you didn't know any better, you might think you were in Nappa Valley.
To top it all off, they host local musicians on the weekends to play for guests. Music, great wine, cheese boards, and a view. What more could you ask for?
3. Get a Taste of Germany
If you haven't been abroad and experienced a German Winery, you can basically get it check off your list when you visit Ellijay. Engelheim Vineyards is a family-owned, German-inspired Vineyard and Winery that will blow you away with its wine and venue. Voted the Georgia Winery of the Year in 2018 by Georgia Trustees, Engelheim Vineyards is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
When you step inside the winery, you will feel like you've been transported to the German wine country. There's a warm fireplace, plenty of seating, and beautiful architecture. No detail was spared in creating this experience. The wine is excellent, and so are the chocolate-raspberry truffles. Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating, and take a tour through the vineyards, you won't be disappointed.
There are dozens of wineries and vineyards in North Georgia. When you stay at Talona Ridge RV Resort, you have an excellent basecamp for all kinds of mountain adventures and outings, like going on wine tours. For more information on wine tours, click this link. We hope you enjoy your next adventure when you stay at Talona Ridge RV Resort, your gateway to the mountains.