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Wine not? North Georgia Wineries Part 2

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!

[wp-svg-icons icon=”glass” wrap=”i”] Frogtown [wp-svg-icons icon=”glass” wrap=”i”]

[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”i”] 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.

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 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 😉
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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!

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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’.

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Yeah…#skyporn #earthporn #holyshitthisviewporn

But as Jay-Z would say…on to the next, on on to the next one.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”glass” wrap=”i”] Kaya Vineyard and Winery [wp-svg-icons icon=”glass” wrap=”i”]

[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”i”] 5400 Town Creek Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533

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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.

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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!

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I tried to chug my un-sweet wine while basking in the sun on their porch, the views were just stunning!

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Didn’t go home with a bottle from here, but definitely one happy customer!

[wp-svg-icons icon=”glass” wrap=”i”] Yonah Mountain Vineyards [wp-svg-icons icon=”glass” wrap=”i”]

[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”i”] 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.

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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.

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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.

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[wp-svg-icons icon=”glass” wrap=”i”] The Cottage Vineyard & Winery [wp-svg-icons icon=”glass” wrap=”i”]

[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”i”] 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.

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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

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  1. Hailey Phillips says:

    Great read! Love love your style of writing! Always has me laughing! You should definitely do a post about the breweries around Atlanta!

    • Tatum Skipper says:

      Thanks darling!! Don’t crucify me for this but I am not the biggest beer fan!! I know, don’t judge, but Atlanta does have some awesome breweries and they opened up a Cidery!! So once I have some time, I will hit some of the major ones for you!! 🙂

  2. Christine says:

    Such a great post of different wineries! I would like to visit the cottage one! I can definitely tell you had a blast!

  3. Indrani says:

    Love the casual writing style. 🙂
    The views from Frogtown is breathtaking! Did you go to all 4 in one single day?Great message in the end: no drinking and driving!

    • Tatum Skipper says:

      YAY! I love when people say they love my writing style because lots of people in the beginning thought it was “too casual” but WTF do they know! 😉 We literally went to all 4 in one day! I hardly had any wine at the second winery (mostly food) and then my friend who drove home didn’t have any at the last place!! Wine champs right?? 🙂

  4. Christina says:

    What a beautiful winery, with lovely scenery and a cute cellar door. The Frogtown name and branding is great! It sticks in your mind and the winery looks like a peaceful escape into the countryside.

    • Tatum Skipper says:

      All of them were amazing, and it seemed like as the day went on, the views would just get better and better!!

  5. Vyjay says:

    The Winery tour did have its sweet and un-sweet moments. But you did get to see some great views and have a heady experience. Loved your writing style. Let the words keep flowing like the wine.

    • Tatum Skipper says:

      Thank you, yes the views made it all worth while!! So happy you like my writing style too, I try to talk to write like I am talking to a friend! 🙂

  6. Harsh says:

    You have really pepped me up to go for a wine tour. All the views were spectacular and the wine experiences must have been more than awesome. Already craving for some wine!

  7. This was a total surprise! I never knew Georgia had wineries. The landscapes are gorgeous and I’d love to visit next time were in the US. Thanks for this surprising tip.

    • Tatum Skipper says:

      Not only do they have wineries, they have like 12 of them!! All over the northern part of Georgia! you should totally go, they are amazing!

  8. Seems like you had great fun..such happy pictures! The vineyards and interiors look so lovely too. You reminded me of the wine tour we did in Tuscany recently, where my attention was more on the food too!

  9. Melissa says:

    Soo you pretty much sold me with the title, I LOVE wine and wineries so this is my kind of post. Looks like you got an awesome combo of scenic views, southern charm, and of course, plenty of wine 🙂

    • Tatum Skipper says:

      haha Wine not right?? I do too, like LOVEEEEE THEM. probably a little too much but whose counting right? haha thanks girl!

  10. This is hilarious. I love a good wine tasting (I actually got kicked out of one once – yikes), but the food looks like the best part haha! I might’ve been falling down after 4 wineries, but I might have to check these out sometime 🙂

  11. I love wineries!! For a long time I thought the US didn’t make much good wine but now that I have spent quite a bit of time in California I know better! I would love to visit Georgia now! These wineries look and sounds really good.

    • Tatum Skipper says:

      I haven’t been out to California yet but need to go ASAP!!! If the wine is this good in Georgia I can only imagine!

  12. We have grown really fond of wines from Georgia. Well, that is the country of Georgia – Sakartvelo. I did not know that the US state of Georgia was also producing wine. Allways fun to learn something new and it would be fun to try some of the wines one day. 🙂

    • Tatum Skipper says:

      haha wow that’s awesome! Had no idea they were a wine region. Would love to switch places and try each other’s!

  13. Natalie says:

    Once you got outside the view sure looked beautiful and I love the froggies! So cute! We love wineries now and again and this one looks like fun!

  14. Brianna says:

    These are gorgeous wineries! I never knew they had wineries in Georgia. It seems like it would be too warm for the grapes.

    • Tatum Skipper says:

      Never thought of it being too warm…but it is north Georgia which usually gets snow and stuff so IDK somehow it works!!

  15. Brown Gal Trekker says:

    I’m not a wine drinker but I’ve joined friends doing tasting in South African and other places. The view is always nice and the atmosphere relaxing. Never knew there were gorgeous wineries in Georgia!

  16. Ami Bhat says:

    The best part of a wine tasting experience is the ambiance and the lovely scenery that accompanies it. I just love the green vineyards where most of the tasting happens. And I see that your pictures reaffirms that this place will not disappoint me

  17. Luca says:

    I’m good at drinking wine but not very aware of all that’s behind it. I’m sure no sommelier, I let my belly decide if it’s good or not 😀
    I’ve never been to a winery before, but I’d like to try, both for the view I imagine I’d find while sipping from my glass and for the info they could tell me about the wines and how to taste it, to discover all the flavors and nuances.

  18. I do not have much knowledge about wine but I do love sipping them and I would really love to try the sweet wine. The beauty of vineyards never ceases to amaze me. Amazing food and the right wine to go with it is a sure turn on.

  19. If there is alcohol, then there has to be some food and I guess that is where the owners at Frogtown got it wrong. I am still not too fond of wine and I am still looking for one that will change my view about wines in general. I prefer sweet wine too . It is nice that the last owners allowed you to stay outside and enjoy the sunset.

  20. Ashley Buchan says:

    I’m ashamed to say I have never been to a winery, even though we have some close by. I have to say you guys make it look like a lot of fun, and you’re making me thirsty. I like how your pictures get a little more rowdy with each glass of wine!

  21. Adam Biernat says:

    Such a fantastic post 🙂 I’m a big wine lover but I’ve never been in a winery. Definitely, I should visit one soon. It seems that you had a lot of fun there 🙂

  22. You guys had a lot of fun and those wines look great. The scenery you got to see it spectacular. I guess I dont think of wine when I hear Georgia but why not? Looks like a nice trip.

  23. Wowww, this winery seems wonderful, have u been where the grapes grow up too?!?! Anyway it was pretty strange to read 6$ per glass and just double price for the bottle, what a fuck?!?! Great location, nice landscape and you ended with a beautiful sunset!! Cheers ladies .-D

  24. Genie Patra says:

    ah posts like this always make me so mad that I’m allergic to alcohol. Looks so much fun though!

  25. That Blue Wine Ridge region seems to have a lot to offer! It is also in my list to have a vineyard trip and maybe will do that next time I go back to Europe. You really seem to had loads of fun! But yeah, after 4 vineyards, who wouldn’t?

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