While there is a concentration of wineries around the Dahlonega area, vineyards dot the north Georgia mountains as far north as the Tennessee and North Carolina borders. During a trip to some of the state parks in the northeast corner of Georgia, we also stopped at several wineries. One of the most memorable was Tiger Mountain Vineyards, a small winery set at the foot of a beautiful sloping mountain (hence, the name). The tasting room is set in a nicely crafted, stable-type building. It’s small, but welcoming. We were greeted warmly by our hostess and were offered several different wines to try, a variety of whites and reds. We were pleasantly surprised with how much we enjoyed some of the white wines, but we really enjoyed some of their red offerings, especially the Rabun Red and Mountain Cyn. Tiger Mountain’s red wines make prominent use of Norton grapes, which we enjoy being from Missouri, another state known for its Norton wines.
Tiger Mountain was a bit further out of the way than some of the other wineries we’ve visited, but that was part of the adventure. The somewhat secluded tasting room set amongst the Georgia mountains added to our visit, and the winery itself was worth the drive. If you’re exploring the far north Georgia mountains, check out some of the other wineries there, such as Stonewall Creek Vineyards and 12 Spies Vineyards, which are close by each other. If you want to get more of those beautiful mountain views, check out Black Rock Mountain State Park, also nearby, for our favorite vistas of the north Georgia mountains.
Tip: Buy a bottle of your favorite tasting and save it for a special occasion! We really enjoy opening up a bottle a couple months after we have visited a winery to add a special wine with our dinner and remember the nice time we had visiting the winery.