A short drive from Valhalla, Yonah Mountain Vineyards sits on 200 sprawling green acres that host a working family farm winery that pours handcrafted wines every day of the week and delightfully tours guests through their intricate process. Its rolling hills and sandy soil are the perfect setting for 20 planted acres of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot … and its no secret on the grounds that this family (and their team) love their job.
Grab a group of girlfriends and choose a visit to The Tasting Room for sips of your favorite varietals, a weekend Cave Tour & Tasting, or a quiet afternoon enjoying the mountainside view with a picnic and a bottle of wine. With a little more planning, you can snag a ticket to one of Yonah Mountain Vineyard’s renown annual wine events.
If you only choose one, book the intimate tour of the winery – often led by the owner himself – which includes an up-close-and-personal view of the only known wine caves in Georgia. For 90 minutes, leisurely stroll while listening to fun stories and learning the rich family history behind the vineyard, all while sipping on eight of the winery’s current releases.
Not just a beautiful winery, Yonah Mountain Vineyards offers stunning facilities that can easily host a private event, big or small. The Vineyard Ballroom is a premier luxury 10,000-square-foot venue with a beautiful double staircase (visually striking and functionally poignant) for a guest of honor’s grand entrance, and a simple canvas that can embody everything from gorgeously rustic and elegant to sophisticated, tailored and chic.
The winery tour was such a treat. I know we will enjoy going back to visit the friends we made and of course enjoy plenty of wine again!
Photographer – Janet Howard Studio
Planning and Design – Michelle Gainey, Lemiga Events
Venue – Yonah Mountain Vineyards
Video – AHP Video