Northeast Georgia wineries are exploding with vinis vinifera varital; a special class of European grapes grown for crafting fine quality wines. Each winery has a special personality of its own. Before prohibition, Georgia was sixth in the country in wine production, until 1920 when the 18th Amendment brought it to a halt. It was not until the early 1980’s that wineries and vineyards started popping up again in Northeast Georgia.
The microclimate in the Northeast Georgia Mountains is ideal for growing vinifera grapes, and the altitude is high enough to prevent the spread of some deadly diseases. The steep red-clay hillsides of North Georgia mirror the "Terra Rosa" (meaning red earth) soils of some of Europe's most famous wine-growing areas.