Old-Ellijay Tours

1 Day

Visit Ellijay's Best Wineries and Vineyards in a Day.

Pick up location is is adjacent to the Ellijay Courthouse, behind the Ellijay Welcome center. See Map Here 
Downtown Welcome Center - Ellijay, GA
10 Broad St, Ellijay, GA 30540
All tours will leave by 12:10 pm sharp. Please try to be at the rendezvous spot by 11:30 am. You will need to show a valid ID as proof of age before departing.

Public Wine Tours

Public wine / apple trips are shared with other travelers. You will receive a complimentary lunch and wine tastings at all of the vineyards that we visit. Public wine trips will visit the listed vineyards below. Monday - Thursday: $95 /person Friday - Saturday: $109 /person Children: $30
  1. Grapes and Ladders Winery
  2. Chateau Meichtry Vineyards
  3. Ott Farms and Vineyards

Private Wine Tours (Minimum of 7 Seats)

Private trips allow you to experience Wine Country on your terms with a customizable tour. You can choose three or four vineyards from the list below to visit. Then all you need to do is to spend the day touring your wineries of choice exclusively with your group. Throughout the day you will receive special one-on-one care and attention from your private guide and driver. You will receive a complimentary lunch and wine tastings at all of the vineyards that we visit. Monday - Saturday: $109 /person Children: $30 Available Vineyards:
  1. Cartecay Vineyards
  2. Buckley Vineyards
  3. Chateau Meichtry
  4. Ott Farms and Vineyard
  5. Engelheim Vineyards
  6. Fainting Goat Vineyards
  7. Grapes and Ladders
  8. Bear Claw Vineyards
  9. Sharp Mountain Vineyards
  10. Chateau Meichtry Vineyards
  11. Canoe Vineyards
  12. Reece tasting room
*Some long-distance tours may require a fuel addendum.

Apple Tours (Minimum of 7 Seats)

Our Apple Tours visit the best Apple houses and orchards around Elljay: R&A orchards BJ Reece orchards Panorama Orchards Available 6 days a week -  $99 /person Children: $30
Please Note: Due to unforeseen events, i.e. Weddings, situational closures, itineraries are subject to change. Your guide will choose the best route and schedule to follow based on local weather, traffic and tourist volume. Winery visits are roughly 2.5 hours, but may be prolonged or shortened based on plurality of traveler responses. Wine trip itinerary changes are not eligible for a refund apart from our general refund policy.

Trip Highlights

  • Wine Tastings
  • Wine Store
  • Live Music
  • Vineyard Tours
  • Country Gift Shops
  • Hard Apple Cider
  • Area's Best Food Trucks


Approximately 5.5 Hours :
Ellijay's Ultimate Wine Tour

Wine Tour Itinerary

1. We will arrive at approximately 12:30 pm at Grapes and Ladders Winery for lunch and and tour of the grounds. Grapes and Ladders  has been open since September 2020, and are all the rage as one of the newest wineries around. They are open year-round and is operated by friendly owners who love to meet new people.

2. We will then depart from Grapes and Ladders Winery at approximately 2:00pm and make our way to Chateau Meichtry Vineyards, a family owned and operated winery and vineyard, located in north Georgia wine country. The vineyard lies in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

3. At approximately 3:20 pm we will depart from Chateau Meichtry and head to Ott Farms and Vineyards. Ott Farms and Vineyard is located on 20 acres of some of North Georgia’s most beautiful mountain scenery. Ott Farms and Vineyards was built from the ground up by Mike Ott. After finding the property, clearing the land, planting plants, setting posts, running wire, hanging trellis systems, pruning, training, harvesting and making their own wine, Ott Farms and Vineyards is one of North Georgia’s most sought after local wines.

4. We will depart at approximately 5:15 and head back to town where we originally met in the courthouse parking lot where everyone will be dropped off. Those who were picked up will then be dropped off at their house.

*All times are estimates, parties can choose to stay longer at each destination.


Wine Tour FAQ's

May we pick the wineries?

If you are sharing the bus with others, your tour driver will take responsibility for planning the best tour day possible for the entire group. If you are a private group; your wish is our command!

What should we expect in wine country during COVID-19?

Nothing is more important to us than keeping safe our guests and our staff! We ask that all travelers maintain a safe distance and recognize protocols set by the CDC. Masks are not required.

How do you determine which wineries are best to tour?

Rave reviews from previous tour groups. Smaller, non-touristy locations Excellent wines, moderately priced Warm & friendly service Perks available (free wine tasting) We only visit wineries whose tasting fees are reasonable.

How long will we spend at each winery?

No set time. Some winery experiences take longer than others. The average is about 90 minutes at each winery. We’ll spend a little longer at whichever of the wineries we use for our picnic lunch.

Will you pick us up at our houses?

If you live within 10 miles of the center of Ellijay (Our rendezvous spot) we will pick you up for no additional charge. Then we will head to the rendezvous spot to pick up the other travelers. If you live outside of a 10 mile radius (a maximum of 20 miles) there is an additional surcharge of $15 per person.

Will we be too tipsy to drive at the end of the day?

Downtown Ellijay is full of beautiful shops and restaurants where you can spend some time and relax before driving home. We advise people who drive in for the day to arrange to hang out and have dinner before driving back to your destination. Better yet, you might consider staying at a local inn or B&B. Please contact us for suggestions.

Can we get to your pick-up location by public transit?

No. There is no public transportation in Ellijay at the moment. However there are ride-share and Uber services available that you may want to consider.

What time do you leave for the tour?

12:10 pm sharp. We ask that you come early so that you can get situated and checked in.

What time will you pick me up from my house?

We ask that you are ready by 11am when we begin picking travelers up.

Why do I need a photo ID, I'm obviously old enough?

Georgia law requires that we check each travelers ID.

Can under-age people tour with me?

Only on our Apple Tours. Minors are not permitted on our wine tours.

Rendezvous Place: Meet behind Downtown Welcome Center in Gilmer County Courthouse parking lot.

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