Appalachian Wine Country
Explore the vineyards of North Georgia and western North Carolina, two of the most exciting young wine regions in the country, and taste the viniferous vision of one of our country’s founding fathers.
The tradition of vineyards in the southern Appalachians extends back further than most people realize. The very idea of making wine in the US was first made popular in the late 18th century in Virginia…by Thomas Jefferson himself. An avid wine connoisseur and well versed in the European varietals, he planted vineyards at Monticello and once declared: "We could in the United States make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good." He would no doubt be pleased today to see how far winemaking in the Southeast has come.
Bicycle through the rolling terrain, of North Georgia, to three of the most promising vineyards in Georgia. Each of them showcase vineyard splendor and mountain beauty, and include the Wolf Mountain Vineyards, Three Sisters Vineyard and Frogtown Vineyards. You’ll experience private wine tastings at each, and a gourmet lunch along the way. The innkeepers and fine wine aficionados will be preparing a special wine-tasting dinner for us. We’ll summit the highest point in Georgia, at Brasstown Bald and continue hiking after lunch, toward Crane Creek Vineyards, where we will have our evenings wine tasting and culinary event. We’ll be crossing the borders into North Carolina, ultimately en route to the Yadkin Valley region where many of the top Carolina vineyards thrive. Nonetheless, arguably wine-making in the state of North Carolina began on the Biltmore Estate. Once we arrive near the estate, we’ll enjoy a refreshing and relaxing float down the French Broad River that ends at the footstep of the Biltmore Winery. From there we’ll enjoy our wine tasting experience before enjoying an excellent dinner, further showcasing their wines, this evening at our top notch accommodations. Our final regional destination is the rolling countryside west of Winston-Salem, NC. Our bicycle loop meanders past fields and forests, on our way to three of North Carolina’s best vineyards; including the Westbend, Hanover Park and RayLen Vineyards. Enjoy meeting the vintners, as you sample the fruits of their labors which have earned them the coveted viticultural appellation for the Yadkin Valley.
Age range, type of group
We believe that active travel is for everyone! All of our tours have a multisport itinerary. Pre-trip planning is always recommended and training suggestions can be found in the Discover Adventures Trip Planner. This tour consists of rolling and mountainous terrain; relaxing and some challenging biking, hiking, and a river float. Typically there is 15-30 miles biking, with longer options available, 4-8 miles hiking, and a gentle river float. Minimum age is 15 years old (guests under 21 will not be able to participate in wine tastings);
Sleeping and meals
Eating well has never been a problem on our tours. You can eat as much or as little as you like. Some choose to snack all day, while others choose to work up their appetite for the fine cuisine later in the day. Either way, active travel is conducive to eating, because you can always pedal the extra mile!
Accommodations are always the region's finest on our tours. For this tour, you'll enjoy the Beechwood Inn, voted best Inn in a Wine Region, the Inn on Biltmore Estate, and a charming Inn in the Old Salem Historic District.
Cell phones and anything having to do with work! The multisport trips we have, do not allow pets. Minimum age for this tour is 15; must be 21 to participate in wine tastings and events.
This adventure is 6 days and 5 nights long, starting on a Sunday, and finishing on a Friday afternoon. You can choose an existing date, or you can create a custom tour dates with us. The trip cost is $2,080 per person, and that's all-inclusive save for one dinner and one lunch. We reserve these meals for a few valuable private moments that many of guests desire. You certainly can have your own room if you're traveling single, but the rates are based on double occupancy, and a single supplement will apply.
The Appalachian Wine Country can be enjoyed year-round, although our favorite time of the year to travel there is in the summer and Fall. The activities on this tour include biking, hiking and river kayaking. A complete trip planner is delivered to you upon reserving a tour, and this includes tour specifics, packing ideas, transportation considerations and the like.
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