10 of the Best Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries in the Atlanta Suburbs

Nov 3, 2022

Search for that New Neighborhood and Home, Then Sip It All In Atlanta Style

Exploring the ‘burbs is thirsty work. After a day of town tours searching for your dream neighborhood and new home, kick back and relax at one (or more!) of the wineries, distilleries, and breweries that dot the Atlanta suburbs. 

#1. Distillery of Modern Art (Chamblee)

Indulge all your senses at this one-of-a-kind cocktail lounge that combines modern art with modern cocktails. Take in displays by local artists in the gallery while sipping another artform—carefully curated craft cocktails made from locally produced gin, vodka, bourbon, and amaro. And with a move to the Atlanta area in your future, be sure to toast the Peach State with their signature peach-flavored vodka

#2. American Spirit Works (Buckhead)

If you’re passing through (or—let’s be honest—anywhere near) Buckhead, make a detour to the award-winning American Spirit Works’ tasting room to sample their small-batch bourbon, rye, vodka, whiskey, single malts, and gin. Additionally, you can even take a behind-the-scenes tour to see how they mash, ferment, and distill craft bourbons and whiskeys on-site in beautiful twin copper pot stills. Walk ups are welcome, or you can make reservations here

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#3. Sweetwater Brewery (Buckhead)

“We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time,” is the mantra at Sweetwater Brewery, a Buckhead institution that was recently named the coolest brewery in Georgia by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Take your pick from twenty-four different brews on tap in the Taproom, along with an extensive menu of munchies, wings, sandwiches, salads, and more

#4. Iron Hill Brewery (Dunwoody)

Want to soak up the brewery scene like a true local? At Iron Hill Brewery, it’s all local—the beer is brewed ten feet from your table at the on-site brewery and every bite on the New American menu is made in house from scratch. Can’t decide which brew to try? Start with Iron Hill’s King’s Gold, which took home the gold in the American Pilsner category at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival. 

#5. From the Earth Brewing Company (Roswell)

The name says it all: From the Earth Brewing Company’s commitment to farm-to-table runs deep. This restaurant and brewery works closely with local farmers and growers to source the freshest, sustainably raised, premium ingredients for its vast menu, which is fused with an extensive list of well-crafted microbrews. Not a beer fan? Check out the wine, cocktail, and house soda offerings. If you’re lucky, you’ll visit during the Back Porch Concert Series, which hosts local acts, tribute bands, and more. Check out the schedule here.  

#6. Dry County Brewing Company (Kennesaw)  

Not sure if you’re in the mood for craft beer or craft liquor? At Dry County Brewing Company, you don’t have to decide: at Georgia’s only taproom offering craft beers, craft cocktails, ciders, and seltzers, you can get it all—and it’s all made in-house. Adding to the fun, food trucks, paint parties, corn hole leagues, and trivia nights are hosted on the regular at this hopping taproom. But, we never make a visit without sampling their signature Blueberry Lemonade Vodka, made from real blueberry puree. 

#7. The Painted Horse Winery and Vineyard (Milton)

Two passions—one for horses, one for wine—collide at The Painted Horse Winery and Vineyard and neighboring Pamelot Farm, where you can tour the vineyards and learn how wine is made, visit with the horses and other farm animals, and then head to the tasting room to sip a glass of handcrafted wine. PS Attention horse lovers: If you make the Milton area your home, Pamelot Farm offers horseback riding lessons, summer camps, horse boarding, and amazing birthday party packages for kiddos. 

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#8. Qualusi Vineyards (Acworth)

The whole family—even the four-legged ones!—are welcome at Qualusi Vineyards. This laid-back family-owned and -operated winery offers a variety of red, white, and fruit wines that you can enjoy in the new-ish tasting room or at one of the picnic tables set among the vines. On the weekends, you can nosh on a locally made charcuterie platter or grab some food from a popular area food truck and enjoy live music on the lawn. The land the 20-acre vineyard sits on has a rich Cherokee heritage, which is honored by the winery’s name: qualusi is the Cherokee word for “grapes.” 

#9. Chateau Élan (Braselton) 

Take a little trip to the French countryside—no passport required!—at the enchanting Chateau Elan Winery. Located in the rolling foothills and wooded forests north of Atlanta, the winery is part of Chateau Elan, North Georgia’s premier destination resort. You can book a behind-the-scenes tour of the vineyards and winery production facility, then enjoy a (very generous) pour in the tasting room. Reservations are needed for winery tours, but walk-ins are welcome in the sleek, industrial-style tasting room.

#10. Yonah Mountain Vineyards (Cleveland)

Sip world-class wines while taking in breathtaking views of the Yonah Mountain at this boutique winery northeast of Atlanta. Seven varietals are planted on twenty acres, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. The tasting room is open seven days a week, but the real magic happens on Saturday afternoons when they offer tours of the wine caves, complete with exclusive tastings, chocolate pairings, and a souvenir glass—if you’re interested, be sure to book the Winery Select Tour in advance. 

Ready to start exploring the Atlanta-area ‘burbs? Get in touch with our Atlanta-based Strategist to start your search.

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