Promoting wine tourism opportunities in the Eastern United States
Winemaker Craig Boyd has over 28 years of winemaking experience. Armed with a Master’s Degree in Enology and Viticulture from U.C. Davis, Boyd made wine in California, New York, South Dakota and Arizona before settling at Montaluce. These years of varied winemaking are brought to bear with impressive results.
I tasted several of the Montaluce wines and all were of exceptional quality. A pair of Seyval Blancs made with different levels of residual sugar had different merits, but were both worthy of note. A rosato made from a field blend of eight different grapes was a simply beautiful wine. The star of my initial tasting was the “Super Tuscan” comprised of Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. It was simultaneously complex and approachable with rich fruit and a very long finish.
From the tasting bar, we continued our Montaluce experience in the restaurant. Along with dishes prepared by Chef Chris Matson, we relied on the recommended pairings. The Chilean Sea Bass and Duck Duet of confit and loin were expertly paired with the Pinot Grigio and Malbec Reserve respectively. It was easily one of the best dining experiences in the greater Dahlonega area.
Montaluce Winery and Estates has a loyal local following, but a large number of visitors are drawn from Metro Atlanta as well as other parts of the broader region. This is for good reason. Great wine, great food, refined service and the quality of the venue conspire to make Montaluce a remarkable experience. I am certainly an advocate. So if you’ve already visited or after you stop in, please let me know what you think.
A beautiful Italianate tasting room and restaurant building.
Montaluce Winery & Estates Profile
I knew of Montaluce Winery near Dahlonega, Georgia before our visit. Despite that, I was unprepared for the size, layout and grandeur of of the estate. Entering the 400 acre property through the main gate, one must navigate past Italianate villas, woodland and vineyards before arriving at the Tuscan-style tasting room and restaurant complex with its commanding hilltop view of the grounds.
According to Assistant General Manager Kevin Gardner, “great effort and care” has been taken to create a precise experience at Montaluce. The 14 acres of estate vines are meticulously managed and supplemented with sourced fruit to create the finest possible wine. Those wines can be sampled at the tasting bar or they have been expertly paired with menu items in the winery’s high-end farm to table restaurant. The staff is well trained, customer oriented and attentive. From reception at the front door to the tasting room or restaurant, someone is assigned to help craft a personalized experience.
Open to Public
Fri-Sat 11 to 10; Sun-Thu 11 to 9
A lovely patio area at the end of the tasting bar.
Plenty of space at the tasting bar.
Bottle sales and other items in the Montaluce Market.
Owner(s): Mountainfield Development
Winemaker: Craig Boyd
501 Hightower Church Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533
phone: (706) 867-4060
email: See website