Indulging in wine has been known to make people talk more than usual, befriend strangers, and walk on their hind legs. Enjoy this rare sensation combination with today's Groupon for Georgia Wine Hiking. Choose from three sipping and sauntering options:
- For $38, you get a three- to four-hour trip that includes an easy hike of Stone Mountain or Fort Yargo plus a wine tasting at Château Élan for one person (a $95 value).
- For $50, you get a five- to six-hour trip that includes a more mountainous hike of Bartram Trail and a tasting at Tiger Mountain Vineyards (a $125 value).
- For $68, you get a full day (approximately eight hours) of strenuous hiking up Standing Indian Mountain, plus lunch on the go and a tasting at Persimmon Creek Vineyards (a $170 value).
The pick-up location for all three hikes is at I-85 and Indian Trail Road in Norcross.
Each of Georgia Wine Hiking's excursions gives outdoorsy oenophiles a chance to escape the city's noise, dirt, and vuvuzela alarm clocks in favor of majestic mountain trails that end in a lineup of local libations. Friendly pathfinders—knowledgeable of local flora, fauna, and first aid—guide trail trampers through pristine landscapes that suit their physical-fitness level. At the end, you'll reach a temple of grape temptation, where you'll get to sample eight wines and accompanying cheeses. Besides walking off excess poundage, lowering blood pressure, and warding off osteoporosis, you'll also enjoy all the health benefits of wine drinking, such as feelings of increased attractiveness and a healthy flush to the face. Each hike can accommodate up to eight people, and underage hikers hoping to spot Bigfoot without gargling grapes may attend the trip without tasting.
At the summit of Mount Yonah, hikers bask in the dying sunlight and soak up views of verdant foothills that span the horizon. Before the sun dips below the peaks, they meander back down the craggy trail toward Habersham Vineyard, where they can toast to a wholesome day of hiking. This scenic hike is one of dozens of possible routes led by Winery Journeys’s knowledgeable guides. They draw upon their knowledge of the region to showcase the best trails and wineries during daylong tours. Based on each group’s fitness level, interest, and ability to tolerate photo-bombing sasquatches, guides can plan easy-going three-hour hikes around Victoria Bryant State Park, or embark instead on a 10-hour journey up the steep foothills of Standing Indian. Regardless of the tour route, guides take time to point out local flora and fauna, and energize groups’ with a light lunch.