Local Cider in North Georgia
There are so many fantastic wineries, breweries, and distilleries in Georgia that you may not even be aware that there are also great places to find fruit-based hard ciders in North Georgia!
Check out these places for unique tastes from the North Georgia mountains!
Local Ciders in North Georgia
While in North Georgia, take advantage of the local places to sample unique ciders made locally in the Georgia mountains. Use the map below to find the closest location and plan a great trip with your friends and family.
Mercier Orchards has been in business for over 75 years and is known for its U-pick events and hard ciders.
For the full Mercier Orchard Blue Ridge GA experience, visit the original farm location at 8660 Blue Ridge Drive. This family-friendly destination is open early and invites you to dine at their cafe, pick your own fruit, try the adventure/obstacle course, fish in the catch-and-release pond, and sample their hard ciders and fruit wines!
The primary market and bakery are open daily, while the farm cafe is open Saturday through Monday. Other events are seasonal and depend on harvest dates. Mercier Orchards is closed on holidays.
Dogs are allowed outside on the Hard Cider Deck, but are not allowed inside the market or in the orchards.
- Phone: +1 (800) 361-7731
- Address: 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA
- Website: mercier-orchards.com
- Facebook: Mercier Orchards is rated 4.8 with 5,250+ reviews and 97,000+ likes
- TripAdvisor: Mercier Orchards is rated 4.5 with 2,450+ reviews
- Untappd: Mercier Orchards is rated 3.6 with 4,600+ ratings
Reece’s Cider Company
Reece’s Cider Company opened in September 2021 and produces a wide variety of delicious hard ciders on-site. The craft ciders are available in semi-dry (Ellijay Apple), sweet (Poppy’s Pick), semi-sweet (Ol’ Red), plus unexpected flavors (Hops of Jupiter and The Tango).
Cider is available in glasses, bottles, cans, and in 4-glass flights (perfect for finding your new favorites)! Additional selections available in the tasting room at Reece’s Cider include craft beer, local wines, and snack foods.
Reece’s Cider Company is open daily for your convenience and has live music on weekends. Outdoor seating is available at picnic tables next to the tasting room. Bring your leashed dogs, as the indoor and outdoor spaces are pet-friendly.
- Phone: +1 (706) 635-2775
- Address: 9110 Georgia Highway 52, Ellijay, GA
- Website: reecescidercompany.com
- Facebook: Reece’s Cider Co. is rated 5.0 with 20+ reviews and 1,400+ likes
- TripAdvisor: Reece’s Cider Co. is rated 4.5 with 5+ reviews
- Untappd: Reece’s Cider Company is rated 3.7 with 550+ ratings
Note that Waldmet Cellars in Jasper closed permanently on December 31, 2022.
North Georgia Cider Map
This interactive map can help you locate the local meadery or cider house closest to you. Click the checkboxes to add nearby wineries and/or meaderies to the map.
In addition to the great local cider, there are a lot of nearby North Georgia’s u-pick apple orchards in the Ellijay area too!
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What are your favorite hard ciders from North Georgia?
I just read your post on North Georgia scenic drives and wondering and checking the distance, place, etc from New York. My mind says, go now and behold the beauty of the fall. Unfortunately, I can’t make it now which is under 2 hr by plane and I have a Delta flight point to buy a ticket.
Picking up the Apple and having some fresh cider? What can be more enjoyable for a foodie?
I can only imagine the aroma visitng the different places and the places with ciders can relieve mental stress!
Thank you for the details of these places to enquire your need.
Thank you for this informative post.
The apple harvest (and festivals) will begin soon and it will be the perfect time to visit for fresh cider and apple treats. If you are able, plan to visit in the fall when you can enjoy picking apples at u-pick farms while enjoying the legendary autumn scenery!
Hi Alyce! Thanks so much for this excellent info! I LOVE the Blue Ridge Mountains as I used to live there, what an absolutely beautiful landscape it is :). I’ll have to check these spots out the next time I’m in the area, they all sound like so much fun! I’m particularly a fan of live outdoor music, it’s super cool that some of these locations offer that. We are just entering an excellent time of year for it too!
Hi Megan, I couldn’t agree more! What could be better than enjoying great weather, beautiful scenery, and live music, all while sampling delicious local ciders?!? 🙂
I was introduced to cider fairly recently and I particularly enjoy fruit ciders, so it is great to find that there are places to taste and try local ciders. Mercier Orchards seems to be a farm where one can actually spend the entire day and apart from picking your own fruit, you can also do fishing in the catch-and-release pond.
Do you know if any of these meaderies produce organic ciders or products? Thank you for sharing.
Hello and thanks for sharing! There is certainly a lot to do at Mercier Orchards in addition to sampling the ciders!!
I don’t recall seeing any certified organic cider during my cider house visits, but as the cider selection is rotated often, it is something I’ll keep an eye out for in the future.
Thanks for sharing these locations for local cider in Georgia. I honestly have not heard of these places before now. Ciders I believe are very helpful for the body when taken moderately. It is also good to know that some of the local ciders offer live music while customers enjoy cider sips, amazing.
Hi Bethel, These North GA cider houses are located among gorgeous scenery, so it’s great to have a tasty excuse to visit them often! Live music on the weekends makes it even better!!
It’s amazing how many places there are that we don’t know about. I would love to visit some of them just for the experience and to try out something different from the usual places. It’s always nice to have new experiences and some of these local ciders looks extremely nice. Thank you for the heads up!
Hi Stratos, You are so right — there is a strong appeal to seeing and visiting the cider houses that make these unique flavors in North Georgia! Plus, I’ve found some new favorites (including the semi-dry “Ellijay Apple” cider at Reece’s Cider Co) that I’m very excited to share with my friends and family!