Come on a wine tasting adventure in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains!

All inclusive Private or Public Wine Tours, Private Sommelier Tours, Wine and Culinary Adventures, Private gatherings, Transportation Services and more




VIP Southern Tours has had the same mission since 1996: create a memorable experience for each guest. And since 2013 we have specialized in small group wine tours that are exclusive, fun and informative.

We also offer executive-style transportation services for weddings, company outings, or custom events.

Our tours and services are for people who desire a high level of quality. And we strive to exceed expectations each day. You can sit back, relax, and let our professional team do the rest.

Book a tour or give one as a gift. We guarantee a more refined understanding of local wines, and a lasting memory of beautiful North Georgia Wine Country.



We are located in the heart of North Georgia’s wine country just outside Helen, Georgia. We offer public, private and custom tours designed to enhance your tour experience. You can create your own custom private tour or join other wine lovers for a fun and informative wine tasting experience in the beautiful North Georgia mountains.

Exclusive ‘Sommelier’ hosted educational wine tours and food tasting experiences are available.

Our private and public wine tours include an artisan picnic lunch and tastings at 3-4 feature wineries and tasting rooms from the Unicoi Wine Trail and others in the White County and Eastern Lumpkin County area.


Our Featured Wineries

  • Yonah Mountain Vineyards
  • Serenity Cellars
  • The Cottage Vineyard and Winery
  • Habersham Winery
  • CeNita Vineyards
  • Stonewall Creek Vineyards Tasting Room in Sautee
  • Sylvan Valley Lodge and Cellars Tasting Room
  • Kaya Vineyards
  • Frogtown Cellars
  • Cavender Creek Vineyards

Custom Private Wine Tours

We can also design a custom tour to wineries not on our featured list. These include:

Wineries near Clayton – Tiger Mountain Vineyards, Stonewall Creek Vineyards, 12 Spies Vineyards, Currahee Vineyards, Hightower Creek Vineyards

Wineries near Dahlonega, Jasper and Blue Ridge area – Montaluce Winery, Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery, Three Sisters Vineyard and Winery, Blue Mountain Vineyards, Odom Springs Vineyard, Serenberry Vineyards, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, Cartecay Vineyards, Engelheim Vineyards, Chateau Meichtry Vineyards, Fainting Goat Vineyards

Wineries near Gainesville – Sweet Acre farms, Chateau Elan

If you are interested in any of the aforementioned wineries for a special private wine tour please contact us directly at 706.878.1011 or email us for more information.

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When people travel they grow. They become happier, build self confidence, make new memories and experience new things. I have this incredible passion bringing people together with a new destination and experience and I truly love creating memories.

I have traveled as long as I can remember. I’ve visited 60 countries and have taken hundreds of travelers to Europe over the years. I graduated Georgia State in 1998 and knew I would continue to stay in the travel industry. In 1996 I opened up a full service travel agency near Helen, GA and to this very day I truly enjoy matching up the traveler with the right trip.

In 2013 I met with local businesses and officials to come up with ways to bring the wine industry and the tourism industry together. I decided to take a leap of faith and created a wine tour experience. The ingredients were perfect for me, I was in my hometown, it brought together travelers and locals, it was fun, and it included wine! I created an all-inclusive wine tour, bringing out all the best options from previous travel experiences. Travelers enjoyed beautiful scenery, had fun tour guides, enjoyed unique wineries and made wonderful memories.

The tours grew from one bus to multiple buses in just a few short years. I received an award of Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 by the White County Chamber of Commerce. I continue to work hard with my team to strive for a level of excellency and commitment to our travelers and local community.

After a short time, I also realized that there were so many types of travelers and the standard full day wine tour was simply not one size fits all. We added unique and private tours to the lineup. I also learned that the wine tours really do bring people together, and in one year we doubled our private tour business. Families, friends, co-workers and special event tours. We now have found a way to fill every need on private tours, whether its a tour with a wine expert, chocolate tasting or even zip-lining (we recommend doing this FIRST before drinking wine).

I still am a full time travel consultant, and have clients from all over the world. I also look for new ways to grow the wine tours. I love traveling and am always looking for the next greatest adventure. My favorite trip? An Arctic Expedition around Svalbard, Norway. My favorite wine? Let’s just say, I’ve only met a few I haven’t liked!

Christina Ernst